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Dear editor, Israel has been a staunch ally of the United States throughout our illustrious history. They have been an avid supporter of our country through some of the most difficult times in our history. It really perturbs me that President Obama has chosen to practically thump his nose up at Israel while, at the same-time, inviting the president of Palestine to the White House, and offering the president of Palestine aid to his country. Palestine is practically ran by Hamas. They have got the majority in the legislature.

Hamas is clearly a terrorist organization which has killed many innocent Israelis over these many years. In my opinion,Israel had every right to defend its sovereignty from those who wish to eliminate it from the planet.

It is time for President Obama to realize who is our true ally in the Middle East and support Israel in this very difficult time,and stop trying to reach out to those who wish to harm us and our allies.

Sincerely, Steven M. Shelton, Greensboro Editor’s note: Israel was created as a Jewish state in 1947.

Dear editor, There is a dress code being considered at GTCC which clearly targets certain groups.

This dress code does not allow a student to wear certain types of attire on campus. In my opinion, this dress code targets certain group of people such a African Americans and Muslims, as they are the ones, more often than not, wearing these types of clothing which represents their heritage and/or their particular religion. I do not think a dress code is necessary because it is not going to make you a better student. A student will be a good student if the particular student wants to be a good student. Clothing has nothing to do with a student who truly wants to succeed in college and it is not going to make you feel better about yourself.

You should feel good about yourself without having a bunch of administrative nonsense mandated by a group of individuals setting in a back room somewhere making these types of decisions for you. We are losing many choices on the local, state and federal levels and this is just another example of the government intruding into our lives.

Sincerely, Steven M. Shelton, Greensboro

Dear Editor, The highway patrol needs discipline at all levels of its organization. There is no reason for patrolmen to get away with the unlawful behavior they have exemplified over the past several years. There have been officers who have gotten away with beating innocent animals, having sexual intercourse in the backs of patrol cars, speeding at high rates of speed putting average citizens in harms way of possible tragedy like what happened to the grandmother and her grandchild. If the governor or the attorney general are too weak to do anything about this type of behavior, perhaps there should be some changes at the top of this particular law enforcement agency and the top of the state of North Carolina.

These officers must learn that they work for the citizens of North Carolina and not for themselves. They are supposed to set a precedent for the rest of us and especially those children who may be watching their actions unfold on television. They should do the right thing and resign their positions so the citizens of this great state can have respectable representation that we solely deserve from a respectable law enforcement agency.

Sincerely, Steven M. Shelton, Greensboro

OPINIONS NEED COUNTER

Dear staff, I’m sure by now you have received at least one e-mail on this matter. Normally I view your publication as being something that includes articles of a local and/or regional context that I enjoy reading over a cup of coffee at work or in a caf’. However, recently I read an opinion piece by Alexander Cockburn called ”Pariah Nation” that stepped far beyond YES! Weekly’s area of expertise, into an international conflict with many deep and varying points of view.

I was a little stunned at your lack of providing any kind of balance, counterpoint, or context as to who the man writing the article was and what his motivations are. Even though I was saddened by Cockburn’s very selective memory and completely biased aurguement in regards to the issue of Israel/Palestine, I do wholeheartedly promote his and everyone else’s right to speak their mind.

The problem I have is the fact that there was no opposite view provided or counterpoint by another writer. I think it is highly irresponsible and unprofessional for a paper trying to break into a semi-mainstream readership to provide such a harsh opinion piece (to a public in an area with virtually no knowledge of the situation) without an opposing or balancing view. This is something I would expect from a politically aligned or fringe publication but not from YES! Weekly.

I think it would speak loads about your publication and its commitment to its duties if in next week’s issue (or at least soon thereafter) you provided an article with a coherent opposing view as to give a more complete story. This in my opinion would do more justice to you and the thousands of readers you service weekly. Thank you for your time and I look forward to enjoying a more professional YES! Weekly, with broader and more balanced reporting in the near future.

Sincerely, Dash Jacobs, Greensboro Editor’s note: Alexander Cockburn is a syndicated opinion columnist based in California.

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A DIFFERENT STROKE

Apparently dead people don’t have a right to privacy. The ex-wife of Gary Coleman recently sold his deathbed photos after she had him taken off life support. Why is that alright? Marilyn Monroe’s X-rays and a lock of Che Guevra’s hair have been auctioned off in the past. And now some legislators in New York want to turn their dead and dying citizens into automatic organ donors (unless they opt out), Dead people should have some rights, shouldn’t they?

Chuck Mann, Greensboro

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