Re: Domestic Violence; Mad about maddeningly; Rev. Barber and Art Pope | Letters to the Editor | Indy Week
Pin It

Re: Domestic Violence; Mad about maddeningly; Rev. Barber and Art Pope 

Re: Domestic Violence

In the Nov. 13 edition of the INDY ("A new approach"), there was a very well-done article by John H. Tucker focusing on using police and community pressure to deter domestic violence. Reading it, I was inspired to write this as a companion piece on the issue of domestic violence.

That the community can do more to prevent domestic violence is not in question. Still, my experience in law enforcement has shown me another large problem in dealing with domestic violence: individuals and communities who do not report crimes because they are afraid of law enforcement officers. Law enforcement agencies must have better outreach to the diverse communities in the county to ensure that a bond of trust is built. This will better ensure that all communities feel safe and protected.

People must not be afraid to call local law enforcement if they have a problem. Underreporting of domestic violence can be found in many groups, including racial minorities, LGBTQ communities and sexual assault victims (especially males). Building a "no-shame" policy around reporting such crimes is a must for all law enforcement agencies. Underreporting of crime is a disturbing but little talked-about issue. The solution above is a broad approach for how to begin to address it as a county.

If people are afraid to report, then criminals go unpunished and are emboldened to act against the community again. A forward-thinking law enforcement agency must build relationships of service and respect with all communities. In doing this we can have a better, safer county.

Keith Webster, Chapel Hill

The writer is running for election as Orange County sheriff.


Re: Mad about maddeningly

I write regarding the film review "Ghost town and country" in the Dec. 11 issue. It seems a copy editor choose "Nebraska is maddeningly dead-on" for a subtitle. I take issue with the word choice "maddeningly."

While it does exist in a dictionary, "maddeningly" is simply awkward. Just try and pronounce it! Who goes around saying "maddeningly" anyway? Seriously.

Like a whole lot of Maddens, I'm quite proud of my family name. According to my late grandfather, Madden used to be O'Madden but was generations ago altered to sound more American. As well, before U.S. immigration, the Gaelic family name was of other variations.

As a proud Madden, I find it consternating that the family name is used to somehow mean to anger, to infuriate, to make insane, to cause madness or to rage.

Besides, is the film Nebraska REALLY "dead-on" to the degree of causing anger, infuriation, insanity, madness or rage?

Really? I think not. Instead, the copy editor appears needlessly bombastic. (Yeah, "bombastic" is a SAT word, but at least people use it and are more able to pronounce "bombastic." Plus, I've used it correctly.)

Bill Madden, Carrboro

Editor's note: The copy editor did not write the subtitle; the culture editor did.


Re: Rev. Barber and Art Pope

Art Pope seems the better man of the year ("The Rev. Barber: Person of the Year," Dec. 18). He promotes independence for people with policies promoting voluntary association—that most effective of human solutions to cooperative living. And he helps puts resources back in the hands of citizens of the great state of N.C.

Live and help live, not live and raid the pocketbooks of other people's money. Speaking of Barber, he seems to live by begging contributions—tithes in his setting of religiosity.

It is a psychic temptation for the professionally religious to demand forced payouts, ostensibly to "help" third parties they designate. In the news, Barber is seen pursuing policies draining public resources for diversion to his pet audiences of captive voters. Nothing fair about that equation. Putting shared resources in wasted places where folk must lobby the Legislature for tax resources instead of creating honest value in voluntary exchange.

The Legislature has better things to do than promote risky business schemes, finance thinly disguised vote-buying ploys or funnel funds to insiders. Trading freely in an honest setting is wisest public policy and leads to the best durable results from learning to living. Independently. Let a thousand flowers bloom. Give peace a chance.

Dall Wilson, Raleigh

  • A forward thinking law enforcement agency; issue with the word "maddeningly"; a debate over Person of the Year

Latest in Letters to the Editor

Comments

Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in Letters to the Editor



Twitter Activity

Most Recent Comments

Thank you cleverweist1 and Cristel Gutshchenritter Orrand for the opportunity to stand up for what I believe in as a …

by half full on A Massive Scar (Letters to the Editor)

Mr Pollock makes some good points .
Noam Chomsky and Ron Paul have similar views on wars we have waged …

by CHHS Tiger on History you won't like either (Letters to the Editor)

Sadly, this letter, while well-meaning, is deeply flawed. The background check gun control law has failed but it can never …

by ProudlyUnaffiliated on No new gun laws! (Letters to the Editor)

For the life of me, I do not understand why folks keep yelling about their 2nd Amendment rights as though …

by cityfox on No new gun laws! (Letters to the Editor)

It seems the real problem with the guns is that the wrong people can get them illegally by : stealing …

by CHHS Tiger on No new gun laws! (Letters to the Editor)

Comments

Thank you cleverweist1 and Cristel Gutshchenritter Orrand for the opportunity to stand up for what I believe in as a …

by half full on A Massive Scar (Letters to the Editor)

Mr Pollock makes some good points .
Noam Chomsky and Ron Paul have similar views on wars we have waged …

by CHHS Tiger on History you won't like either (Letters to the Editor)

Most Read

© 2016 Indy Week • 201 W. Main St., Suite 101, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation