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Writers spot on about resolving conflicts, making decisions

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

I commend two recent pieces in The Daily Advance, a column by Richard Cartwright published on Dec. 30 and John Hood’s column on Jan. 4. I applaud both for their astute grasp of fundamental human conditions and their suggestions for improvement.

Cartwright recognized the deeply entrenched social norms of our Southern groups addressing both racial conflict and liberty. Moreover, he acknowledged the roles played by the symbolism of Silent Sam and Andy Griffith. He proposed resolving the conflict by melting down Silent Sam and using the material to create a statue of Griffith. He proposes such symbolism bringing about greater Christian love and peace. Well done, Mr. Cartwright.

Hood argued for basing social policy on hard evidence. His examples were right on target, indicating the difficulty in translating empirical research into policy with implications for politicians as well as the practitioners. If I were still teaching research methods courses I would certainly pass out copies of his work to my students. His point is so fundamental to improvement of government I urge all readers to review it.

It is vital that our political leaders review the research findings concerning the regulations they put in place. I suggest greater use of researchers and other scientists to advise our political leaders. Hood was correct: We all may be influenced by our political and social beliefs, but that must be taken into account as we apply evidence to our decision-making. Likely, if this were done, the debacle often seen at the national political level would be reduced.

Leon Reed Adams

Elizabeth City 

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