Letters to the editor
Repeal permit law
Reader Ralph Matthews (“Jim Crow Pistol Permit Law,” Letters to the Editor June16) is spot-on. This law has been on the books for decades, applying to only one county in all North Carolina: Durham.
Fortunately, this insult to Durham County may soon be history.
This issue was discussed at Durham GOP meetings this winter, resulting in one of our members contacting his state senator, Mike Woodard, for action. With support from Republican colleagues, Senate Bill 226 was introduced to repeal the Pistol Permit Law. It has been passed by the Senate and has crossed over for House action.
Wherever you stand on the gun control issue, our laws should apply equally to all counties regardless of their racial or ethnic components. Please urge your legislators to support Senate Bill 226.
Ethanol adds expense
With respect to the Business article "Boost for cars or bust? Ethanol debate heats up,” in Tuesday's The Herald-Sun Tuesday, I suggest you reprint the letter posted in the May 7, 2009, issue -- with the follow-up note that physics & chemistry haven't changed in four years.
Ethanol still has two-thirds the power of gasoline. With the prices quoted -- i.e. $3.35 a gallon for gas and $3.42 a gallon for E15 (15 percent ethanol) -- a car averaging 20 mpg will cost 7.5 percent more per mile to drive on E15 than on old-fashioned gasoline. And any new minimum cap on car mpg will be even harder to meet if ethanol is added or increased.
Also, the other counter-arguments noted four years ago still hold -- corrosion of pipelines, increased food prices, etc.
Roy W. Roth