Letters to the Editor, Feb. 11

Feb. 11, 2014 @ 06:34 AM

Pottle’s world

The Herald-Sun of Feb. 10 contained a letter from Steven Pottle of Raleigh extolling the virtues of fracking for gas. There are indeed many Americans that are benefiting financially from drilling for gas and oil and U.S. liquid energy production has certainly increased in the past few years as a result of this new technology.
However, in Pottle's world, there apparently are no legions of heavy trucks ruining roads and neighborhoods, like places where fracking is currently happening.

In Pottle's world, the uber-secret fracking fluids do not contain dozens of undisclosed toxic chemicals that are threats to human, animal and plant existence.

In Pottle's world, his food and his family are raised without need of fresh water that tens of thousands of wells require at a clip of 3 to 7 million gallons each.

In Pottle's world, gas and oil production will go on interminably.

In Pottle's world we will never have rising sea levels, catastrophic droughts or biblical weather events due largely to burning of fossil fuels such as oil or gas sucked from the planet.
In Pottle’s world there apparently are no great-grandchildren.
Mr. Pottle, our world is not producing any more fossils to make your fossil fuel. Our world is not making any more water to replace what your wells will use and never give back.
Our world needs energy sources that are renewable and sustainable and not cause our potential great grandchildren to ask, “What on Earth were they thinking?”

Doug Roach

94 years of making democracy work

On Feb. 14, 94 years ago, the League of Women Voters was founded by Carrie Chapman Catt with the goal to secure the right to vote for women.

After nearly 100 years, the league is one of the most respected civic organizations in the country, but our work continues. The right to vote is under attack and the league as a defender of our democracy fights to ensure all Americans can cast a ballot.  The League is challenging the recent voter law in North Carolina that negatively impacts minorities, the elderly and students by eliminating same-day registration, reducing the number of days for early voting, eliminating pre-registration of 16-and-17 year olds and requiring a government-issued photo ID for the 2016 election.

Last year the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision which gutted key components of the monumental Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965, eliminating fundamental protections against racial discrimination in voting.  In January, members of Congress introduced a bill designed to modernize the VRAs. As we celebrate our 94th year, we call upon Congress act quickly to pass the bipartisan bill to modernize the Voting Rights Act. 

We urge citizens to work with the league and other non-partisan organizations to protect the Constitutional right to vote.

For more information about the League of Women Voters, please visit www.lwvodc.org or contact Brenda.hyde2@gmail.com.

Brenda Hyde Rogers

President, League of Women Voters -- Orange, Durham, Chatham

Thanks for ‘souper’ support 

I am writing once again on behalf of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court Durham #1576 to thank the Durham community that donated money to our members as they stood outside collecting on Feb. 1st with their soup pots.

Also, thanks to the parishioners of Immaculate Conception Church who contributed to the Souper Bowl Collection at the weekend masses.  This effort takes place annually on the same weekend as the Super Bowl.  This is the 19th year that the Catholic Daughters have nationally participated in the Souper Bowl of Caring Project.  We will be donating 100 percent of the monies collected to Urban Ministries of Durham for their Community Cafe. 

We want to thank all of those in our community who generously supported our efforts and made it another success.  We would like to thank Harris Teeter on Martin Luther King Boulevard for their assistance with our project by allowing us to collect money outside the store.

Kathy Straube