Letters to the editor
Use biometrics for voter ID
Should voter ID become the law of the land, why not accomplish it through biometrics?
Electronic scans of voters' palms or fingerprints would provide instant and positive proof of identity.
Polls already have computers, and the hardware and software for biometric scanning is proven, cheap and readily available. Voters would not be burdened with needing photo ID cards, and there could be no argument that voters would be disenfranchised, since (most) everyone already has a palm or finger. Personally, I would enjoy the opportunity to give our current clique of elected officials the finger, but that's a different story.
Of course, if the reason for voter ID really is political rather than to reduce already negligible fraud, then by all means require everyone to go out and get a photo ID.
Obama can’t be trusted
Americans are fed up with a president who leads an administration and our federal government who treat the Constitution with utter disdain and act as though our liberties and freedoms are privileges granted by government that can be revoked at any time for any personal agenda and reason.
Sequester was the president's idea and he asked the Republicans to join in. They were ill-advised, for the president would only use this mechanism as a way to pursue his own personal agenda. The president has not been sincere in his efforts to cut lawless spending, but to blame Republicans for wanting to bring fiscal responsibility back to the White House.
President Obama has been flying Air Force One, still in campaign mode, all over the country to garner up support at the expense of the American taxpayers. He has broken the trust of many who see his rhetoric only as propaganda and personal agenda.
I no longer am able to trust a man who calls himself our president when he promised “transparency!”
Democrats should hang their heads in shame for what they are doing to this country through reckless spending and going along with an "ideology" that is not in America's best interest.
City must properly fund local trails
In the current economic climate, it is easy to imagine that funds for the maintenance of the American Tobacco and Greenway trails will be likely targets for cutbacks. I urge the city to adequately fund the maintenance of this important community asset in the 2013 budget.
Durham city trails are the gym membership or YMCA family membership for many young families that cannot afford those options for exercise and entertainment. At a time when obesity is at an all-time high, the city should do everything possible to encourage walking, running and biking on a traffic free trail.
After investing millions of taxpayer dollars in building the Durham trails, it makes sense to keep them in good repair. The Third Fork Creek Trail is one of the most beautiful trails because it goes through a nature area. However, it requires frequent maintenance to keep it passable.
Failure to keep the trails safe and free of obstacles will put the city at risk of liability issues and is not an intelligent option.
James Reed Clark