Letters to the editor

Mar. 23, 2013 @ 07:12 PM

Rhetoric shouldn’t stop responsible action

I read with interest the March 15, 2013 article “Senate GOP tell Obama to tone down the attacks.” Now that the Republicans have spent four years obstructing President Obama and thwarting good economic policy in an unsuccessful attempt to “make him a one-term president,” they have the gall to tell him that HIS rhetoric is not “conducive to compromise.” His rhetoric is primarily a summary of what we already know:

  1. Austere economic policies have caused Europe to go into recession.
  2. We need to reduce unemployment further and faster to grow the economy more substantially.
  3. We need to invest in infrastructure, e.g., improving the electrical grid, bringing all school buildings up to a reasonable standard that will support 21st Century education, maintaining bridges so they don’t collapse.
  4. Because of such investments, unemployment will decrease and the economy will grow faster.
  5. Growth will help reduce the already decreasing debt.
  6. There is no benefit to our country’s future in adopting policies that exacerbate the gap between rich and poor and further devastate the middle class.

Why can’t senators who claim that Mr. Obama’s rhetoric stops them from acting responsibly in the country’s best interest just do what is dictated by the reality of economic conditions and by what is right?

Neither party nor branch of government has a monopoly on rhetoric displeasing to the opposition, and neither should let that get in the way of making policy that is good for the future of the country.


Patricia Ashby



New buildings don’t fix Durham problems

And there it is: the new Justice Building rising toward the sky in a town with almost no justice.

This view originates from observing a 14-year-old with a clean record being sentenced directly to four months confinement during a “preliminary cause” hearing, despite protests by the public defender, to the famous lacrosse players’ debauchery (who, if they had been black, they probably would still be in jail), to the more recent declaration by Mayor Bell: “It’s unacceptable, the number of homicides we have in this city.”


After five terms, he finally figured it out and wants to publicly shame his own appointed Chief Lopez. The term “homicides” doesn’t begin to explain the number of innocent young children mowed down in their yards by gang drive-bys.

Durham voters keep electing Bell and Pro Tem McFadden and seem to expect different results. That’s the definition of insanity. The hypocritical sanctuary city that condemns Arizona and lacrosse players isn’t without sin. You can’t even exercise safely on the Tobacco Trail.

We could build three public schools for the expense of the so-called Justice Building, which is strategically positioned to allow judges to watch the Bulls play in a stadium also built at taxpayer expense.

Isn’t it time for the mayor, the pro tem, the City Council and most county commissioners to step down and let someone qualified to realistically stop all this carnage? Raising taxes, building more big buildings and banning smoking will obviously not stop all this abuse and killing.


Harvey Wensel