Letters to the editor

Sep. 05, 2013 @ 03:53 PM

Celebrate Constitution – pledge to vote

September 17 marks the 226th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. The League of Women Voters of Orange, Durham and Chatham Counties (LWVODC) will mark this milestone with new ways to encourage active citizenship.

I challenge anyone who has not yet registered to vote or updated their registration since they last moved to do so on Constitution Day. Voting is your chance to elect those who will make decisions about our economy, education, environment, and health care.

On September 24, league volunteers will register voters at community colleges in Pittsboro, Siler City and Durham, and at the Orange county campus of Durham Technical Community College. That evening at 7 the League will host  voter registration at the Durham South Regional Library and show the film “Iron Jawed Angels.”

The League is sponsoring candidates’ forums for Durham mayor and Ward 2 City Council, Chapel Hill Town Council, Carrboro Aldermen, and Chapel Hill/Carrboro School Board.  View our website at www.lwvodc.org for locations, dates and times.

Celebrate our Constitution—and our uniquely amazing democracy—by pledging to vote, and encouraging your friends and family to vote, on November 5.

Brenda Hyde Rogers


President LWVODC

Stop giving passes

Eric Becoats has an annual salary of $195,000. That's $3,750 a week or more specifically $93.75 an hour for an average 40-hour week, and that's just his salary, not including benefits. Can we stop giving passes to those who are entrusted to lead, but instead, use their position to enrich their own lives and abuse their positions of authority?

In 2010 WTVD reported the following:
“In 2004, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools suspended Becoats for one day without pay after administrators determined he had used district resources to work on his outside consulting business.
“WSOC-TV in Charlotte reported at the time that administrators ordered him to repay $3,600. He resigned after the incident.”

It seems old bad habits are hard to break.  A continuing pattern of behavior? What else should we know?  Why are the school board members covering for Becoats?  I petition Ray Gronberg to dig deeper.  Good job, Mr. Gronberg.

Wallace Chambers