Letters to the editor

May. 14, 2013 @ 07:53 PM

Sequester hurts mothers and minorities

How did our country honor Mothers Day this year?

A sequester! Automatic cuts to these programs:

1. $333 million from Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children.

2. $20 million from domestic violence and sexual assault.

3. $86 million from women’s health programs.

4. $50 million from Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant.

5. $4 million from The Safe Motherhood Initiative to prevent pregnancy-related deaths.

6. $24 million from Title X Family Planning and Reproductive Health Services.

Low-income mothers and minorities will be hit the hardest and, in the long run, all Americans will pay the price for these regressive policies. America is a wealthy nation, but both our federal and state priorities are screwed up as we continue to spend trillions of dollars on weapons and wars and pitifully little on programs promoting peace and meeting basic human needs. This path is unsustainable.

Wake up, elected officials Richard Burr, Kay Hagan, David Price, Pat McCrory, Thom Tillis and Phil Berger.


Ruth Zalph

Chapel Hill


United States should lead by example on nukes

This letter is in response to your short book review of Denise Kiernan's book, "The Girls of Atomic City: the Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II.” After reading your review, I searched the Internet and read other reviews, as well.
All the reviews praised and paid tribute to these women for their work at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. It is puzzling to me that no one has expressed any guilt or remorse for the invention and use of these weapons of mass destruction that were produced there.

The USA is currently trying to delay and prevent the proliferation of nuclear technology leading to the capability to build nuclear weapons. I support our government's non-violent actions to persuade other nations not to build nuclear weapons, but I do not support military intervention. 

We and other nuclear powers must lead by good example and further reduce our and their nuclear stockpiles.


Kurt Becker



More in Durham should ride bikes

I would like to share that upon moving to Durham six months ago, I have not had to own a car, though I occasionally borrow one. My car-free state is only possible because Durham is a wonderfully bike-friendly city. As May is National Bike Month, this is a perfect time for our community to recognize and celebrate all the benefits of bicycling.

Bicycling keeps us healthy, carries us efficiently from point A to point B, saves us from high gas prices, and makes our air cleaner and our roads less congested.

Bicycling is good for our community and helps address many of our most pressing societal and environmental problems. Bicycling is fun!

Even though this week (May 13-17) is National Bike to Work Week, I encourage you to think of it as Bike to Anywhere Week. According to the national bike group PeopleForBikes, half of all trips Americans make are three miles or less - an easy biking distance.

If more people in our community bike, even just once a week or once a month, we’ll all be better off (even those of us who don’t ride). Did you know that Americans spend $81 billion on bicycling annually, generating 770,000 jobs and $10 billion in taxes. (Outdoor Industry Association. This month, dust off your bike and give two wheels a try!


Michael Reinke