Letters to the editor

Nov. 12, 2013 @ 11:45 AM

“Good job” to healthcare.gov

I logged on to Healthcare.gov on Nov. 8, at 12:30 p.m. and completed all the steps to create an identity and apply for my healthcare coverage. 

Within 30 minutes, the process was complete and I received my eligibility letter by email.  There were no freeze-ups or delays on the website; I moved quickly from one page to the next.  So, don't believe everything you hear about the healthcare.gov roll-out being a train wreck. Believe what you experience by applying for coverage. 

And be careful not to complain about the coverage you might be losing until you know, in dollars and cents and benefits, what your new coverage will be.  Don't believe the negative opinions of commentators on TV or any politician; they already have good insurance coverage. 

Finally, I want to say "good job" to all the IT people's hard work to make my experience good.

Rob Pochapsky

Durham

Be there for Miami

"They Find A Way To Win.....Again."

Enough said. Be there for Miami, for the last home game of the season, Saturday!

Mike Cotton

Durham

Worst-managed project

I cycle the American Tobacco Trail from New Hope Church road to the bridge over Interstate 40 three times per week. Every time I see the bridge I am reminded that this construction project is the worst-managed project I have seen in the 25 years I have lived in this city.

Before I retired from a major chemical company in the Research Triangle Park, I spent a large portion of my time managing expensive research contracts. If I had mismanaged any of my projects to the extent that the bridge was mismanaged, I would have been fired. The cost over runs and the missed deadlines would have lead to my immediate dismissal.

Evidently Durham City employees are not held accountable for their poor performance.

James Reed Clark

Durham

Surveillance abuses power

It is not surprising that Leonard Pitts feels that he is being watched, and he is probably not the only one. We now know that for years the NSA has been conducting a sweeping domestic surveillance program indiscriminately collecting and storing data on the phone calls and emails of hundreds of million of law-abiding Americans.

This news came as a shock to many Americans who believed that mass monitoring of personal communications of private citizens only happened in the kind of places they felt superior to, countries where even the most respectable residents self-censored what they said and wrote.

 A program that subjects the Internet and phone records of virtually everyone in the country to inquisitional scrutiny in a search for “patterns” and “networks” not only violates Fourth Amendment privacy rights, but contradicts the principle of “innocent until proven guilty.” Defending the “meta data database” on Fox News Sunday General Michael Hayden, former head of the NSA said, “We in the intelligence community felt it was the lightest as I said the lightest touch possible to try to divine who in America might be inside the enemy gate.”

 The domestic surveillance program is often presented to the public as a tradeoff between privacy and security, a choice that does not recognize how much the issue is power -- particularly the danger of abuse of power inherent in a system where people work in secret accountable to no one and charged with protecting the country by any means  necessary.

Lynn Mitchell Kohn

Durham