Letters to the editor

Aug. 16, 2013 @ 04:37 PM

McCrory and the elections bill

In signing the voter registration bill, Gov. Pat McCrory uses the weak argument that you need an ID to board airplanes, cash a check or apply for government assistance. 

Funny, I don’t remember any of those guaranteed by the Constitution.  In a democracy, we should do everything we can to make it easier to vote, not harder.  Since 2000, there has been an average of 1 case of in-person voter fraud per 15 million voters.  With a population of 10 million in North Carolina, is that ½ a person going to keep you out of office?  Of course not!  But making it harder for people to vote will guarantee your reelection.  Right, governor?

Terry Rudolph

Chapel Hill

Where’s the outrage?

President Obama does not miss an opportunity to remind us that the Iraq war has ended and the war in Afghanistan will end soon.

What we are not told is that the United States is committed to costly reconstruction programs in both of these countries.  Congress has authorized $60 billion for a variety of programs in Iraq and $90 billion for programs in Afghanistan. And Vietnam will receive over $150 million to clean up a dangerous chemical-infested area left from the defoliant Agent Orange.

Wars end, but our reconstruction obligations can go on for many years. These programs are often plagued by corruption and mismanagement.  The special inspector general  for Iraq Reconstruction and SIGIR’s sister organization monitoring spending in Afghanistan has sent congress several reports detailing widespread waste of reconstruction funds.

Where is the outrage?

Barry L. Reece