Letters to the editor

Aug. 23, 2013 @ 05:51 PM

Flouting the law

Normally, I am grateful for the role governments play in improving the lives of citizens and residents. I thank government for public schools, roadways, parks, libraries and regulations to protect workers, health and safety and the environment.

There are some areas, however, where I would agree with those who oppose big government. The Pentagon is one of those, including the National Security Agency (NSA), one of 17 intelligence agencies.

The NSA operations are classified and its budget is secret. The non-partisan Federation of American Scientists estimated the budget at $78 billion in 2012.

Any agency with that much money, broad powers and secrecy can do a lot of damage. In fact, thanks to Edward Snowden and recent statements by judges who have ordered the NSA to stop collecting email messages of Americans, we know that the NSA violates thousands of rules or court orders every year.

The big government we need to worry about is the secret intelligence bureaucracy that spies on us, and the rest of the world, and repeatedly flouts the law with impunity.

Betsy Crites

Durham

Uphold immigration veto

This alert goes out to every North Carolina FAIR supporter.

Last week, Gov. Pat McCrory vetoed House Bill 786, the Reclaim NC Act.

This bill would have harmed North Carolina workers by creating a loophole exempting nearly every illegal alien from the state's e-verify law. E-verify is a federal program through which employers verify that their workforce is legally entitled to work in the United States.

Please take the time as activists to see that this veto stands! Sustain Gov. McCrory's veto protecting N.C. workers. This law was originally designed to help our farmers, but what was created was a loophole big enough to drive a truck through which many businesses can abuse throughout the state at the expense of our workers! HB786 is unfair to legal North Carolina residents and employers who are working hard to follow the law. Be informed and call your state representative. North Carolina C deserves better than this!

Margaret Hood

Durham