Letters to the editor

Oct. 23, 2013 @ 12:29 PM

Observing group idiocy

Watching Republcian “governance” in the U.S. House of Representatives and the N.C. legislature is like observing a science experiment in group idiocy.  All of us have gone through this at some stage of our lives.  We have hung out with a group of folks who have ideas that seemed really attractive.  In the military, I came to think an important skill would be to fire a rifle at someone half a mile away.  My wife talked me out of having a gun in the house a couple of years later.  

I take out inmates on a community pass who are nearing release from prison.   A lot of guys I talk to made their mistake as young folks in an environment where right was wrong and wrong was right and they accepted that group view.  Many of my professional friends once used drugs.  

I think the guys I sponsor are collectively smarter than the folks in the U.S. House who shut down the government for two weeks, because the representatives are much older and should have learned the error of their ways by now.  Unlike my inmate friends, they haven’t learned much.  They haven’t pondered the truth of their beliefs and they refuse to listen to opposing views.  Maybe it’s too complicated for them.  Maybe it’s an intelligence issue.  Maybe they fear rejection by their group who will turn on them when they wise up.

If you want a real laugh, get this: Michelle Bachman is on the House Intelligence committee.

Larry Bumgardner

Durham

Stop the mandate

Stop the health-care mandate now. If people have to choose between feeding their family or buying health care, sorry, but I'm feeding my family and I'm not the only one that feels this way.

God,family then country.

Just another upset American.

Anthony Emory

Hillsborough

Cafeteria welcomed

The many improvements to downtown Durham brings much credit to the planners.

Visitors have to be impressed with the architecture and the unique designs of the

buildings.

Another big improvement is the C & H cafeteria at Northgate. The food is delicious and the prices are reasonable. The long-time need for a cafeteria has now been met. Thank you, C & H.!

James W. Faucette

Durham