Letters to the editor

Oct. 28, 2013 @ 03:03 PM

Planes to blame?

A recent Letter to the Editor by Laura Wenzel of Carrboro cited her agreement with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that fossil-fuel burning humans are the driving force behind global warming. I do not dispute that assumption.

Late one night six or seven years ago I was watching a gentleman as he talked on TV. He alluded to what he considered fact. This gentleman would not boldly say all he wanted to say for fear of retaliation. He said that a certain industry is the major force behind global warming, but this industry is so massive and important until no one would dare have the nerve to accuse them of being the culprit.

He hinted that global warming is mostly caused by the thousands of airplanes in the air at one time puffing out poisonous emissions. The gentleman said many of our leaders know this but every one is afraid to tackle this industry (airlines) but this would put his life in jeopardy.

Surely, many human activities contribute to global warming, but consider all those thousands of planes at a time flying relatively close to the ozone layer leaving a trail of poisonous gases.

If the gentleman I heard on TV is correct (I believe him), then the rest of our lives will be filled with frequent catastrophes.

Carrie T. Smith

Durham

Duke: Not just basketball anymore

Duke fans:  The Blue Devils are off this week. That's good. Banged up after hitting Virginia Tech very hard.

On Nov. 9th, we have N.C. State University at home. Please flood the athletic ticket office in the next 10 days and show up to support Coach Cut and this amazing team. There should not be an empty seat -- standing room only. And Royal Blue should swamp State Red. Duke teams of the past would have found a way to lose at Virginia and Virginia. Tech. This team finds a way to win.

If you can't be there, give your tickets away or buy a couple and donate them. The only way a State fan should be able to get a ticket is to buy one from a scalper. This Duke program is giving you what you have wanted for years. Maybe you haven't attended a Duke football game in quite a while. Now is the time. Show up and support Duke. It’s not just basketball anymore.

Mike Cotton

Durham

Meat industry scary

I am not scared of all the witches, zombies and assorted goblins wandering about on Halloween. What really scares me is the meat industry.

This is the industry that:

-- Mutilates, cages and butchers billions of cows, pigs and other sentient animals.

-- Feeds carcasses of cats and dogs killed in pounds to chickens.

-- Exposes undocumented workers to chronic workplace injuries at slave wages.

-- Exploits farmers and ranchers by dictating wholesale market prices.

-- Punishes documentation of its abuses through unconstitutional "ag-gag" laws.

-- Promotes world hunger by feeding nutritious corn and soybeans to animals.

-- Generates more greenhouse gases than any other human activity.

-- Generates more water pollution than any other human activity.

-- Creates a permanent "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico that dwarfs the BP oil spill.

-- Creates deadly antibiotic-resistant pathogens by feeding antibiotics to animals.

-- Creates epidemics of salmonella, listeria, and other infectious diseases.

 -- Promotes mortality from diabetes, heart failure, stroke, cancer and other diseases.

Now, that’s really scary. And this is why I am dropping animal products from my menu.

Chrisley Pickens

Durham

Leadership not evident

I’d like to personally thank Richard Clarke, and his recent letter, for recharging my editorial battery. I was having these scary thoughts that any negative comment directed toward the sorry and pathetic administration in Washington, and both the do-nothing long-time Democrats and Republicans that are addicted to the space they occupy in that city and whose main objective is to continue to breathe Potomac air and protect their turf, just might foster some federal agency to commence an investigation on me or mine. It happens so often! It seems that my (or your) freedom of speech could be in jeopardy if it is deemed anti-administration. 

Mr. Clarke’s sycophantic adherence to all things Democrat truly avoids logical contemplation of right and wrong. In simple explanation: Not all things Democrat are right and not all things Republican are wrong. In fact, all those political, save-my-seat-above-all, thinkers in the capital could use a course in “Responsibility to Constituents 101.” The objective is not what is best for Democrats (progressives) or Republican (conservatives), but, to pinpoint the best way for this nation to rise from the doldrums that envelop it. And, as President Lincoln said, “That this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom.”

So, in retrospect, is the present administration leading us in the right direction? No! Has it failed in every conceivable way? Yes. It’s obvious to even the most casual observer, Mr. Clarke, leadership, in a direction that will raise us all, is not evident.  

Ernie Wendell

Durham