Letters to the editor

Nov. 13, 2013 @ 10:51 AM

Stop ‘birther’ nonsense

A 2012 epic speech by Rafael Cruz that recently aired on MSNBC reminded me that the birthers  made the wrong turn when they came to a certain political fork (talking point) in the road: They took the right (red) road rather than the yellow brick road on the left. 

Of course, the road on the right led to Kenya, President Obama’s father’s country of birth.  But the “yellow brick road” on the left -- some believe -- went to  Kansas, the birth state of Obama’s mother. 

If the birthplace of one’s father is the determining factor of the son’s birth then the same logic would dictate that Ted Cruz should be a Cuban citizen (or one could argue Canadian) rather than American.  To continue this birthers nonsense after it has been exposed for what it is -- ill-conceived, a totally false conspiracy theory of dubious merit, void of reason, and as weak as water -- is downright ‘trite”. Now, I am not one to yell trite (racism) until trite has actually been served but, sadly, the birthers continue to give me reason to yell “trite”. 

Hopefully, once the birthers theorists reflect upon the logical consequences of the reasoning posed here they will stop this nonsense and concentrate their efforts on more meaningful productive issues that will befit all Americans.

William T. Fletcher

Hearing supports carbon emission standards

October 29  was the anniversary of the Super Storm Sandy and a poignant reminder that if we do not dramatically reduce global warming pollution, storms like Sandy will become the norm.

Therefore, it was very fitting that Environment North Carolina held a citizen’s hearing in the Durham County Main Library for members of the community to voice their support for the Environmental Protection Agency’s new standards on carbon emissions from new power plants.

As a member of the next generation that will have to deal with this profound problem, it was gratifying to hear an overwhelming agreement that America needs to change how it uses energy. Community members support the EPA’s new limits on carbon pollution to help stop global warming because of grave concerns about their safety and the possibility that extreme weather could become more frequent and severe.

As I said in my statement, we need to limit pollution now for the safety and health of future generations.

Sara Price