Letters to the editor

Jun. 18, 2013 @ 11:27 AM

More fact-based reporting

My compliments to your paper for producing a non-politically biased, investigative, fact-based article on recent examples of state government meddling in local government affairs.  It’s refreshing to read evidence that a reporter is conducting fair and balanced research rather than echoing the talking points of politicians and political action groups.  More reporting like this will only help give your paper a reputation of trustworthiness.  Although, in my opinion you have more work to do. 

If the national-level media would partake in such similar reporting, maybe we would actually know the truth behind some of our numerous federal government scandals:  the failing war on terrorism, a rotten economy that could have been fixed years ago; continued lies about Obamacare providing higher quality and lower cost medical care than our current system; paying “fair share” taxes; federal agencies breaking laws with the publicly documented encouragement of the president and other politicians (e.g., IRS, EPA, NIH, FBI and AP/Fox News, labor, federal gun-running and our so-called attorney general’s blatant corruption).

The Obama government is the most corrupt in modern history and continues to provide a “target-rich” environment for media and reporters to do their jobs and watch out for the people.  I worry that fact-based reporting will be targeted by the current federal administration, as they have done and continue to do today, to target organizations with opposing views.  I suggest investigative reporters watch their backs from the current government and government-funded attack dogs.  I hope more of today’s reporters have the courage.

Robert Medred


Mandating cursive is nonsense

Our legislature in its “wisdom” is passing a law requiring the teaching of cursive handwriting and rote memorization of multiplication tables, distinctly 19th-century skills.

Today’s documents are written on computers and most calculations are computerized.   Ask the Boeing plant manager in South Carolina if he needs cursive writers or human calculators, or the Mercedes plant manager, or BMW plant manager, or any modern manufacturing facility in the New South. It would be far better to require computer literacy courses or even BASIC programing proficiency.  That would send a message to future employers.  

Perhaps the legislature envisions our economy in the 21st century as a tourism-based economy, where tourists visit and gawk at the antiquated North Carolinians, on their way to tour the high-tech Boeing plant in South Carolina.      

Gov. Pat McCrory has stated boldly that North Carolina is now “Open for Business.”   I call on the governor to follow through on this promise and veto this nonsense from the legislature.

Pat Hefferan


Council has spoken

Despite the fact that the Durham City Council has repeatedly voted to deny the 751 South project water and sewer services, several legislators seem determined to force their hand (“751 intervention bill surfaces in N.C. house,” June 11). 

The bill, introduced in the house, would force the Durham City Council to annex the land for the proposed 751 South development, thereby forcing the city to provide water and sewer services.  This marks the third time that the General Assembly will try to overrule the city council in regard to 751 South. 

751 South would add 81 acres of paved surface right next to the most polluted part of Jordan Lake on the New Hope Creek arm.  In doing so it would pave over wetlands that serve as important habitats as well as provide ecosystem services such as nutrient filtering and flood prevention.

One of my favorite things about Jordan Lake is being able to see the bald eagles nesting there, and I can’t imagine the negative effects this would have on not only the eagles but the quality of Jordan Lake for all those who rely on the lake for outdoor recreation to the over 300,000 who rely on the drinking water the lake provides.    

The Durham City Council was right to say no to 751 South and we have an obligation to respect their decision and the health of Jordan Lake.  

Leah Kaiser