Letters to the editor

Oct. 18, 2013 @ 02:04 PM

Don’t print crackpot theories

I urge The Herald-Sun to keep errors of fact off the letters page.

The world's top scientists on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have unanimously agreed it was 95 percent certain that we fossil-fuel-burning humans are driving global warming. There is no point to debating the evidence, which clearly exists, in the form of deadly droughts, hurricanes, fires, a dying ocean and rapidly disappearing land mass in the tropics. It's time to start debating how we are going to deal with this evidence.
As the Los Angeles Times has asserted, "saying 'there's no sign humans have caused climate change' is not stating an opinion, it's asserting a factual inaccuracy." The Herald-Sun should respect the intelligence of its readers and not stoop to being a forum for crackpot theories -- on any subject.
Laura Wenzel


Headline an injustice

Your “Becoats charged $20,000” headline seemed to exemplify a point of desperation in terms of a powerful underlying attempt to embarrass, degrade and push out Durham Public Schools Superintendent  Eric Becoats.  The headline title likely provided a boost in newspaper sales, but served as an injustice toward Becoats. 

I will be first to admit, due to my extensive involvement with state issues I have not kept up with the day-to-day issues surrounding the Superintendent and DPS in-fighting. 

When seeing the headline, I was expecting to read how Becoats  embezzled $20,000 DPS dollars to purchase a car or house or some other personal items.  But when reading the article, I found the $20,000 were an accumulation of charges which were related to his position as superintendent. 

The article was further used to retell the story of his embarrassing reprimand.  Since Hhe Herald-Sun saw blood on that particular issue, the “$20,000: was used as a pretext to pour salt into that particular wound or pour gasoline on a spark, and pile on a negative spin toward items which are normally acceptable for superintendents.

Yes, more education resources must go toward our children and educators, but let’s not use deceitful articles that would cause readers to misdirect their anger away from the true culprits within our legislature and governor’s mansion who immorally decided to wage a war on poor children and public education.  Meanwhile, I am praying for Becoasts and the Durham Public Schools.

Rev. Curtis E. Gatewood


Thanks for timely repair

Several weeks ago, the Durham water department responded to a broken main water line on Saint Marks Road in Durham.

The men involved in repairing the main line did so on a timely basis with efficiency and professionalism. Many thanks to the men of the Durham Water Department for a job well done.

C. B. Bagley


Default talk a scare tactic

The talk of a government default by Democrats and their co-conspirators, the liberal-biased TV news media, was a scare tactic for the purpose of gaining a political advantage.

The U. S. Department of the Treasury will take in more money this year than it did last year. The government will spend no more this year than they did last year. The government can pay its bills and will not default.

The biggest threat to America today is its national debt of over $17 trillion. The Obama administration is responsible for one-third of the national debt. Raising the government debt ceiling will increase the national debt. ObamaCare will over the next 10 years impose at least $500 billion in new taxes on the American people. Republicans in Congress will be right if they reduce the national debt, if they do not we will all be suffering.

The shutdown of part of the government proved the government is too large and too many people are living of the taxpayers.

James R. Hardy


Shame on Oxford City Council

Who gives the right for the Oxford City Council to decide the location for the Granville County Veteran’s Monument?

From the outset, a hidden agenda was in place. So much for input from Veterans Groups and all cities in Granville County. Only two council members voiced their displeasure with the location. Once again Oxford is the big brother that makes decisions for the entire County.

One member who voted yes should have abstained from the vote, as he had a vested interest.  There is no honor among the City Council members.

Kevin Rumsey