Letters to the editor

Oct. 26, 2013 @ 06:48 PM

Shutdown planned well ahead

Did anyone besides me wonder how they got all those signs printed and distributed far and wide, including to all the national parks and cemeteries overseas only eight to 10 hours after the government shut down?  Take a look at this from someone who wanted to remain anonymous:

 I have worked in the government on and off for 40 years.  During that time I became quite familiar with requisitions, bidding, awarding contracts, etc.  It is a time-consuming process with bean-counters and pencil-necked bureaucrats every step of the way.  The simplest request takes months, not days or hours.

In less than eight hours of the shutdown, miraculously, professionally printed 3x4-foot signs appeared all over the country in the tens of thousands saying "this [park, facility, etc., with custom logos] closed due to government shutdown.”  There has not been a government shutdown in 17 years.  These signs were designed, specifications were determined, signs were then requisitioned, bids were posted and vetted, government contracts were awarded.  The materials were then ordered and the signs manufactured then distributed  by U.S. mails or freight companies.

This shutdown was orchestrated and planned well in advance at least 6-8 months ago.  Millions of tax dollars were appropriated and spent in this process.  There is a paper trail a mile long leading directly to the White House.

Joe Gilchrist


Bell, Moffitt deserve vote

On a number of occasions I have written to councilman Don Moffitt expressing my views on various issues. Each time I received a thoughtful response that indicated a full understanding of the problem and a deep dedication to getting the proper solution for the citizens of Durham.

Mr. Moffitt has also had long experience with zoning and land use problems. With the recent upsurge in construction and the consequential pressure from developers to build anything anywhere it is essential that we have Mr. Moffitt's expertise on the council.

 His opponent, on the other hand ,was wishy-washy at best regarding the 751 fiasco while serving as an appointed member of the County Commission and her current campaign chest is filled with contributions from developers and their lawyers. Her election does not bode well for a livable Durham's  future. I urge the re-election of Don Moffitt.

Further, Bill Bell has led our city with and extraordinary wisdom during difficult times and represents the finest tradition of public service. I urge his re-election as well.

Phil Kraysler


March for peace Nov. 11

On Armistice Day, Nov. 11, at 10:30 a.m., Americans for Peace, Veterans for Peace and Peace Action are planning a short march in Roxboro to promote world peace.

The march will begin at Long Memorial Methodist Church and go south to Roxboro Baptist Church and congregate in Merritt Commons Park.

We have had some very encouraging peace negotiations this year, both nationally and internationally.  There are indications America and much of the world are war weary.  However, we can't sit on our laurels.  There is big money out there hollering “wolf” and inventing excuses to start war.

I believe mankind has the option to live in peace; however, sitting back and complaining among ourselves won't cut it.  We must stand up, speak up and be counted.

When our bicyclists mount on April 27th at the Capitol in Raleigh, heading out on our third Ride for Peace to Washington, your support will energize us on those long days and make those mountains north of Culpeper less daunting.

As I face congressmen and senators on May 4 and May 5, it would be great to say there are a multitude back in North Carolina that will stand up for peace.

Come and gather with us for a short support for peace that was declared  "Armistice Day" on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.

The Rev. Bruce Allen of Long Memorial and Rev. Dupre Sanders of Roxboro Baptist will have their church bells rung 11 times at 11 a.m.

Samuel H. Winstead