Letters to the Editor, May 30
Appreciating the police
I applaud the Durham Police Department for how they have handled a recent break-in at my home.
They were incredible at getting to my home in just a few minutes, carefully searched my home and made sure I and my dogs were OK. 911 was on the phone with me, too, to make sure I was safe and to work with the officers in my home.
Here are some extra things they did that meant so much. The lead officer would not leave the premises until he knew that someone was coming to secure my backdoor frame because it had been damaged so badly there was no way to be safe. The police then stopped by a few days later to make sure all was OK and to inform me about the RAP Crime Prevention Service. They came to my house and gave me recommendations that are “not-break-the-bank” things to do to enhance security at my home. For other Durham citizens, this unit will come to your home free of charge to inspect your property and make recommendations for safety measures.
I highly recommend that people take advantage of this great RAP service, to get an alarm system as well as surveillance cameras, and to make sure you know your neighbors. I so appreciate our police.
Age groups and older runners
I totally agree with the letter to your paper, May 29, “Age Discrimination in 5K race” by Nels Anderson, age 78.
I am 64 and have been a long-distance runner for more than 35 years. At my age I cannot compete with runners who are 30 or 40 years younger than I am, but I am very competitive against runners in my age group. I've seen notices for races where the age groupings are for runners 50 and over! How is a runner in his or her 70s going to have a chance to win an award running against a runner in his or her 50s?
I am a race director and I always make sure I have age group awards for runners 70 and over. We should all admire athletes who are still competing in sporting events in their 60s, 70s and older.
Keep fracking ban
At the end of 2013, Gov. Pat McCroy announced his plans to allow natural gas drilling, or fracking, in North Carolina. Last week, our State Senate passed legislation that would lift the ban on fracking.
In their rush to please the natural gas industry, our state’s leaders have failed to address the dangers that fracking poses to North Carolina’s drinking water. The toxic chemicals used in the fracking process have contaminated water in states like Pennsylvania.
It has been estimated that fracking threatens the drinking water of over 2 million North Carolinians.
I cannot support elected officials who are willing to risk the safety of my drinking water in order to serve the interests of corporations. The state legislature should keep the ban on fracking in place and protect our drinking water.