Letters to the Editor, Feb. 7

Feb. 07, 2014 @ 06:34 AM

Presidential Pinocchio

I thought I might summarize the past six years with these quotes from President Obama:

I didn’t set a red line on Syria.

I didn’t know about NSA spying.

Benghazi was caused by a UTube video.

I had no idea about the AP phone tapping.

Obamacare will reduce premiums.

I didn’t know the IRS was targeting conservative groups.

This is the most transparent administration in history.

Obamacare won’t add one dime to our deficit.

We’ll create shovel-ready projects.

We will cut the deficit in half.

You didn’t build that.

The private sector is doing fine.

And best of all:

If you like your plan, you can keep your plan. Period.

If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. Period.

If President Obama were Pinocchio, he'd need support for his nose.

Noelle A. Granger

Chapel Hill

Officiating revolting

Can anyone who watched the Duke-Syracuse basketball game not feel revulsion at the way the officiating literally took the game away from the players? 

Shoddy refereeing is not new to the ACC; it's a pity that it should continue to plague the newly formed conference.  There were ugly officiating incidences last year, whistles blown before possible fouls,  and the trend continues this year. 

The players and the coaches, together with the fans, deserve better.

Harmon Smith


Global warming

You know, I think I'm starting to buy into this global warming stuff.

Atlanta has snow and freezing temperatures and 3 million people go into gridlock. Durham area has 7-8 degree temperatures and snow. Eastern North CarolinaC has 7"-8" of snow and shuts down.

And just think, this is early 2014!

Oh, don't get me started about Obamacare. That's working well also!

Jack Lamb

Chapel Hill

Attack on poverty or the poor?

"Bell urges attack on poverty  ... to reduce crime ... crime ... crime." 
Bottom line (the last word: "crime")
I'm so sick of hearing poverty equated with crime. 

Recently, Mayor Bill Bell said ​“​​​I don’t care what people want to say about police targeting or doing whatever​..."​ He refused to allow people with complaints about police misconduct to speak, and he directed that the Human Relations Commission 
only consider racial profiling at traffic stops -- not unimportant, but only a small part of the problem.  

Most people targeted by the police don't even own cars -- pedestrians living in so-called "target areas" where cops "turn up the heat" on so-called "loiterers" (often at bus stops). So Bell has limited the consideration of racial profiling only to harassment of the middle class but it's OK to discriminate against the poor, especially teenagers living in "target areas," even though you know arrests destroy lives (an arrest record is equivalent to a conviction;  innocence is no excuse).  

Durham's police policies (and police & politicians) help maintain poverty and keep people down and out. 

Chris Tiffany