Letters to the Editor, Jan. 10

Jan. 09, 2014 @ 03:38 PM

A wonderful mail carrier

I’m writing to add to the many words of praise that have already been spoken about our wonderful mail carrier, Tom McGoogen. 

On Wednesday, he noticed an enormous leak at the house of one of my neighbors.  They were out of town and a pipe behind a washing machine on the second floor had broken.  Tom went out of his way to help, scouring the neighborhood until he could find the tools he needed to turn the water off at the sidewalk.  His actions saved my neighbors from spending thousands of dollars on damage. 

All of us in Forest Hills rest easier knowing that Tom is looking out for us. We are so grateful that he is part of our lives.

Ruth Bardon

Durham

North Carolina’s toast

Here's to the land of the long leaf pine,

The gassy land where fracking makes slime,

Where poisons go in water and belching trucks await,

Here's to "Down Home," the Old North State!

Here's to the land that once stood best,

Where cold hearts choose greed, caring not for the rest,

Where soar thousands of gas wells, oh great,

'Neath the murmuring pines of the Old North State!

Here's to the land of toxins in plain sight,

Where methane perfumes the breeze at night,

The near land, the dear land, our fate,

The blessed land, the Old North State!

John Schelp

Durham

Driving readers away

As a subscriber to The Herald-Sun for more than 30  years, I want to congratulate you on the obvious success of your plan for the paper's future.

In recent days, several letter-writers have complained about the elimination of their favorite comics (including two of mine) since you made dramatic changes on January 1.  Others have observed that there are fewer and fewer op-ed columns by national writers, replaced by rerun editorials from small-town papers. 

Some of your subscribers have threatened to switch to other newspapers; many others have discovered that informative, timely news stories, well-written opinion essays from across the political spectrum, and clever comics are widely available on the internet.

Clearly your intention is to drive your loyal readers away, breaking our dependence on The Herald-Sun as a source of information, opinion, and amusement.  Congratulations!  It's working!

David F. Smith

Durham