Letters to the Editor, June 17

Jun. 16, 2014 @ 12:48 PM

Fighting climate change

Thank you for publishing Teresa Rosenberger’s article “Climate change, the Outer Banks and cherished traditions.” She worries rising seas will make Cape Hatteras uninhabitable, depriving her descendants of traditions her family developed there.

Rosenberger can start fighting climate change by contacting Rep. David Price and thanking him for praising the EPA for issuing proposed regulations to unite our nation in an effort to reduce carbon emissions and slow climate change.

However, the best way to fight climate change is via a carbon tax to be paid by fossil fuel producers and rebated to households. A carbon tax would cut emissions while boosting our economy and creating roughly 2 million jobs within 10 years. Rebates to households would offset energy price increases shielding lower and middle income families. Who says a rebated carbon tax would work such miracles? See a report released by Regional Economic Models Inc. on June 9, 2014.

Yet a carbon tax requires Congressional legislation. Individuals can fight climate change by helping to create the political will for Congress to pass climate change legislation.

I urge Teresa and her fellow students at Duke University to join the Raleigh-Durham chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby and learn how to become effective citizen-advocates for climate stabilization.

Rabbi Judy Weiss

Brookline, MA

Invaluable funding

I write to express concern regarding threat of lost funding to Matching Grants Program (MGP) in the proposed Durham County budget.

MGP was begun in 1991 and has funded more than 70 projects throughout Durham.  The committee process has a history of good stewardship in leveraging a 50/50 match for these public private partnerships with a variety of community non-profits.

This program has been well received by numerous non-profits that usually provide volunteer labor --  the community actively engaged in helping.  The projects are dispersed throughout Durham and can be found in such places as Parkwood, Pearsontown School, Little River Community Recreation, Club Boulevard Elementary, Eno River, Eastway Elementary, SEEDS, Morehead Montessori, Durham Central Park, Ellerbee Creek and many other locations.  One can find fitness courses, play equipment at schools, new and improved recreation facilities community gardens, environmental learning environments, hiking trails, nature preserves, ball field improvements and more.  These locations extend opportunities for citizens to play, grow, thrive and experience Durham’s natural resources.

Durham County does not otherwise support parks and recreation.  MGP provides effective assistance in filling this gap at very limited cost.  While the annual line item funding for MGP is negligible to the county’s budget, it is invaluable to the community.  As a founding member and  chair, I encourage you to join me,  find that MGP projects represent part of all that is good in Durham, enhancing quality of life here and contact member s of the Board of County Commissioners with your voice of support. 

Annette G. Montgomery


(After this letter was submitted, County Commissioners agreed on Thursday to restore the funding.)