Letters to the editor, Jan. 15

Jan. 14, 2014 @ 06:48 PM

Don’t want W.Va. situation here
I hope the people of North Carolina, and our elected leaders are closely watching the chemical spill in West Virginia. Indications are that state inspection laws are lax. Let us hope that something similar does not happen in North Carolina as our industry-friendly elected leaders flirt with loose regulation of fracking.

Robert Harrison

Ending subscription and going online
A few years back, when your paper had cut back on content I had written a letter stating I was going to cancel my subscription. I did not follow, though. As it turns out, your biggest competitor does not deliver in northern Orange County. I like having an "organic" newspaper with my morning coffee, so I swallowed my pride and kept the paper. I was very disappointed this month to see several of the wittiest comic strips eliminated and replaced with insipid pap. Then, I found it the height of arrogance to be told "I would learn to love them."
As it turns out, I can go online and follow these lost comic strips. Many of your national and world news articles are lifted word-for-word from elsewhere, I've often seen them the day before! I can find local news from other sources.
The final insult was receiving a letter telling me that I will now pay more, for less newspaper, as you are passing along the costs of a new tax. I am, for real, ending my subscription today. Instead of a paper, I will be firing up a laptop at breakfast. It won't be the same, but I guess I will learn to love it.
David Snyder