Letters to the Editor, April 14

Apr. 13, 2014 @ 10:58 AM

Doubletalk on one-stop voting

The Republicans have re-defined one stop voting.  

I just got my election notice from the Board of Elections for the primary.  One-stop voting is defined as letting voters "request, receive and vote their ballot all at one time." This is Orwellian doubletalk, since it used to mean that you could register to vote and vote on the same day.  By the way, my voter information packet arrived yesterday, April 8, and it notes that this Friday, April 11, is the last day that you can register to vote for the May 6 primary.  

If you own property, you've probably lived in one place for years, so you never worry about registering to vote.  If you don't own property, and have recently moved, you could easily miss the chance to register at your new address.  The Republicans know they might lose an honest election, so they want to do all they can to stop younger or poorer people from voting.  

I just hope that the courts overturn this before the November elections.   

David C. Sokal

Durham

Fracking threatens water supplies

This fracking that is coming to North Carolina bothers me.  I asked a gentleman that drills wells for a living, if there were a site I could go to to find out where the underground river that supplied my well originated. He told me nothing like that existed, and if it did he would be the first to use that information on his job.
If fracking occurs anywhere in this state, who is to say that someone or maybe even everyone could be affected? All our water comes from the ground (underground rivers to springs to streams to creeks to rivers to reservoirs, etc., with a little help from rainfall and its runoff.) The people in the city will be affected as well as those on private wells. Do not think city water will protect you. Everyone depends on clean underground water for survival.
Once your water is contaminated you might as well lock your door and figure out how and where you are going to live.  You won't be able to sell your house, so good luck with that.
The folks that lease the land for the drilling will take that big money and run, so don't count on the goodness of your neighbor to protect you and your family. Wake up, North Carolina, and stand your ground on this.  If we don't help ourselves, nobody else will.
We deserve better treatment from our elected officials. If possible vote them out if they are seeking reelection this fall.
Joe Gilchrist
Rougemont

Questioning the math

In the article "Suit cites urgency to overturn state's gay marriage ban" (4/10/14), Tami Fitzgerald, NC Values Coalition executive director, states "When courts mandate marriage redefinition in conflict with the will of the majority of the people..." 

According to the N. C. Board of Elections website, in the 2012 primary 35 percent of registered voters cast a ballot.  Sixty percent of those voting supported a constitutional ban on recognition of same-sex marriages.  When I was taught elementary math (late 1940s, early 50s) 60 percent of 35 percent was 21 percent of those eligible to vote.  And unless the introduction of new math changed the definition of "majority," isn't a majority still 51 percent?  To be accurate, and not misleading, Ms. Fitzgerald would have to state that a court mandated redefinition of marriage would be in conflict with the will of 21 percent of those voting on May 6, 2012. 
Linda A. Naylor
Durham