4/9 Letters: Read past the headlines on those GA bills.

Turbines at the Amazon Wind Farm near Elizabeth City are 492 foot tall. Wind farms must already receive clearance from the Department of Defense before they can be built.
Turbines at the Amazon Wind Farm near Elizabeth City are 492 foot tall. Wind farms must already receive clearance from the Department of Defense before they can be built. cliddy@newsobserver.com

Misleading bill on wind power

Bills often have names that hide their true purpose, such as the Military Base Protection Act, which would prohibit new wind farms in eastern North Carolina, ostensibly to protect military aviation. The military is important, but that’s not the intent of this bill.

The Pentagon already has a department that reviews proposed wind turbines and other tall structures that may interfere with aviation or radio communication. When it went into operation, the Amazon wind farm outside Elizabeth City was the largest taxpayer in two Tier 1 economically depressed counties in our state. Other wind farms are proposed for additional struggling counties in eastern NC.

What actually has the Pentagon worried? The effects of climate change. According to a new Pentagon report, two-thirds of the nation’s military installations are threatened by flooding, droughts and wildfires. And since at least 2007, the Pentagon has considered climate change to be a national security threat, given the worldwide political destabilization being caused by climate disruption.

NC should watch to see who supports this bill.

Cindy Elmore


Common beliefs are splintered

Guns are not the problem, any more than cars, knives and baseball bats. The problem is people’s unrelated belief systems or the total lack of any belief system. There was a time in America where everyone had a similar belief base.

Students are encouraged to cast off any “traditional” beliefs in favor of relativism to their individual situation or decisions made at the moment. If you don’t immediately allow me to do whatever I want to do, then I am liable to be offended, and nobody wants that.

There is no common denominator of beliefs, like the sanctity of human life and belief in absolute truth. Our society has had this “educated” out of the “civilization” in which we live.

Steve Trexler


Incomplete desegregation

The April 5 article on the facts in the film “Best of Enemies,” (“‘The Best of Enemies’ tells a true story of NC history. What did the film get right?”) says that the Durham schools were “not entirely” segregated in 1971. This characterization is misleading. I graduated from Durham High School in 1967, and there were so few African American students that it wouldn’t have been difficult for any given white student to be in all-white classes. The next year, the courts ordered the Durham City Schools (County Schools were a different system then) to take measures towards full integration, but little progress had been made by 1971. The schools remained in a condition known as “de facto” segregation, despite court orders to the contrary. Years later, the eventual result of court-ordered desegregation was not integration, but white flight. As your article notes, fewer than 20% of the Durham Public Schools’ students now are white.

Katherine Bradley Johnson


Word of thanks

On April 5, my wife and I were sitting in our bank manager’s office. While talking to us, she suddenly looked up because of a noise outside the office, thinking someone may have fallen. Her eyes showed a frightened concern, because she realized the noise came from a masked robber jumping over the counter, demanding cash from two cashiers, then quickly leaving the bank. Seeing the robber jump the counter, she immediately said, “don’t move,” pushed her emergency button, and called the police. As casual as possible, she went about performing her responsibilities. As she explained, “we train for such events.” She did an excellent job, taking charge of the scene in protecting the safety of her customers and staff, until the police arrived.

Within minutes, the Raleigh police arrived at the bank. They asked each of us to remain in our places, then proceeded to ask us to describe what we had witnessed. Only a few minutes later, a couple of detectives arrived, to interviewing bank workers. After about 30 or so minutes, we were told by one of the police officers that they had captured the robber. We were all amazed and pleased with the efficiency displayed by our Raleigh law enforcement officers. What a turn of events. Cheers to our dedicated first responders. Fortunately no one was hurt or assaulted, and we are extremely pleased with the actions of the bank personnel and that of our dedicated Raleigh police officers.

David and Judi Camaione