Letters to the Editor

4/21 Letters: NC is losing its moral compass. Latest abortion bill confirms that.

Hundreds of youths, mostly Catholics from across eastern and central North Carolina with their youth ministers and families, marched in Raleigh in January 2016 as part of a rally against abortion.
Hundreds of youths, mostly Catholics from across eastern and central North Carolina with their youth ministers and families, marched in Raleigh in January 2016 as part of a rally against abortion.

NC is losing its moral compass

The longer I live in North Carolina, the more I see our great state losing its moral compass. Specifically, 36 N.C. representatives and 19 senators recently voted against the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.

Thankfully, the N.C. General Assembly’s majority supported this common-sense bill, which bans the barbaric practice of killing a child outside of the womb.

Gov. Cooper once called HB2 “a dark cloud hanging over our great state.” The real darkness is that we’ve lost our moral compass. We have denied reason, biology and God’s law, and our governor and many politicians have placed our children and future children in harm’s way.

As we distance ourselves from our Judeo-Christian roots, our state will soon no longer be part of the “Bible Belt.”

A state without a moral compass, is a state confused and inevitably lost.

Patrick O’Hearn, Raleigh

Burr must face consequences

Among the many tidbits of information in the Mueller report made public was the fact that Republican Sen. Richard Burr, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, supplied the White House with details about the FBI investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Burr violated his oath to the Constitution and put allegiance to his party over the constitution and the country. For this, he must face the consequences.

Burr lied to the American people about his bipartisan objectivity, as well as to other members of the Intelligence Committee.

Stephen Berg, Chapel Hill

Trump denied Russia’s role

Throughout the campaign and for months after his inauguration, President Trump denied the overwhelming evidence that Russia was seeking to undermine candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign and favor his.

But Trump constantly dismissed the evidence and the unanimous opinion of his intelligence agencies. He preferred taking Putin’s disingenuous denial at face value, positing, “It also could be somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds.”

With the release of the Mueller report we see again the conclusions of experts that there was a concerted effort by Russia to undermine and interfere in the election.

There is a word for someone so dense or delusional he cannot see when someone is pulling a fast one – a patsy.

Edmund Tiryakian, Hillsborough

History repeats on DOT pay raises

With regard to the uproar about the DOT pay raises that may seem unfounded, I see that history is repeating itself.

It was a few years back that the N.C. Treasurer’s office was found to be doing the same thing.

Jobs that were not considered to be “critical mission” were given ridiculous pay increases.

Nothing was ever done then, and I suspect that standing against this practice will continue to be a true “critical mission.”

Edie Szyperski, Raleigh

There’s a public school crisis in NC

One of the biggest controversies of the May 1 teacher rally is that it is being held on a school day.

Would we even be discussing this if educators planned a march for a Saturday? If they’re lucky, educators might get a little nod in the press about a week before the event.

The fact is that it is being discussed in the halls of the N.C. General Assembly. More importantly, everyday citizens are talking about the event.

So why shut down the schools? To tell the state and the nation that there is a public school crisis right now in our state.

Our educators are saying our kids can’t wait and they are making sure they won’t be ignored. They’re using their collective voices and districts across the state are being forced to listen.

As a Wake County parent, I’m listening. Are you?

Susan Book, Cary

A better plan for that EV fee

I am completing a 6,000 mile road trip which will employ N.C. roads for only 600 miles. The other 5,400 miles are through states with gas taxes for road funding.

Employing the suggestion from recent letter writers, if I have to report mileage to N.C. for road-use tax computation, I’ll be taxed double for all the miles driven out of state.

Without proof, I suspect most electric cars with their limited range, will be local miles. Perhaps, requiring electric vehicles to report mileage for road tax computation and leave the gas tax in place for petrol-use vehicles would more fairly distribute the cost.

For electric vehicles driving less than the proposed bill’s assumption of 15,000 miles per year, it would be more fair to those owners and not adversely impact the desired option of reducing carbon emissions by owning and operating an electric vehicle.

Douglas Williams, Raleigh

Inclusivity for all, no exceptions

In “NC passes bill requiring Holocaust to be taught” (April 18), Rep. Ted Davis’ speaks eloquently to our current cultural divisions: “If that education is given to the youth of today, I think they’ll take a whole different view of the horrors that can happen when people intimidate, harass, pick on and abuse others.”

Yet, Davis voted for the controversial HB2 which, in addition to preventing transgender people from using the the restroom consistent with their gender, banned municipalities from passing anti-discrimination protections.

Now, the elite academies that educate officers for the nation’s armed forces have begun to implement the Trump administration’s ban on transgender service members. Apparently, it’s still OK to intimidate, harass, pick on and abuse transgender people.

Dr. Suess got it right decades ago when he wrote, “A person’s a person no matter how small.”

I hope Davis and others will embrace this truly inclusive attitude, rather than continuing to make exceptions for people they want to discriminate against.

Helen Wolfson, Durham

Override Trump veto on Yemen

Thank you for your two articles Wednesday about Yemen. With children starving to death and a third of the country facing famine, Yemen is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

The crisis has largely been caused by Saudi Arabia’s bombing and blockades, with monetary and military support shamelessly provided by the United States.

We need to be better than this. Congress’s bipartisan rejection of the never-declared war has been an extremely hopeful sign because it is the first Congressional use ever of the War Powers Act, passed in the aftermath of Vietnam.

Now we need Congress to override the president’s veto. I hope and pray that our senators and representatives will override that veto and end U.S. support for this horrific war.

Tom Munk, Carrboro