No sympathy for scofflaws
The comments in the front-page My View column by Chief District Court Judge Marcia Morey (DN, April 24) are misdirected sympathy for traffic violators who can’t (don’t) pay their fines.
Consider this: If poor Mr. Smith hadn’t broken the law he wouldn’t have gotten a fine in the first place, thus avoiding this whole financial issue of any subsequent fines, fees, and court costs.
We’re heading down the road of a lawless society, and this is just one more example. But that seems to be just what people want these days, especially here in Durham. We don’t want police to enforce drug laws or issue traffic citations, and the courts are waiving due penalties. Effectively we are tying the hands of the police so they can’t enforce the laws. And for those who actually are penalized then the courts won’t uphold their sentences.
Furthermore, shame on this judge who broke the law by speeding in a presumably residential area since the posted limit was 35 mph. Being clocked at 47 mph is reprehensible for a person who is supposed to uphold the law when she herself does not even do so. And then to make a joke about it. Thank goodness this judge WAS stopped and charged.
Regarding our story on the the city’s new agreement to help pay off the Carolina Theatre’s debt (DN, April 24)
Bob Nocek (former CEO and president of the Carolina Theatre of Durham Inc.): Because my statement to the News & Observer was barely referenced, here’s the full text:
“I’m limited in what I am permitted to say publicly regarding my tenure with Carolina Theatre of Durham, Inc. and therefore I am unable to address the accuracy of any statements being made now by representatives of the organization.
As Chairman of the Board Scott Harmon and I said in December when we met with the press, we would have made many different decisions had I, the Board of Trustees and the Finance Committee been provided accurate financial reports during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 fiscal years.
In addition to the statements the Board Chair made in December, I also provided the Durham City Manager with two memos between October and December that outlined the circumstances behind this organizational failure and our plans to work throughout it. I would refer you to those memos for any further insight from me on the situation.”
Barry Eriksen: Ugh ... the good old Carolina Theatre seems to lose its way every few years with poor management a recurring cause.
Anyhow, it’s a beautifully renovated facility.
Regarding our story on the City Council considering delaying a new parking deck in order to add affordable housing to the project (DN, April 27):
IF this happens at least some of the gentrification that is displaces longtime residents will slow down. Make a difference? No.
Not unless the city decides to make it a priority to value in a tangible and real way the transformation that was made possible by the residence, tax paying and voting efforts of the very people the new “gentry” are kicking out ... rapidly.
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