Support the bonds
During early voting and on Nov. 8, Durham County voters have the opportunity to approve needed construction and repairs for our main library and public schools (DN, Aug. 14).
I support the total $170 million package, which includes $90.9 million to replace Northern High (constructed more than half a century ago) and repair or remodel other schools and $44.7 million to remodel the main library downtown and enlarge other library buildings throughout the county.
I’ve seen how overcrowded the main library is, especially on Sunday afternoons during the school year when many children from low-income families who may not have access to a computer at home use the library to go online for their classwork. This needed renovation (and hopefully expansion) should have been done several years ago.
Also included is $20.2 million for Durham Tech and $14.2 million for the Museum of Life and Science, an attraction that draws many visitors.
Durham County’s Triple A bond rating and the current low interest rates mean money can be borrowed without a large tax increase or perhaps none at all. Approval of these bonds will help Durham County continue to be an attractive location to live and encourage more businesses to come here.
I hope to see a large number of Durham County residents support the bonds when I continue my work as an election official in October and November.
Mark G. Rodin
Most ‘fraud’ just errors
Regarding the letter “A case of voter fraud” (N&O, Aug. 13): I worked for a county Board of Elections for 11 years. Indeed, there would be several cases each election of such a scenario. (A voter going in to vote on Election Day and being told he was marked as already voting an absentee ballet.)
In virtually every case, the reason was due to error: error on part of the harried poll worker who erred or misunderstood in choosing the correct voter listed in the system. And then the voter erring in not fully reading the information he was asked to sign, assuring that he was indeed that particular voter.
The Election Day voter would need to fill out a provisional ballet. (Yes, an extra hassle, but that's why we have them.) The county BOE would then investigate, discover the error, and all votes would be rightly counted, and the proper voter histories assigned.
No intentional fraud of this type was ever found in my 11 years.
Regarding the letter “Exaggerated statements” from Thomas Stith, the governor's chief of staff (N&O, Aug. 10):
I am disgusted with the McCrory administration for its unethical attacks on the character of state toxicologist Ken Rudo. The implication that Rudo was part of a “radical interest group” campaign against McCrory is absurd when you consider Rudo is a Republican who voted for McCrory.
Further, Rudo made his statements in a deposition, not a news release. It is the governor’s office that is engaging in a political smear campaign, and it needs to stop. The only way to resolve this mess is to have an independent investigation, although that will be tough to make happen since the GOP assembly put the SBI under McCrory’s control.
However it happens, those in the executive branch who dispute Rudo’s deposition statements need to be afforded the opportunity to make their own deposition statements under oath. Until then, I’ll take the word of the Republican McCrory supporter who testified under oath.
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