Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

9/25 Letters: Court system’s PR contract ‘foolish’

Regarding “NC justice’s speech cost taxpayers $36,000” (Sept. 10): Anyone who is not outraged over our state court officials spending $716,500 for public relations has probably never been to court. (Not included in this figure is the cost of the hundreds of hours put in by court administrators to fix the product.) As a lawyer who has represented hundreds of folks in Durham’s Superior and District courts since 1988, I can assure you that the court system does not face a “crisis of communication.”

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9/24 Letters: Keep City Council elections non-partisan

Regarding “Democratic Party endorses challenger in Raleigh mayor’s race” (Aug. 1): Type: As a true blue Democrat, I’m disappointed with the Wake County Democratic Party endorsing a candidate in the upcoming Raleigh mayoral election. In doing so, they weaponize party affiliation to an extent we are already gagging on in today’s political world. They arbitrarily set aside the tradition of our non-partisan local elections by what they rationalize as a higher good.

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9/23 Letters: Graham-Cassidy health care ‘targets’ women

Regarding “GOP’s new repeal bill would likely leave millions more uninsured, analyses suggest” (Sept. 20): I was flabbergasted when I read about the Cassidy-Graham health care bill. The Cassidy-Graham bill is as terrible as other ACA repeal bills. It would end Medicaid’s guarantee of coverage for children, seniors and people with disabilities by taking coverage from up to 1.9 million North Carolinians and would cripple our state’s budget. It also would be particularly devastating to lower-income women.

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9/18 Letters: The history of Luther’s anti-Semitism

Regarding the letter to the editor “Remove Luther too” (Sept. 14): The author is right: Martin Luther’s anti-Semitism was virulent, violent and vile, but it also was more complicated than Schiffman makes it sound. Luther actually started out with a rather enlightened position, at least by the standards of the late Middle Ages. In 1523, he advocated for the inclusion of Jewish people into society and a non-violent mission effort to convert the Jews. When they failed to flock to the newly reformed brand of Christianity as Luther had expected, he turned against them with a vengeance, writing the diatribes of 1543 to which Schiffman referred.

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9/16 Letters: Real tax reform needed to gain consensus

Regarding “Hoping tax code changes deliver” (Sep. 1): “He who hesitates, may know something you don’t.” That line was written by a friend of mine named Chuck, who kept a neatly printed poster on the wall of his office titled, “Ten Laws for Today’s World” to which he had added his line as the 11th law. Chuck’s law came to mind when three Republican Senators, Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins and John McCain, refused to vote to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

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9/13 Letters: Customers shouldn’t have to pay for Duke Energy’s coal ash ‘carelessness’

Regarding “Coal ash could raise your power bill: Duke Energy wants double-digit rate hike” (Aug. 25): Duke Energy Carolinas is attempting to increase electricity rates by 16.7 percent for residential customers. The $311 million from this rate increase would not fund a new and better utilities infrastructure; instead, the money would reimburse Duke for its to-date efforts to clean up the poisonous coal ash that it carelessly dumped in North Carolina for years. The electricity rate base ought to cover the investments that Duke actually made for reliable power infrastructure, rather than the ones it should have made.

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9/11 Letters: In-person prison visits necessary for inmates

Regarding “Sheriff’s Office touts advantages of video visits at Durham County Jail” (Sep. 5): For people accused of crimes, it doesn’t always feel like folks are innocent until proven guilty. Quite often, the treatment in county jails where people await trial is far worse and dehumanizing than the treatment people receive in prison after being convicted.

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9/10 Letter: Response from leaders in NC health care merger

This letter is in response to “Health care partnership needs scrutiny” (Sept. 3). We welcome wide input as we move toward formalizing an agreement to jointly operate a new health care system for North Carolina. We do, however, take issue with the assertion that the reason for our planned affiliation is to increase clout in negotiations with insurance companies. That simply is not our intent, nor has it been part of our discussions.

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