Regarding Julie Tisdale’s July 23 Point of View “An unjustified expense in Raleigh”: Seventeen years ago I moved to Raleigh from a U.S. town with more bike than car commuters. It was a shock to find no bike lanes in Raleigh, few kids cycling to school and drivers not knowing how to respond to cyclists. Back then I felt that I was taking my life in my hands cycling in Raleigh.
Regarding the July 11 Focus article “Noah’s Ark of biblical proportions opens in Kentucky”: Ken Ham’s new “ark” fails to live up to its billing as being constructed according to God’s instructions in Genesis.
Regarding the July 26 Point of View “Michael Jordan speaks out on shootings, racial unrest”: With a bold step, this NBA legend, team owner and fellow UNC Tar Heel vowed that he can “no longer stay silent” and not address the storm clouds that now swirl around communities across the United States.
Regarding the July 28 news article “Trump to Russia: Find Clinton’s missing emails”: Donald Trump’s call to Russian hackers to find Hillary Clinton’s lost emails was clearly tongue-in-cheek. What did not appear facetious, however, was his suggestion of friendship with Russia so that we could together “take out” ISIS.
“Nothing could be finer that to be in Carolina” – what has happened to that wonderful little song phrase? PayPal, Bruce Springsteen and now the NBA, among others, all refusing to come to North Carolina. These and many other misinformed groups continue to attack our governor and legislature for our state’s “intolerance and bigotry,” as embodied in House Bill 2. Why do all these folks refuse to admit the real reason for this political brouhaha?
Regarding the July 14 editorial “Wrong move on body cam rules”: I find it interesting that our legislature (prompted by former police officers) finds it necessary to continue to allow the hiding of the actions of police officers.
The fear factor was a dominant theme of the Republican Party convention. As David Brooks noted in his July 23 column “The Dark Knight” every aspect of the convention was oriented around conquest, success, supremacy and domination.
Regarding the July 25 Point of View “Medicaid reform plan a disastrous mistake”: David Horowitz is correct that mental health reform was seriously flawed, especially in its implementation, but some of the facts in his article are incorrect.
The special June 7 primary election costing taxpayers $9.5 million, the growing legal bills incurred by the state, along with the mounting business losses from House Bill 2 cited in your July 8 editorial “HB2 tab runs up” all derive from the same root cause: partisan gerrymandering.
Regarding the July 20 letter “Hog farm hype”: Regulation of North Carolina animal operations is among the most stringent in the nation. North Carolina’s economy relies heavily on the $84 billion a year in revenue that is generated by agriculture, including the $56 billion livestock industry that has long been a way of life for many families.
Regarding the June 30 news article “7 things in the state budget you might have missed”: Thank you for scrutinizing the little-noticed budget items. Once again, our legislators are finding ways to pit teachers against teachers.
Regarding the July 24 news article “How a gun owner won crowded primary”: Gun shop owner Ted Budd claimed it is “intellectually lazy” to blame the “device” (firearm) rather than the evil in human nature.