Regarding the Aug. 23 Point of View “Berger’s right: Most UNC professors are Democrats. Here’s why”: Professor William Snider asserts that the reason that Democrats outnumber Republicans 12:1 in faculty positions at the University of North Carolina is that a majority of Republicans have an anti-science attitude. He states those “unlearned” Republicans don’t believe in the theory of evolution, which is the central organizing principle of modern biology. Secondly, he says they doubt climate change science that he and other scientists believe as factual.
A young person’s letter published Aug. 19 expressed frustration with the presidential candidates, ending with the thoughts of either writing in Mickey Mouse or not voting at all. Please, young person, I don’t know what the ballot will look like in Carrboro, but my ballot in Raleigh will have candidates for about 20 positions. Maybe you think both of the presidential candidates are jerks, but those other candidates, some of them are actually decent people, and they are local – the things they do will impact you directly.
The Aug. 11 letter “Partisan double standard” commenting on the Aug. 3 news article “Voter ID will be defended without Cooper” highlighted a dangerous, growing and deliberate effort to undermine a carefully considered bedrock principle agreed by the drafters of the Constitution: the separation of church and state.
The Aug. 14 Point of View “What Carolina Comeback? NC a poorer, more unequal state” by John Quinterno was troubling in its use of selective and outdated statistics to back distorted, election-year claims.
Regarding the Aug. 23 column “Trump the Churchillian leader we need”: I found Jerry Falwell Jr.’s comparison of Donald Trump to Winston Churchill to be one of the most ludicrous opinions I’ve ever read.
The endless media commentary about what led to the rise of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders misses the obvious. An on-point example is a July 31 article about the opioid epidemic that relates how the pharmaceutical industry is making it worse and the role Congress plays.
A recent story on the defunct one-weekend sales-tax holiday used the example of a 17-year teacher who paid an additional $27 out-of-pocket on classroom supplies this year. Leaving aside that state education funding has increased every year under Republican leadership, the story failed to mention that since the last sales tax holiday, teachers with 17 years’ experience have seen an increase in base salary of $6,600 – or 17 percent – thanks to teacher pay raises passed by the General Assembly.
Regarding the July Point of View “Raleigh bike lanes an unjustified $4.62 million expense”: Bike lanes cannot be enforced; cars and trucks can ride in marked lanes and bikes can choose to ignore the painted lanes and ride in the middle of the street. Painted bike lanes are merely a $4.6 million suggestion.
I was at the Crabtree Valley Mall when the “explosion” occurred. With me were two young ladies visiting from Iraq. As we left the mall, the Raleigh Police Department was arriving, and then the Wake County Sheriffs Office, ambulances and others.
Read with interest the Aug. 22 news article “N.C.’s changing voter base hurts trump in key state.” Truth be told I am growing weary of the continual anti-Trump slant in the news. While I recognize there has been an influx of young professionals to the state, why does the reporter neglect to mention the increased migration of seniors (myself included) to the Carolinas? A migration I believe is turning this state into a “New Florida.”
Regarding the Aug. 20 Point of View “This is a Republican war on education?”: Robert Luebke of the Civitas Institute insisted that the decline of teachers’ salaries under the GOP is a Democratic myth, and yet we’re left with the erosion of this state’s educational reputation and the migration of our teachers to other places. I guess someone forgot to tell the teachers that it’s all a myth.
Regarding the Aug. 13 news article “Probe seeking North Carolina health agency documents closed”: I am sure Dr. Aldana Vos is breathing easier now that the federal prosecutors say that she is not guilty of illegal conduct. However, in the court of public opinion, using public funds for these particular non-bid contracts stands as an egregious example of overreach and partisan entitlement. Arrogant, but not illegal. We need some better contracting guidelines if these arrangements “pass muster.”
Regarding the Aug. 18 news article “ ‘Party line changes’ urged to limit early voting hours”: I find issue with all of Dallas Woodhouse’s email to the counties’ Board of Elections, but most disturbing is his paragraph denouncing Sunday voting.
In a recent letter, Sen. Thom Tillis takes credit for protecting taxpayers when he should take the blame for their high internet and cable bills. In 2011 with Tillis’ help, New York companies shut down North Carolina cities’ efforts to provide high-speed internet to residents. Everyone knows that the information highway is the future.
Regarding the Aug. 19 editorial “‘Party line changes’”: Not only do Democrats support letting people register and vote on the same day with no verification of eligibility, support creating chaos at the polls by allowing people to cast ballots outside their Election Day precinct and oppose our common sense voter ID law, they now believe that only Democrats should be allowed to make suggestions of when, where and how people vote early.
In your Aug. 21 news article “Coupling of science and politics raises questions about ethics,” UNC law professor Gene Nichol said, “We have already seen what can happen to professors whose publications the legislators detest.” Nichol portrayed himself as some kind of martyr on the altar of academic integrity, although nothing could be further from the truth.