Deportation no ‘mistake’
Regarding the news story “ICE: Deported Durham teen was allowed to stay in U.S. 2 years” (DN, Oct. 12)
Mistake? When you are an administration that deports more immigrants than any other in the recent past, there are no “mistakes.” There is a continous inhumane shameful policy that destroys working families. The mistake is Obama’s relentless war on immigrant, working-class families. No excuses. No sugar coating it.
Moved since the last election?
Election time is finally here (thank goodness)! I am one of the hundreds of Durham County residents who will assist you if you decide to vote. I hope you will exercise your right; however, I and my co-workers ask that if you have moved since you last voted and Oct. 8 you come to one of the 13 early voting locations to cast your ballot.
A voter’s registration records must be changed following a move so the correct ballot is given to him or her. On election day, Nov. 8, this process is more complicated because it will – in most cases – involve a transfer and therefore an unexpected trip from one voting location to another. The advantage of early voting is that unwanted trip will NOT be necessary. We can update your records and give you the opportunity to vote in one location.
Another useful tip: please use the Durham County Board of Elections website to find the most convenient early voting location. Voting began Thursday at five locations in Durham County and will begin Oct. 27 in another eight. Please note the hours for each day and plan to vote before Nov. 3 as the last two days – Nov. 4 and 5 – are expected to have a heavy turnout and longer lines. This year’s ballot is long and also includes four countywide bond issues in addition to President, U.S. Senator, U.S. House, Governor and all North Carolina Council of State and judicial races. You could spend up to 15 or 20 minutes voting.
Please be aware identification is not required as was the case in March and June because the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court have decided (for now at least) our state’s voter ID requirement can discriminate against voters and deny them access to voting. However, if you are voting in North Carolina for the first time this election you may be required to show proof you live at the address stated on your registration form. This is required by the federal Help America Vote Act. If asked to show proof you live at your current address a driver’s license or North Carolina identification card with your current address or a utility bill, bank statement or credit card statement showing your current address is sufficient.
Please be patient while waiting to vote. State elections officials are expecting a heavy turnout and long lines. Your help and full cooperation is greatly appreciated.
Mark G. Rodin
Trump not asking for forgiveness
In the news article “Aide says threat to jail Clinton a ‘quip,’” (N&O, Oct. 11) Kellyanne Conway, Donald Trump’s aide, said Trump’s comment about jailing Hillary Clinton was a “quip” and that he was “channeling the frustration” of voters. Yet, one of Trump’s common phrases is “believe me.”
So apparently, he thinks that we should believe him, but his aide does not? How are we supposed to know which of his outlandish statements are to be believed?
In the Oct. 11 news article “Burr says he’s forgiven Trump for lewd comments, “ U.S. Sen. Richard Burr said he has forgiven Trump for his “indefensible” comments about women.
It would seem to me that only God and the people who were directly offended by Trump’s comments and actions, namely women, are in a position to forgive. So, who does Burr think that he is?
Athletic officials were all wet
Shame on John Swofford, Bubba Cunningham, Carol Folt, Eugene Washington, Kevin White, Randy Woodson and Debbie Yow for allowing football games to be played in Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh on Oct. 8.
It’s a beautiful day as I write this on the day after, and the games could easily have been played at each location. Yeah, I get it ... TV, travel, blah, blah. Baloney.
They are charged with having the best interests of the students, athletes and ticket holders. Did they put those interests first on Oct. 8?
And shame on me for being stupid enough to drive from Charlotte to Chapel Hill to sit in a hurricane.
Oct. 22 is International Stuttering Awareness Day. Did you know that 70 million people worldwide stutter – more than the population of France?
For nearly 70 years, the Stuttering Foundation has offered free information about stuttering and its treatment. To mark this year’s awareness day, we’ve compiled information for all ages from speech-language pathologists around the world who specialize in the treatment of stuttering. This invaluable info can be found at www.StutteringHelp.org.
We hope to reach everyone with accurate and informed information about stuttering.
The Stuttering Foundation