I am writing on behalf of myself and my fellow Durham County election staff who have difficulty hearing. I have worn hearing aids for more than 20 years. However, hearing aids are not guaranteed to restore a person's hearing to the level before its loss.
During last week's primary I was in a church multipurpose room trying to listen to and understand voters who came to cast ballots. Many when giving their names – especially women speaking softly – were difficult for me to hear. This can lead to mistakes in finding a person's name, especially now that all Durham County voters are on electronic registration records.
Please remember many of those who agree to staff voting sites on election day (and during early voting) are older and several have experienced a hearing loss. It will assist us greatly if you will make an effort to speak loudly so your name and address are easily understood. I appreciate your cooperation.
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Mark G. Rodin
Regarding the news article "Black pastors reject HB2-Jim Crow parallels" (N&O, May 25):
I do not understand the support of pastors for House Bill 2.
Although it may not be akin to Jim Crow laws, there are similarities. Both ideas encourage discrimination and fear (and thus hatred ) toward others. The arguments denying access to bathrooms are ridiculous on both accounts.
I would hope that the pastors would emphasize the other parts of the bill, which curtail the ability of their parishioners to sue with regard to employment discrimination and which prevent local communities from enacting minimum-wage salaries.
These issues have a greater impact on their parishioners than some imaginary threats in the bathroom.
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