4/10 letters: Scooter companies have obligations to the public

Luke Netto, left, and Kevin Ernest, right, took the new Lime scooters out for a ride in downtown Raleigh on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018.
Luke Netto, left, and Kevin Ernest, right, took the new Lime scooters out for a ride in downtown Raleigh on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. dvaughan@newsobserver.com

Managing scooters

It seems neither scooter company realized the financial obligation to the municipalities that they were going to do business with. Their vision, I think, was to come to town, drop off the scooters and watch the cash roll in. No consideration to the liabilities. Now, it appears that people who were doing the maintenance on the scooters are not being paid (“Is Bird’s new pay system shortchanging local electric-scooter mechanics?” April 5). Hopefully, a more realistic solution can be found that benefits both parties and the riders. The cities have a responsibility to its citizens and must act in their best interest.

Bill Davenport


Happy Birthday, Durham

150 years ago the state of North Carolina declared that Durham could operate as an incorporated town. Although our beloved city had existed much earlier, the 1869 incorporation served to denote our municipal independence within the Tar Heel State.

The entire United States has seen major changes over the course of a century and a half. Historical research shows that April 10, 1869 was also the exact date that Congress officially increased the number of U.S. Supreme Court justices from 7 to 9.

Other milestones for the year of 1869 include:

1. Passive resistance leader, Mohandas Gandhi, was born

2. The territorial legislature of Wyoming became the first governmental body in the world to pass a law granting women the right to vote

3. In Egypt, the Suez Canal linked the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea and changed world trade

4. President Ulysses S. Grant was sworn in as the 18th President of the US

5. The Cincinnati Red Stockings opened the baseball season as the first fully professional team.

These and many other events of 1869 place the official incorporation of Durham in very good company. The world has seen many changes over the years. So has Durham.

Eddie Davis

Public Historian for Durham’s Sesquicentennial

Left in peace

RE: “Durham Confederate soldiers monument vandalized,” April 7. As an African American, I strongly believe it should have been left in peace.

I also strongly believe that the Confederate Statues do not belong on near courthouses, government offices, public spaces nor at any university. They should be on display at Bentonville Battlefield in Four Oaks, where the last major battle of the Civil War happened.

Linda V. Eldridge

Four Oaks

Why I back Trump

I supported Trump since the day he came down the escalator. I knew all about him from the 1980s and 90s. All are sinners and fall short of the glory of God. Some don’t understand this, but Christians do.

President Trump has kept his promises to get elected. It is not Trump’s wall, it is our wall. He is for law and order, but he is a kind-hearted person. I detect not a racist bone in his body. He will lead us into the next century by what he does today. Many people are falsely accused, including Jesus Christ. Why do I like Trump? He is not a bully. He stands up to bullies. He fights for the underdog. He follows the U.S. Constitution, he is preparing the best healthcare ever, and he protects life. Trump is making America greater than ever before.

Elizabeth Temple


Clean Jordan Lake

Every year, Jordan Lake gets thousands of visitors who swim, camp and play around the lake. With the accumulation of trash on the shores and harmful algae in the water, the pollution is growing more severe. This endangers not only animal and plant life but the citizens who use the lake for recreation and those who rely on it for drinking water. The only source of help the lake is receiving is from volunteer groups like Clean Jordan Lake. With more awareness about the trash on the banks, the first steps can be taken for a cleaner lake. But there lies a deeper issue the algae in the water. The North Carolina Environmental Quality Committee and legislation need to work together to address the pollution in Jordan Lake.

Mya Hutter-DeMarco


Save the Internet

Two years ago, the FCC under Ajit Pai repealed the net neutrality protections that make the internet an open and free platform to connect and exchange ideas. If we can’t restore these protections, the internet as we know it could change forever.

Earlier this month, Congress introduced the Save the Internet Act, which will restore the open internet protections that were repealed by the FCC in 2017. Despite having the support of over 80% of Americans, many members of Congress are siding with Big Telecom to vote against this bill.

I hope our representatives in Congress vote in favor of this bill. Otherwise we’ll be forced to hold them accountable at the ballot box in 2020.

Helmut Mueller

Chapel Hill