Opinion

4/22 Letters: How are we supposed to trust Burr to do the right thing?

Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C.
Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C. AP

Burr and Trump

Surely you jest — “Burr needs to win trust?” (April 18). Burr is one of the biggest benefactors of NRA money, and he has refused to meet with his constituents since his re-election in 2016. He has been complicit in the Trump Administration’s misdeeds since Trump entered the presidential race in 2015.

Now we learn that Burr gave privileged information to the White House while he was supposed to be investigating Russia’s interference in our elections.

From the day Trump lost the popular vote, with Russia’s help, to the current minute of the current day, Trump subverts the Constitution and trashes established norms of our government. He uses the Office of the President of the United States to insult and demean his own citizens (who he had sworn to protect) as well as whole countries. He has never been fit to hold the office, and with his refusal to appoint a working Cabinet, he moves us closer to authoritarianism each day. Burr and every Republican in Congress are complicit in this daily violation of our Constitution and governmental norms. It’s kind of quaint that the N&O thinks Burr would do the right thing at this point.

Laurie McDowell

Raleigh

Preserve history

Pittsboro is considering the removal of the Civil War soldier at its courthouse. Again, there are those rallying for the removal and those for retaining it in place. Seldom heard are North Carolina citizens who are against destroying any symbol of their history, because they would be considered racist for speaking out. As a consequence, they say nothing. Accordingly, part of our history is never explored.

Regrettably, many history teachers convey only part of the story of the Civil War and its causes and aftermath. The North also honored their dead with statues and are not removing them. I say that we should preserve the history of the past so we can learn from it. My radical idea is to return Silent Sam to the original site and add descriptive plaques about the history and background that inspired the statue. The artist who sculpted the statue also created one of a Northern soldier at the same time. It is still standing.

Eunice Brock

Chapel Hill

Word of mouth campaigns

Now that the Mueller report is out, it is time for an evaluation of political performance before the next general elections. It is evident there will not be changes to our present political scene, even though there are strong indications of misconduct. Time to get to the business of legislation and improvement of our general well-being.

In 2020, voters have a chance to make sweeping changes if our expectations are not met in the next year and a half. That is democracy at work. Our job is to keep the general electorate informed on a daily basis, so when they walk into the polling sites they have an educated opinion of what they want for the future. No flashy political ads or expensive campaign consultants, just word of mouth dissemination of available political performance. Let’s make sure candidates are running for office and not from the law.

George Garcia

Roleville

Potential substitutes

Perhaps, each legislator could contact a teacher and volunteer to teach for the day on May 1.

Jolene H. McCann

Morehead City

No relenting

It appears that the Mueller report can be summarized as follows: No collusion, no obstruction, but not for lack of trying.

John Page

Cary

Noise awareness

April 24 is International Noise Awareness Day, co-sponsored by Noise Free America: A Coalition to Promote Quiet. This is a day to reflect on how noisy our world has become and how to quiet things down. The Triangle is very noisy. There is constant clamor from leaf blowers, motorcycles, stereos, and other things.

All this noise is very harmful. Excessive noise is related to sleep deprivation, hearing loss, heart disease, cognitive impairment, stress, and aggravated behavior. Excessive noise is far from a mere “nuisance.” The Triangle needs to take action. We need to ban gas-powered leaf blowers. We also need a much stronger noise ordinance, with tougher fines and enforcement. The police should crack down on illegally-loud motorcycles and car stereos. With these changes, our region can become a quieter, more peaceful, more pleasant place to live.

Ted Rueter

Durham

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