Letters to the Editor

Police department transparency not only a ‘small-town issue’

Regarding the May 13 news article “ Small-town corruption accusations lead to police whistleblower protection bill”: As a current full time 24-year veteran law enforcement officer and division president of the largest law enforcement association in North Carolina, I have been dealing with these cases for a number of years and want people to realize that this isn’t just a small-town issue or one that is isolated.

Municipal officers continue to face incredible scrutiny when they come forward to report internal corruption and, on many occasions, they put their livelihoods in jeopardy when they do. HB 37 would provide accountability and transparency in North Carolina police departments and allow for a pathway to rid agencies of corruption. Police leaders should welcome this legislation as an opportunity to demonstrate this to the citizens they serve.

It appears that Eddie Caldwell’s goal as the executive vice president and and general counsel for the sheriffs association is to kill any bill that encroaches on his perceived power and that of the North Carolina Sheriff’s Association. It should be noted that many sheriffs don’t subscribe to this method and choose not to meddle in legislation that will improve the law enforcement profession.

Randy Byrd

Divison President, North Carolina Police Benevolent Association

Wake Forest

Senate’s actions ‘vindictive’

Regarding the May 13 article, “At 3 a.m., NC Senate GOP strips education funding from Democrats’ districts”: The Republican-led NC Senate flexed their bully muscles yet again when they cut funding for programs designed to improve the educational outcomes for some of the state’s most at-risk students in districts represented by Democrats.

With this vindictive move, the Republicans in power showed Democratic representatives that they better toe the Republican line or face consequences. Using fear to rule is not a new tactic in the world, but it is disheartening that it has found its way to North Carolina.

Christy Flint


ADHD claims questioned

Regarding the May 16 Parenting column “ADHD take drew retorts from parents and experts”: The article claimed that ADHD was a hoax. I guess the doctors prescribing ADHD medications are either clueless or worse.

The article stated that “study after study” had shown that no ADHD medication could consistently outperform placebos in reducing ADHD symptoms. However, the article didn’t cite a single peer-reviewed journal article supporting this claim.

The article also claimed there was no consistent physiological basis for an ADHD diagnosis.

There are studies that contradict this claim.

Stephen Norton