Letters to the Editor

2/16 Letters: Confederate flags rising up is an ‘unintended consequence’

Regarding “Confederate flags could fly over multiple Orange County sites” (Feb. 10): This is called The Law of Unintended Consequences. Statues and monuments have stood for around 100 years, mostly becoming part of the scenery. Suddenly, the chronically offended found them to be easy targets. Aided and abetted by local governments fearful of losing votes, Yankees and guilt-ridden Southerners, they’ve been vandalized, moved, covered and had their names changed or removed.

Those doing this are all about inclusiveness and diversity; however, if anyone disagrees with them, they’re ‘racists,’ ‘neo-nazis’ or ‘white supremacists’. Thus, in their fervor to tear down all things Confederate, others are rising up. So, for Orange County “activists,” the unintended consequences of their actions are Confederate flags flying within their boundaries.

I say raise those flags. Raise ’em high and let ’em fly.

Cecelia Davis


‘Enough is enough’

Regarding “Delaying action on GenX wrong” (Feb. 15) about the GenX problem in the Cape Fear river area: It is time for the state to say “enough is enough.” We do not know for sure that GenX causes cancer but if there is the slightest chance it does then its release into the air and water should be stopped immediately.

We know that the Cape Fear river is already designated as one of the most polluted rivers in the country. The river provides drinking water to hundreds of thousands of people in southeastern North Carolina. Should we add more toxic pollution to that river? Of course not.

For the sake of all the people who drink this water we must stop the release of GenX. Our children and future generations are counting on us to do the right thing.

Marvin Woll


‘Leadership 101’

I have read both editorials (Feb. 6, Feb. 13) on Senator Burr carefully. There is no reason for Burr to be so thin-skinned. It tells you one thing – Burr does not have the leadership qualities we have observed in Sam Ervin, the legendary senator during the Nixon era. Burr had plenty of opportunities to show that leadership as the leader of the Senate Intelligence Committee – to rise above partisan politics for the sake of the country and its people. He has shown none.

I still have hope for him if he can do the following in addition to what was suggested in those two editorials: Finish his report in a nonpartisan way – not the way Congressman Devin Nunes did in the House Intelligence Committee. Preserve the integrity of the Special council investigation without any constitutional crisis – no firing of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Special Counsel Robert Mueller. We need facts to come out without blame games and finger-pointing.

Burr can make each North Carolinian and American proud like Sam Ervin if he can show leadership without partisanship. Leadership 101 is taking constructive criticism well for a true positive outcome.

Amalendu Chatterjee


‘No conscience?’

Contrasting “Overheated Claims on Temperature Records” (Feb. 9) with “Climate hot enough for you? Not for Scott Pruitt” (Feb. 10) is indeed a chilling exercise. Harris and Ball cherry-pick their reasons for calling the work of NOAA and NASA “meaningless after 1980,” totally ignoring the overwhelming consensus among world scientists now, in 2018, that mountains of legitimate data show we are experiencing largely human-caused climate change-and it’s ugly.

As the author of the second piece notes, such deniers kowtow to Scott Pruitt and those of his ilk, apparently heedless of the damage being caused by their servitude to Big Oil and Gas. Heaven forbid they would consider anything as win-win as the Precautionary Principle. Instead it’s full speed ahead to jettison safeguards to Earth health in any dimension.

Have they no conscience? No children or grandchildren either?

Nancy Corson Carter, Ph.D.

Chapel Hill