Letters to the Editor

Voter ID is a solution to a ‘nonexistent problem’

This 2016 photo shows North Carolina voter ID rules at a voting precinct. A federal court struck down voter ID laws in the state.
This 2016 photo shows North Carolina voter ID rules at a voting precinct. A federal court struck down voter ID laws in the state. AP

The voter ID amendment that will be on the ballot in November includes no information about what kind of ID will be accepted. If it passes, the details will be decided by the legislature.

Expecting people to vote on an amendment with no knowledge of how it would be implemented is characteristic of a party that finds it acceptable to write a budget in secret and refuse to make changes in light of discussion.

We don’t need government transparency, however, to predict the likely results of this amendment. At best, it will be challenged and the state will spend our tax money defending it in court instead of improving our schools or providing health care to the poor.

No one has ever been charged with in-person voter fraud in North Carolina, but proposing a law to solve a nonexistent problem is nothing new for N.C. Republicans, as we saw with HB2 in 2016.

At worst, a voter ID amendment will disenfranchise many. Politicians who work for the common good have nothing to fear from high voter participation. What does that say about those seeking this amendment?

Kimberly Israel



What’s the purpose of Michael Jacobs’ catalog of complaints against Democrats in “Democrats are generous with other people’s money – but stingy with their own” (July 6)? It’s tempting to present contradictions for each complaint.

For example, if it’s true, as Jacobs claims, that Republicans care about racial injustice and police brutality, why aren’t they the leading voices against these offenses?

Jacobs also claims that the 17 top charitable states are all red. But Wallethub’s 17 top charitable states include seven blue, seven red, and three purple, depending on which of the many maps you choose.

Given Republican domination of federal and state governments, why the need to continually criticize Democrats? Jacobs says more than he intends by admitting Democrats don’t view Republicans with the disdain that Republicans view them. Is he admitting that Democrats are more open-minded and more willing to cooperate to solve problems?

Don Clement


Clean water

In the divisive world that we find ourselves today, clean water is still an issue that crosses ideological lines. Fortunately, the City of Raleigh has been a national leader for more than a decade in promoting clean drinking water, including through its investment in the Upper Neuse Clean Water Initiative.

As city leaders evaluate the effectiveness of existing programs and potential changes to water and sewer rates that pay for those programs, now is an important time to review the impact of this initiative.

The mission of the Upper Neuse Clean Water Initiative is to protect and enhance drinking water resources through land acquisitions, planning and innovative water quality improvements. Since 2005, this model of watershed protection has conserved 10,000 acres of land along almost 100 miles of streams – streams that ultimately provide our drinking water. By preserving land next to our streams and rivers, the city spends less to clean the water because the preserved land naturally filters it before it arrives at a public water facility.

Also, not only is land conservation the most cost-efficient strategy to protect our watershed, but it permanently preserves these lands as farms, parks and wildlife habitats.

We know that as our population rises and as our economy continues to thrive, the pressure on our water supply will increase. Please join me in thanking the Raleigh City Council and our Public Utilities Department for their investment in clean water for us and for generations to come.

Russell Killen

Board chair

Triangle Land Conservancy


Regarding “Sometimes justice requires breaking with civility” (July 7): I am more than a little tired of being lectured from the learned ‘elite’ regarding my “racist assumptions about immigrant families.”

The families detained at the border are not immigrants – they are lawbreakers jumping the immigration line.

I have absolutely no problem with families who have immigrated in accordance with our laws. Welcome to all of them. To all the others, go home and try to immigrate or seek asylum lawfully, at established border crossings.

John MacPherson