Letters to the Editor

3/29 Letters: Barr summary does not pass the smell test

The Barr summary

The Mueller report summary does not pass the smell test.

How can there have been no collusion when we have seen so much evidence of it? When 34 individuals and three corporations have been indicted?

How can there have been no obstruction of justice when the president fired FBI Director James Comey and his assistant Andrew McCabe, continually criticized his attorney general for recusing himself, and for two years has attacked the Justice Department, the FBI, and special prosecutor in every way possible in order to discredit them and their work?

What we’ve heard so far in Attorney General William Barr’s brief summary is simply not believable.

I’ll summarize this in just five words: All roads led to Trump.

Peter V. Andrews, Raleigh

It wasn’t the Russians

The Russians did not make our citizens vote for Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton did.

Michael Whittingham, Roxboro

Duke shortsighted?

Many years ago Duke University declined acceptance of the Nixon Presidential Library. Duke was considered as a repository for the presidential papers as Richard Nixon was a Duke Law grad.

With the passage of time, Nixon has proved to be more of an interesting figure in history rather than someone to be avoided.

Similarly, the decision to block the light rail stop at Duke Hospital may well prove to be a shortsighted one.

Deborah Brogden, Raleigh

Duke fears justified

Reporter Tammy Grubb’s findings in “2 cities put light rail near hospitals, like the plan that worries Duke. Here’s what happened.” (March 25) provided more information on the dangers of EMI interference on sensitive hospital equipment and shed more light on Duke’s concern over the light rail being only 150 feet from the hospital.

Water seeping into electrical boxes causing EMI electrical spikes is scary.

The EMI problems at hospitals in Minneapolis and Houston resulted in lawsuits and spending extra money for construction/safety concerns.

It’d be so easy to avoid these dangers now, by scrapping the current rail route and increasing small, hybrid buses that could go into neighborhoods all over the city/county.

William Bowling, Durham

Sensible gun laws

Regarding “Maintain gun rights in the U.S.” (March 24), the writer lists only authoritarian countries as examples of countries that restrict gun ownership.

I submit that Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain and many others are examples of democracies that “love life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, freedom of religion” where one doesn’t have to fear being gunned down due to a lack of common sense regulation of guns.

Jim Smith, Raleigh

Wall isn’t a solution

The recent news of levee breeches and subsequent damages of historic proportions from Midwestern flooding brings into question what constitutes a “national emergency.”

How far does anyone believe candidate Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric would have gotten him if he had stated “We’re going to build a wall on our southern border and you the taxpayers are going to fund it by diverting funds from our military,” instead of “Mexico will pay for the wall”?

There is an inherent flaw in the construction of a border wall. An estimated $1 billion in goods crosses the southern border daily. Unless every square inch and cubic foot of every vehicle crossing the border is inspected there will continue to be contraband and undocumented immigrants entering the United States.

The solution is obvious; Americans should not create a demand for drugs and an underground economy.

We need to repair our levees and drive our Chevys to the polls for a positive change in 2020.

Greg Bruhn, Raleigh

Defend Sen. McCain

I’d like to ask Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis what they are planning to do about both the slander and defamation of character coming from the West Wing? After all, until the day he died Sen. John McCain was their peer and their fellow caucus member.

Unfortunately, as their previous actions have demonstrated, they are going to do nothing.

I need to remind them – and all members of Congress from both chambers – that inaction means complicity.

If they do nothing, they are complicit in this defamation, complicit in this slander, and complicit in allowing a horrible individual to destroy our great nation and the patriots who have spent their life in its service.

Kathy Repass, Cary