Letters to the Editor

04/11 Letters: Members of Congress working in NC don’t need emergency lights

No to blue lights

A bill has been introduced in North Carolina that would allow U.S. House and Senate members to use blue lights on their registered vehicles while working in North Carolina.

The reason given is they are often in a rush to meet deadlines. This in no way constitutes an emergency.

Having spent 30 years in law enforcement, I can attest that using emergency lights and sirens creates its own risk. Other motorists react in unpredictable ways when, and if, they see or hear the emergency warning devices.

U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield has apparently requested assistance from N.C. lawmakers to introduce this bill.

Such a law is needless and crazy at best. Our elected officials could find better causes on which to focus their efforts.

Kent Fletcher, Durham

Trump’s the opposite

I write to thank you for the hearty chuckle I got Wednesday morning reading letter noting how our current president “fights for the underdog,” is a “kind-hearted person,” “not a bully,” and perhaps most importantly “’is preparing the best healthcare ever.” Laughter really is the best medicine! Thanks again.

Eric Ferreri, Durham

Hypocritical sheriffs

On sheriffs and ICE:

How can any sheriff in good conscience enforce the laws, which they are elected and paid to do, if they hold themselves above the law?

They obviously feel they can pick and choose which laws they will obey, while at the same time they expect all citizens to obey all laws, not just the ones citizens like and agree with.

Very hypocritical of them. If citizens held this same opinion, chaos would rule.

Jo Ann Whitley, Knightdale

What’s Trump hiding?

Every major presidential candidate for the last 40 years has released their tax returns.

It was suspicious enough when Donald Trump didn’t release his during the campaign, but now he is resisting the requests of Congress with harsh objection.

If he has nothing to hide, what’s the big deal?

George Anna, Apex

Say no to AZ charter

I don’t understand why the state of North Carolina would let a company from Arizona run a charter school in North Carolina. (“NC charter school that would pay millions to an Arizona businessman gets state backing,” April 8)

Not only that, but the owner of that company is going to build the school and lease it back to the N.C. charter school.

Of course I don’t approve of charter schools. period. They take away from our public school system, which I do believe in.

I hope the State Board of Education declines to OK this deal.

Hylton Lawrence, Dunn

A housing reset

The article “City removes barrier for affordable housing,” (April 9) opens the door for a new, exciting and targeted approach to providing affordable housing in our community.

I have served on various affordable housing task forces for either Raleigh or Wake County since the early 1980s. Aside from when the City committed to floating its first housing bond back in the early ’80s, never has it taken such a bold step.

This bold measure clears the air and mitigates the grand rezoning of the Raleigh’s downtown district for maximum density and height without any indication that the city really wanted the private sector to do the heavy lifting, especially for families at 50 percent and above the area median income.

Now the City can use its housing dollars to provide decent, safe and affordable housing options for those workers who, with pride, do the jobs that pay minimum wages.

Mayor Nancy McFarlane recently stated that it was time for Raleigh to reset itself. This bold move is exactly what was needed.

Daniel Coleman, Raleigh

Clean up the Haw

I live right on the Haw River in Pittsboro. Unfortunately, it is one of the most endangered rivers in the country.

The No. 1 pollutant in the river is sediment that comes from a multitude of sources, including developments and clear-cutting.

It runs off and combines with fertilizers and sewage to form a polluted runoff. The phosphorus and nitrogen that come into the water create algal blooms, and this algae takes all the dissolved oxygen out of the water, killing the fish.

The Haw River runs through six counties: Alamance, Forsyth, Rockingham, Guilford, Orange and Chatham. If you live in any of these, chances are your drinking water is affected by the Haw.

I encourage all to ask your state senators to reinstate the Jordan Lake Rules. It’s our water, let’s make sure it’s clean and liveable.

Ember Penney, Pittsboro