Letters to the Editor

4/19 Letters: Don’t drive people away from environmentally friendly vehicles

Say ‘no’ to EV fee

In regards to “Bill adds fee for electric car, hybrid vehicles,” (April 12): As an owner of gas-powered vehicles I am against adding more fees to electric and hybrid cars.

These vehicles are typically smaller and lighter than my vehicle, so they do less damage to the roadways.

In addition, vehicles with high mileage per gallon reduce the cost of gas for the rest of us because of a reduction in demand.

The air we all breathe is cleaner because of electric and hybrid cars. We need to promote electric and hybrid cars instead of adding registration costs that drive people away from these environmentally friendly vehicles.

Bill Jensen, Apex

Reject NC tree bill

The N.C. Senate is considering a bill (SB 367) which would effectively prevent city or county ordinances that regulate the removal of trees.

Hundreds of cities around the country have recognized the measurable importance of trees for citizens’ mental and physical health, air and water quality, aquifer restoration, flood control, and property value. They’ve taken a variety of steps to prevent the loss of trees.

Every town and county has different circumstances and therefore needs to be able to craft regulations that solve their particular problems and respond to their citizens’ priorities.

Threats to air and water quality, heat waves, torrential rains, the further destruction of wildlife habitat, and the stress of modern life will not be improving as decades pass.

Foresight and the search for least-cost solutions requires that trees be considered in local governments’ long-term planning. Their problem-solving abilities and accountability to their citizens should not be impaired by state legislation.

Richard Wilson, Cary

Preserve tree cover

Over the past several years a number of developments have been approved along the U.S. 401 north corridor near Ligon Mill and Forestville roads.

Developers clear the land of all trees, blast and hammer it into total submission, and grade it into flat terraced landscapes capable of supporting the most houses possible.

Former gently sloping crop fields and forested areas are turned into moonscapes before construction begins.

Contours of the land are radically altered. Soil is displaced, and soil profile and structure are completely destroyed. Not a bird or creature can be seen.

Better development is needed. Contours of the land and some tree cover should be retained. Engineers who design these developments should find ways to work with the land, not destroy it.

Development should serve the common good, not just the few who will gain financially. The public deserves no less.

Albert Coffey, Wake Forest

Teacher pay matters

Any group of people working together are compared to a three-legged stool – managers, investors and workers – you need all three groups otherwise the stool (society) will fall over.

All three groups need to be working and thus need to be adequately rewarded (paid). The stool is otherwise not stable and society comes to a grinding halt. There is nothing wrong with each group asking for a proper payment.

Therefore, we will take our grandchildren to the May 1 teacher rally, where teachers ask for more payment so they can do their job and be one of the legs of society that holds society in balance.

Jack van Dijk, Cary

Dix Park property

Regarding: “My plan for Dix Park” (April 12 Forum):

Did anyone actually run the numbers for creating a world-class mental health campus on this property?

I see it bringing medical personal and staff, patient families and support staff, construction jobs, and a lot of major PR benefits by offering world-class mental health services for this under-served population.

Or, were the powers-to-be less interested in serving that population than in creating a world-class park?

Karen Wiebe, Raleigh

Teach the Holocaust

NC House Bill 437 (Education on the Holocaust and Genocide) must be passed to preclude another Holocaust.

Germany and the rest of Europe in the 1940s included intelligent and well-educated citizens, many of whom went to church on Sundays but Mondays through Fridays were willing participants in the well-planned process to murder 6 million Jews and about 13-16 million others.

We must learn from the past to prevent a recurrence of this kind of heinous history.

Our children must be taught this history and taught about the current atrocities we humans perpetuate – most importantly to stop the cycle of hate.

We must teach them to find ways to work together. When there is hate, there is something very wrong.

Barry Strock, Durham