Letters to the Editor

4/28 Letters: With or without Trump, get serious about cyber meddling

Get serious about Russian meddling

Regarding “Faced with Trump’s misdeeds, ‘the system’ failed” (April 25 Opinion):

Edwin Yoder’s op-ed piece on the Mueller report says of President Trump, “he has made no secret of his plea for Kremlin support.”

Yoder may be referring to then-candidate Trump’s July 27, 2016 speech in Pennsylvania, where the Chinese were also invited to help.

Other summaries of the Mueller report indicate many skillful and extensive ways the Russians interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

Whether we keep President Trump or not, we better get very, very serious about protecting our democracy and our national interests in this cyber world.

Michael Gallagher, Durham

Nothing in report to celebrate

One of the most basic elements of law is that “not guilty” means not proven guilty. It does not mean innocent.

In its 400-plus pages, the Mueller report details many actions and much testimony that should cause every American grave concern. Not a word, nor a passage, of it should invite celebration.

Tim McDonough, Durham

Stop making this a partisan issue

I’m sure that America will uncover the truth about President Trump’s taxes because our democracy is too important to fail.

Yet, I’m shocked that elected representatives, including Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis, have made this a partisan issue.

Every modern candidate has released their tax returns. If anyone else had blatantly refused to publicize theirs and then sued Congress over subpoenaing them, everyone would be screaming loudly.

So why not now? Why are there different rules for Trump than for everyone else? I ask because it truly leaves me perplexed.

Yet, I know there is a major reason for Trump’s taxes being hidden from us. And, this is why America needs to see them.

Kathy Repass, Cary

See ‘Unplanned’ and be informed

All Americans, especially those who are in positions to make and adjudicate our laws, should watch the movie “Unplanned” to understand what really goes on in the abortion industry.

I had no idea of the brutality involved before I watched it and that’s why I’m speaking out.

Citizens on all sides of the debate should be as informed as possible on this critical issue and watching “Unplanned” is an excellent way to do just that.

The tragic irony that the movie is rated “R” for violence proves that abortion is in itself a violent act, not “reversal” as a local abortion clinic proudly claims in a sign at it’s entry.

In some places in our country, young women can get an abortion but are not old enough to see a movie about it.

Willa Kane, Raleigh

False labeling on charter schools

Regarding “NC should be wary of for-profit charters” (April 11 Editorial):

Where the News & Observer Editorial Board gets it wrong is misunderstanding the relationship of charter schools and their vendors.

Every charter purchases, with state and local taxpayer dollars, products and services it has to have in order to operate.

Across America companies serve charters by providing comprehensive services and products, including access to capital and facilities.

These organizations can be, in the education jargon, Charter Management Organizations or Education Management Organizations .

The former are set up as nonprofits, the latter as for-profit.

We have an obligation to ask questions and look closely at academic performance of charters that have, or have had, substantial EMO and CMO contracts. The Editorial Board has that correct.

But let’s make sure the public is not confused by false labeling. Charters are all nonprofits!

Eddie Goodall, Weddington

Charter school consultant and former state senator.

NC State can help solve critical issue

Regarding “NC State making plans to help feed the world,” (April 21):

The planet must produce more food in the next four decades than all farmers in history have harvested over the past 8,000 years.

That’s because by 2050, the Earth will be home to as many as 10 billion people, up from today’s 7.5 billion.

If massive increases in agricultural yield are not achieved, matched by massive decreases in the use of water and fossil fuels, a billion or more people may face starvation.

Hunger could be this century’s most urgent problem and the visionaries and researchers working on collaborative projects at N.C. State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences can help provide solutions.

Bob Ford, Raleigh

North Carolina Poultry Federation Executive Director

NC needs to listen to its teachers

Regarding “This year’s teachers rally is about much more than teachers” (April 24 Editorial):

I agree with your editorial concerning the May 1 teacher rally being about all school staff and resources and not just teacher pay.

Although teacher pay is much lower than they deserve, the pay for other school staff, such as custodians, is also incredibly low for what they have to do.

Custodians especially have a thankless job and a lot of the times go unrecognized in schools for what they do, and that is also being reflected in their salaries.

Being a Wake County public school student myself, it would be great to see changes for everyone. In order for that to happen, the state needs to recognize what our teachers are saying and make the changes necessary for an overall better school system.

Haley Talton, Cary

No mention of climate change?

President Trump’s and EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s Earth Day messages last week both seemed to originate somewhere in the previous century.

Neither one mentioned climate change.

Amidst the accolades about the “many blessings of Creation,” the admonitions to “cherish these gifts” and the praise heaped by the president on the benefits of “a strong market economy,” I felt a chilling lack of leadership.

I’m encouraged that congressional leaders in the House have introduced the Climate Action Now Act to help the U.S. restore its Paris accord commitments and to lay groundwork for the climate action we and future generations desperately need.

If only the president and the EPA administrator could be enlightened to join in and support it.

Nancy Corson Carter, Chapel Hill