The Opinion Shop

Bonus letters on Duke, Benjamin Netanyahu and Loretta Lynch

Letters that got overrun by other issues before they could see print:


Regarding the April 4 news article “ Sulaimon’s removal from Duke team still a mystery”: Wow! Coach K and Duke have taken their arrogance to a new level.

The way they have handled the Sulaimon dismissal from the team is laughable. Now the leadership at Duke said that Coach K will not be taking any questions on the Sulaimon issue and all questions must be submitted in writing. They have got to be kidding.

When I go to work, I’m trying that approach with my boss and my co-workers when they question some of my actions. With all the lectures Coach K has given at Fuqua School of Business, I’m sure he knows that Leadership 101 teaches students to stand up and be accountable for their actions.

Jimmy Grant

Chapel Hill


Recently, on a rainy afternoon, my daughter and a friend were in a fender-bender during rush-hour traffic near Crabtree Valley Mall. Three vehicles were involved.

Thank goodness, no one was hurt, not a scratch, and after the police took down information, all three vehicles were driven away, with relatively minor damage. The other parties in the accident were understanding, kind and relieved that no one had been injured.

Frankly, if she had to be a passenger involved in an accident, there couldn’t have been a better scenario with better people. Which is fortunate, because five days later, the onslaught began. Not from any of the other drivers or their insurance companies but from no fewer than 12 ambulance chasers. This continued for two days, each day a mailbox full of packets from lawyers seeking to represent her and help her recover damages for her “pain and suffering.” Damages that ultimately could have brought financial ruin to another person involved in the horrific bump on Glenwood.

Why is insurance, medical care and other vital goods and services are out of reach for so many Americans? I’ll give them a clue.

Mike Hughes



Regarding the March 4 news article “ Netanyahu: You can get better Iran deal”: The speech from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Congress received unwarranted criticism from its Democratic members.

Many left-leaning members of Congress refused to attend the speech, an insult to our only ally in the Middle East. Many liberals attacked the speech as repeating known fact, and they are right to say such. They claim that it insulted the power the United States possesses with agencies like the CIA. However, is that worth attacking the prime minister for?

Many Democratic members of Congress issued statements saying that while they agree Iran is a dangerous nation, they disagree in the way Netanyahu spoke. Disagreeing over something as trivial as the way he gave his speech demonstrates the partisan attitude of those members of Congress.

The state of Israel is in danger if proper sanctions are not enforced on Iran, and Netanyahu is simply reiterating that fact. Sadly, many congressmen use this time to carry the party line. They claim to agree with Netanyahu but proceed to attack him. They chose political interests over Israel, when the Israeli nation needs us. We must always stand for the safety of Israel.

Joseph Martin Lewis



Having worked in the nonprofit sector for 45 years, I fully support Mary Nash Rusher’s April 22 Point of View “ A knock on nonprofits” against passage of Senate Bill 700, which would claw away tax monies in order to fund the highly-touted, shell-game tax cuts. There is a widespread public misunderstanding that “nonprofits” should not make profits; that is incorrect.

Their distinction is that all surplus money must be poured back into these public-interest services, as opposed to private pockets like business owners or shareholders. As Rasher reminded us, nonprofit tax status is a privilege bestowed by federal and state governments upon any organization which serves a “community benefit” purpose worthy of having such status.

In other words, if a tax-exempt organization didn’t exist, its services might become an additional burden to taxpayers, or diminish our community’s citizens in some way.

However, with this privilege comes an important obligation – every nonprofit organization is accountable for routinely demonstrating its community benefit services and doing so in a spirit of transparency. Thus, if this obligation is betrayed by misuse of monies or failing to demonstrate sufficient community benefit, its tax-exempt status should be taken away.

Otherwise, let’s leave this longstanding covenant between communities and their honorable nonprofits alone.

Gino Pazzaglini



Regarding the March 4 news article “ Bill would let drivers cross yellow lines”: I read with dismay and disbelief about N.C. Reps. Jeffrey Elmore and Rayne Brown’s proposal to make the meaning of the double yellow line subject to individual interpretation.

Recently, I went on a 20-mile bicycle ride west of Durham on hilly and winding (but lightly traveled) roads. Of the 30 or so cars and trucks that passed me, all but a handful did so when there was a single or double yellow line present. Fortunately, most passed me with 3 feet of clearance and at a reasonable speed. However, that is not always the case.

There is already too much individual interpretation of traffic laws and signage going on with North Carolina drivers. Official state encouragement of more is not advisable. A likely result of this law would be more high-speed head-on collisions and more deaths of two-wheeled riders as cars pull out to pass only to have to swerve back into the lane when they encounter an oncoming car.

There is a reason the state employs traffic professionals in the DOT and why we have lane markers and speed limits. They prevent accidents and save lives.

Tom Shumaker



Sen. Thom Tillis, who has worked hard to climb the political ladder, should be proud to vote to confirm North Carolinian Loretta Lynch as U.S. Attorney General.

Like Tillis, Lynch has succeeded as a result of hard work. She worked hard to gain admission and earn honors as a Harvard undergraduate and at Harvard Law School. She worked hard and effectively as a U.S. District Attorney. Her toughness and fair-mindedness as a U.S. attorney have been attested to by many, including Gregg Jarrett of Fox News, who wrote: “Lynch is both highly qualified and abundantly experienced to become the nation’s top law enforcement officer.”

In the Senate Judiciary Committee, Lynch won the support of conservative Republicans Lindsay Graham and Orrin Hatch. Tillis should wash his hands of petty partisanship and vote to confirm Lynch.

Louise Taylor

Buies Creek