Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

9/18 Letters: The history of Luther’s anti-Semitism

Regarding the letter to the editor “Remove Luther too” (Sept. 14): The author is right: Martin Luther’s anti-Semitism was virulent, violent and vile, but it also was more complicated than Schiffman makes it sound. Luther actually started out with a rather enlightened position, at least by the standards of the late Middle Ages. In 1523, he advocated for the inclusion of Jewish people into society and a non-violent mission effort to convert the Jews. When they failed to flock to the newly reformed brand of Christianity as Luther had expected, he turned against them with a vengeance, writing the diatribes of 1543 to which Schiffman referred.

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9/16 Letters: Real tax reform needed to gain consensus

Regarding “Hoping tax code changes deliver” (Sep. 1): “He who hesitates, may know something you don’t.” That line was written by a friend of mine named Chuck, who kept a neatly printed poster on the wall of his office titled, “Ten Laws for Today’s World” to which he had added his line as the 11th law. Chuck’s law came to mind when three Republican Senators, Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins and John McCain, refused to vote to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

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9/13 Letters: Customers shouldn’t have to pay for Duke Energy’s coal ash ‘carelessness’

Regarding “Coal ash could raise your power bill: Duke Energy wants double-digit rate hike” (Aug. 25): Duke Energy Carolinas is attempting to increase electricity rates by 16.7 percent for residential customers. The $311 million from this rate increase would not fund a new and better utilities infrastructure; instead, the money would reimburse Duke for its to-date efforts to clean up the poisonous coal ash that it carelessly dumped in North Carolina for years. The electricity rate base ought to cover the investments that Duke actually made for reliable power infrastructure, rather than the ones it should have made.

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9/11 Letters: In-person prison visits necessary for inmates

Regarding “Sheriff’s Office touts advantages of video visits at Durham County Jail” (Sep. 5): For people accused of crimes, it doesn’t always feel like folks are innocent until proven guilty. Quite often, the treatment in county jails where people await trial is far worse and dehumanizing than the treatment people receive in prison after being convicted.

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9/10 Letter: Response from leaders in NC health care merger

This letter is in response to “Health care partnership needs scrutiny” (Sept. 3). We welcome wide input as we move toward formalizing an agreement to jointly operate a new health care system for North Carolina. We do, however, take issue with the assertion that the reason for our planned affiliation is to increase clout in negotiations with insurance companies. That simply is not our intent, nor has it been part of our discussions.

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9/8 Letters: Environmental risks of Atlantic Coast Pipeline not worth it

I am in agreement with the sentiments expressed in “NC should reject the Atlantic Coast Pipeline” (Aug. 11). I continue to wonder why North Carolina would even consider the pipeline considering the alternative sources of energy it has in such abundance. As I read the column, I thought about the ACP and wondered where there would be a break and spill? It is not a matter of if such a catastrophe will occur, it is a matter of when and where.

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9/7 Letter to the editor: Member of UNC Board of Governors defends Folt on Silent Sam

As a member of the UNC Board of Governors and an African-American, I am offended by the Confederate monument on UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus known as Silent Sam and the shameful history associated with it dating back to its dedication. I know that Chancellor Folt would remove the statue if she could, and for that reason I cannot remain silent while the editorial “More souring on Sam, but where is Folt?” (Sep. 2) unfairly impugns her reputation and leadership on this issue. It is useful to review the guidance Chancellor Folt received from President Spellings, university attorneys and the Board of Governors.

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9/6 Letters: “NC Legislature votes to kick people when they are down – favors loan sharks.”

Regarding “Law passed over Cooper’s veto helps consumer loan industry” (Aug. 30): A more accurate headline would be: “North Carolina state senators and representatives vote to kick people when they are down – favor loan sharks.” Details can be provided on the income and employment categories that utilize payday loans, which is what they used to call high-interest rate consumer loans.

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9/5 Letters: Keep oil drilling off N.C. coast

We are residents of North Carolina who have enjoyed our beaches and barrier islands for the last 19 years. Oil drilling would be highly detrimental to the delicate marine mammal habitats of our coast, as well as a threat to the tourism industry and ancient deepwater coral reefs. Seismic airgun blasts used in oil exploration disrupt mating and feeding and cause beach strandings and deaths of whales and dolphins. The endangered right whales frequent our coastline, and five of the seven endangered species of sea turtles nest on our beaches; species which would be adversely affected by oil drilling.

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9/4 Letters: Spraying ‘garbage juice’ into the air doesn’t treat it

Regarding “Controversial garbage liquid spraying to begin” (Aug. 23): Recently a House bill was introduced to allow the bulk aerosolizing disposal of Lined Landfills Title D Leachate, which is collected from disposed trash and moisture. The lined design was devised to protect groundwater from the pollution generated by trash disposal. When refuse is brought to the sanitary landfill, it is buried with a myriad of other waste, which may recombine the constituents of the leachate. Non-hazardous materials may combine to create hazardous pollutants under the capped pressure/moisture environment of the landfill.

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