Your letters, Oct. 27

October 25, 2013 

Informative read

A big thank you for Mr. Brent Laurenz’s informative article on voting in Sunday’s Durham News (DN, Oct. 20, http://bit.ly/1bX1jEu).

I hope many, many people will read it and benefit from the information regarding the new elections law and the importance of voting in local elections.

Thanks for printing this article and for your fine newspaper that starts my day each day!

Susie Gallis

Durham

A lot at stake

North Carolina has a lot at stake when it comes to global warming with recent flooding and rising sea levels. Already, communities in North Carolina have experienced intense flooding this past summer and scientist warn that without major reductions in carbon pollution, global warming-fueled extreme weather will become even more frequent and severe.

Power plants are America’s largest single source of carbon pollution. In North Carolina, power plants account for more than half of the state’s total global warming pollution.

Luckily, the Environmental Protection Agency just released a new set of standards that sets limits on the amount of carbon pollution from new power plants. This proposed rule is apart of President Obama’s larger climate action plan that calls for reductions in global warming pollution and an increase use of clean energy.

On Tuesday, Oct. 29, Environment North Carolina, along with other groups in the area, will be hosting a citizen hearing about the EPA’s new carbon rule. Organization and members of the community are invited to give public comments about the rule, which will be recorded and sent to the EPA as official public comments. The hearing will be held at 6 p.m. at the Main Durham Library.

Graham Givens

Environment North Carolina

Keep parking free

I wanted to write and express my support for keeping parking free on Ninth Street.

As someone who lives in the neighborhood, I think it’s important that we do what we can to retain the independent character of the Ninth Street, and I worry that charging for parking will affect a lot of the local businesses disproportionately. Businesses like the Regulator, Vaguely Reminiscent and others rely on customers during the daytime, when people would be charged to park. Businesses that rely on evening traffic wouldn’t have the same disadvantage, as parking would be free for their customers. This could mean an end for those stores and more bars and chain restaurants populating the street.

The giant development that includes the Harris Teeter should create more than enough revenue to pay for any expenses associated with new development along Ninth Street. Please help us keep at least some of the character we in the neighborhood have come to love.

Dave Rogers

Durham

Editor’s note: This letter was sent to the Durham City Council and is published with the writer’s permission.

Open and shut

Re: “Becoats under fire for credit card spending”

Sounds pretty open and shut to me.

Unless he told someone he was doing it and paid it back immediately he should be gone. Even if he did follow through with paying it back immediately there should be a strong reprimand and probation.

We the people are sick and tired of our money being used for an executive’s, politician’s, school superintendent’s, etc.’s use!

David Williams

Via newsobserver.com

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