Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Fracking hearings to start in Raleigh” (Aug. 18):

Air pollution fracking rules needed

The writer is Triangle Manager, Medical Advocates for Healthy Air, Clean Air Carolina.

While most scientific reports conclude that more research is needed on chemicals shielded from public view, known chemicals currently in use should be enough to cause major health concerns about fracking. Many are carcinogens.

Strangely, North Carolina’s Mining and Energy Commission, which developed the drilling rules, leaves out any rules governing air pollution. That alone should send up red flags. Relying on “proposed” EPA regulations that aren’t even rules yet is just too risky. The Commission should request the N.C. Environmental Management Commission adopt state air toxics standards and permitting requirements associated with fracking.

Gayatri Ankem

Chapel Hill

In response to “McCrory lawyer: Stock mistake was mine, not his” (Aug. 19 Feedback):

C’mon. McCrory’s lawyer had background to know better

A Wake Forest University Law School graduate and former president of the N.C. Bar Association who cannot correctly understand or competently complete a required state financial disclosure form?

L.C. Coonse

Granite Falls

In response to “An assault on the media in Ferguson” (Aug. 20):

Media actions help create problems for law enforcers

I agree that the media should have the right to cover the rioting in Ferguson. However the rioters play up to the cameras and news media. It makes the police job much more difficult. If these thugs could not get time on TV they would not even be there. Maybe you should look at it from the police perspective.

Dick Meyer


Hypocrisy shows in reactions to assaults against police

I am deeply concerned to see those who applauded Cliven Bundy’s resistance against law enforcement in Texas now questioning demonstrators in Ferguson. It concerns me equally to see the supporters of the protesters in Ferguson question Bundy’s rights. That smells of hypocrisy. We have no more right to point guns at federal marshals than we have a right to throw stones at local police officers. Breaking the law is not protected by the First Amendment.

Roger Kitzmiller


In response to “Black gains and pains in Ferguson” and “I’m a cop. Don’t challenge me” (Aug. 20 Viewpoint):

Two columns lay bare issues undergirding shooting, looting

These two gentlemen, coming from different backgrounds and perspectives, both cut to many truths about the unfortunate incident that led to Michael Brown being shot to death and the all too familiar aftermath of burning, looting and rioting. There is plenty of blame to go around but they both point out the real issues that are dividing and destroying our country. Everyone should read them in a thoughtful, open-minded way.

Jim Burgin


In response to “Icahn: Board is too loyal” (Aug. 20):

Carl Icahn’s greed makes him a pariah to many companies

Carl Icahn, after netting a $100 million-plus profit on his Family Dollar stock, continues to try and stir the pot of this company. Having never worked an honest day in his life, Mr. Icahn feels it necessary to stick his nose into a business that has been an area staple for many decades. With a history of unethical behavior throughout his career, is it any wonder that companies cringe whenever his name is mentioned?

Doug Samut


In response to “Home builders’ confidence highest since January” (Aug.19):

Why will new homes sell while older ones stand empty?

Could someone please explain to me why, if the housing market is on such an upsurge, there are perfectly nice houses where I live still empty? How can they expect new homes to be occupied, if older ones were left because owners’ mortgages didn’t justify paying for the actual net loss worth of the house?

Lorraine Stark