Letters to the Editor

Observer Forum: Letters to the editor 04.23.15

In response to “Teacher assault bill too tough on students” (N.C. Opinions, Fayetteville, April 21):

Make it a felony to assault a teacher

Why should the teachers in N.C. classrooms have to put up with threats and assaults knowing nothing substantial will happen?

Teachers cannot protect themselves and the system doesn’t protect them either. I know this after having been threatened several times, reporting it, and having nothing substantial done to ensure my safety.

Classifying it a felony is too tough? Utter nonsense.

Kenneth M. Kyzer


In response to “New tensions emerge in billboard war” (April 17):

We should be safeguarding N.C. tourism, not billboards

As the world celebrated Earth Day on Wednesday, North Carolina moves toward Earth destruction with House Bill 304.

North Carolina thrives off natural tourism. Shouldn’t we be pioneering environmental safeguards?

Lady Bird Johnson would not be proud.

Monica Keohane


Say no to latest billboard law, environment already at risk

The writer is chair of the Mecklenburg Soil and Water Conservation District.

In a world losing much of its greenness, particularly trees, more legislation to deplete this natural resource seems irresponsible.

The most recent legislation regarding billboards allowed advertising companies to cut down trees in front of billboards along highways. The result has been denuded and eroding slopes in front of these signs. Look for sedimentation from the runoff in neighboring ditches and streams, a significant pollutant.

Frequently, debris from the removal has remained at the site – a fire hazard! I reported one fire along an interstate and am surprised not to have seen more.

Nancy Carter


Rea Road widening project really missed the mark

Before the project began Rea Road was a two-lane road. Now, $22.5 million later Rea Road is still a two-lane road.

The city could have: (1.) made it four lanes (2.) removed the existing island the entire length of Colony Road, making it four lanes. End result: a four-lane road from Blakeney to SouthPark.

Lack of vision means millions of our road dollars misspent.

Dan Laurent


FBI isn’t alone in difficulties getting solid lab results

The writer is a retired environmental engineer.

I am not surprised at the revelation that there were problems in the FBI lab.

My education and work experiences in government and industry taught me the difficulties in obtaining reliable and consistent lab analysis. Even the slightest mishandling during sampling, transportation, or analysis can significantly skew results.

Years of experience led me to the position that all lab data are “guilty until proven innocent.” For anyone to suggest laboratory data “must stand alone” is naive at best.

Jim Odendahl

Indian Land, S.C.

In response to “Driver costs on the rise?” (April 21):

Fair way to fund roads is to raise gasoline tax, not fees

The most equitable way to obtain taxes to maintain N.C. roads is to keep the gas tax at a rate to sustain repairs and/or build roads as required.

Raising fees for autos and increasing insurance rates will only hurt those honest enough to pay. There are already too many unlicensed, uninsured autos on our highways now.

All drivers buy gas. If you drive, you’ll share in providing funds to maintain our roads.

If it means increasing the gas tax, so be it.

Katherine Moyle


In response to “Lower the gas tax but raise fees? No thanks” (April 20 Forum):

At least Torbett is addressing road issues, let’s hear him out

Could we spend our road fees better? Absolutely!

But Rep. John Torbett’s bill is addressing a funding problem that other politicians and business leaders would address with tolls or fairy dust.

Give him and those leaders willing to fairly fund our roads a little support in addressing a problem that lesser leaders have avoided for too many years.

Vince Winegardner