Letters to the Editor

Observer Forum: Letters to the editor 05.10.16


Law needed to block abuse of opioid pills

The writer is Special Agent in Charge of the State Bureau of Investigation’s Diversion and Environmental Crimes Unit

A recent report identified four N.C. cities among the top 25 worst cities for drug abuse in the country. Hickory ranked fifth.

A common form of prescription drug abuse is when an abuser alters a prescription pain pill.

Fortunately, there is a medical technology called OADP – opioids with abuse deterrent-properties – a reformulation of prescription opioid pills with barriers that make it more difficult to manipulate the pill.

North Carolina should adopt legislation – like House Bill 1048 – that will reduce barriers to prescribing abuse-deterrent prescription opioids.

The availability of abuse-deterrents will help save lives and equip law enforcement to protect our communities.

Judy Billings, Raleigh

Don’t insult Duke Energy protesters

In response to “Shareholder meeting turns to green energy, environment” (May 6):

Gov. Pat McCrory’s spokesman intimated that the street theater at Thursday’s shareholder meeting could be discounted because we were “paid, professional protesters.”

I can firmly attest that every one of those participating in the protest received no payment whatsoever and consider the accusation an insult to those involved who are committed environmental citizens standing up to the corporate and legislative malfeasance perpetuated by Gov. McCrory and Duke Energy.

Our concerns about coal ash pollution and failure to consider renewable energy were real.

An apology from McCrory’s spokesman, Ricky Diaz, would be appreciated.

Alan Burns, Charlotte

Duke puts profits above clean air

Duke has committed to only 4 percent renewables over the next 15 years, in a world being wrecked by fossil fuels.

Natural gas is not the answer. Gas infrastructure prodigiously leaks methane, a much more potent greenhouse gas than CO2.

If Duke was really interested in solar, as CEO Lynn Good says it is, it would stop blocking third-party sales of rooftop solar to homes, churches, and small businesses.

Sally Kneidel, Charlotte

Trump is unfit to command military

As an Army flight surgeon stationed at Fort Bragg during the final years of the Vietnam War, I worked with a number of combat veterans.

Many returned with wounds that never healed and memories of the horrors of war that they could never forget. We are truly in their debt.

For someone like Donald Trump, who used multiple deferments to avoid serving during that time, to disparage the record of John McCain, who suffered unimaginable torture while actually serving his country, marks Trump as uniquely unfit to be Commander in Chief of our military.

Donald C. Nelson, Charlotte

HB 2 reflects outdated morality

In response to “Many thoughtful people support HB2” (May 4 Forum):

Forum writer Mike Tuggle says HB2 comforts those who have a “concern for traditional morality and religious faith.”

Mr. Tuggle seems not to have noticed that not too long ago “traditional morality” had no problem with slavery or the denial of personhood to women. Or, that religious faith has forceful current expression in Al Qaeda and ISIS.

Today’s problems can only be solved when approached without prejudice or preconceptions.

Clark Macomber, Charlotte

We have freedom of (and from) religion

In response to “Religion, morality are pillars of society” (May 6 Forum):

Forum writer John Tignor is misleading the reader by quoting one founding father with one cherry-picked quote.

The relationship between religion and government was thoroughly debated by the founding fathers, who wisely wrote the U.S. Constitution to totally separate the two.

The First Amendment could not be clearer: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...”

Thus, we have freedom of religion and freedom from religion.

Tom Rafferty, Charlotte