Your letters, July 17

July 16, 2013 

Sender Castillo wades in water up to his knees Sunday as he tries to return to his apartment in Camelot Village.

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Applied Science 101

Planners, architects and others involved with the recent, recurring floods might do well to go back to the basics.

When you spill a glass of water the liquid seeks a way “out,” sometimes by soaking into a porous surface and sometimes by wrapping around a solid impediment. Buildings sited too close to one another and/or too near structures that are built a few feet or, in the case of major buildings, several floors below the surface, disrupt the natural flow. The results: costly damage and floods.

It’s basic Applied Science begging to be applied in Chapel Hill and environs.

Carol Reuss

Chapel Hill

Going with the flow

I have seen that same area flood several times. My idea is for the town of Chapel Hill to buy Camelot Village and make a lake there. A lovely lake with picnic tables and grassy slopes.

It’s right next to our community center and would be a lovely addition to Chapel Hill. There is already a pond there. Why try to going against the flow, when going with the flow might work much better, and be much less costly than paying for repairs over and over.

They banned houses near the Mississippi River for the same reason.

Holly FitzGerald

Chapel Hill

One of the few

Village Green condos in Chapel Hill flooded. RPM (the property management company) responded so quickly.

The town of Chapel Hill wanted to condemn this property and Marie Pierce, the owner, got them to change their mind because we did such a good job so far. We had until 10 a.m. the follow morning to get all the sheetrock out of 42 units.

They are one of the few that did not get condemned in Chapel Hill. We would be homeless if it wasn’t for them.

Robyn Szkolnyj

Chapel Hill

Answered the call

Lets call the N.C. NAACP and others protesters of the UNC Soldiers Memorial, aka “Silent Sam,” what they really are: anti-veteran.

While we are at it, let’s call the memorial what it really is; the real, REAL Silent Sam is a dedication to soldiers that fought in a war, and all wars have victims. The Civil War was not of their choosing; it was simply their time to fight, and as all brave men (and women) do, they answered the call honorably. Nothing anyone said at an unveiling ceremony from a bygone era changes this.

If the NAACP and their young followers wish to fight this, let me remind them that even the Russians have memorials to the German soldiers that fought and died during WW II, because they have the civility and human decency to honor soldiers for what they really were: victims of war.

Let me be the first to say that the NAACP and their fellow “Silent Sam” protesters are anti-veteran. Worst yet, they are using victims of war to simply advance their own agenda: that is the perpetuation of poor race relations by claiming everything is racist, and to that end, keep themselves employed, and real history silenced.

CB McQueen

Carrboro

Sharia confusion

I’m confused. Since much of Sharia is a restatement of the Book of Leviticus, if we ban Sharia are we also banning parts of the Old Testament as well?

Fred Gerken

Chapel Hill

Times on the signs

Do Gov. McCrory and his Republican Party want to be congratulated for earning us the lead editorial in the New York Times “The Decline of North Carolina” (July 10)?

They have managed in a very few years to damage almost every group in the state, including the unemployed, our school children and college students, teachers, Medicaid beneficiaries, women, the poor and middle-class taxpayers, prisoners who may have been unjustly sentenced, voters, immigrants, and those whose sexual preferences differ from their own. Not to mention disregard for stewardship of our priceless environment.

All this to benefit the wealthy, big donors, and, they assume, corporations. How many businesses do they think will be attracted to a state that gets negative publicity for being discriminatory and callous toward its people, their education and their environment?

Nancy Milio

Chapel Hill

League opposes bill

The League of Women Voters of North Carolina supports full disclosure on all bills being introduced in the State Legislature. The League therefore opposes the legislation presented by the state Senate on HB 695 (imposing stricter regulations on abortion clinics).

We are surprised and disappointed that the North Carolina legislature would consider such an underhanded procedure to pass a bill that is crucial to the women of North Carolina and not have public input regarding the bill. If passed, this legislation has the potential to create additional problems for the women of North Carolina. Why did the Senate decide that this bill did not need any public input when it deals with the lives of women around the state?”

To not have public input makes it seem that the legislators want to “rule” everything in North Carolina without hearing from their people. It is within our “right to know” that this important piece of legislature should be given a chance for the people to share their comments during public arenas. People need to know what is happening in Raleigh.

The League of Women Voters of North Carolina urges the North Carolina Senate and House legislators to reject this new government program. Many legislative bills have or will be enacted upon the people in North Carolina during this legislative session. We are opposed to many of these bills as has been stated in the past. This procedure brought on by the Senate in the late hours of their session and without public comments is shameful of our state legislators.

Jo Nicholas

President

League of Women Voters of North Carolina

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