1/21/2009 12:00am

Student should seek to elect responsible leaders

TO THE EDITOR: At various points during my time at UNC I have deeply questioned the legitimacy of Student Congress whose most influential responsibility is most likely the distribution of funding to student organizations. The finance committee is almost comical attempting to cut a $300 year-long student organization budget and then approving a $5000 budget for one sole event.

1/21/2009 12:00am

Waste transfer station shouldn't be in rural area

TO THE EDITOR: I live down the road from the proposed new waste transfer station along N.C. Hwy. 54. I moved to this area to start a small farm do my best to achieve self-sufficiency and make smaller the footprint my family treads upon this beautiful earth. The decision to put a waste transfer station in the rural part of Orange County offends every one of my values.

1/20/2009 12:00am

Letter to phone camera thief from a UNC parent

TO THE EDITOR: I'm writing on Martin Luther King Day the day before a new president is inaugurated. It should be a time of hope. But a coatroom pick-pocketing that my daughter experienced this weekend has stolen some of that hope from my daughter a student at UNC and me.

1/20/2009 12:00am

Airport is not necessary" according to consultant

TO THE EDITOR: Your Jan. 14 editorial (""Abandoned Authority: Halting plans for a new airport is a wise move"") on a new Orange County airport makes statements that are contradicted by UNC's own consultants"" Talbert & Bright (T&B;).

1/20/2009 12:00am

Place the waste transfer station in industrial zone

TO THE EDITOR: I disagree with the headlong dash to locate the Waste Transfer Station in rural Orange County for the following reasons: This is an industrial-type facility; it should be sited in an industrial or commercial zoned area.

1/15/2009 12:00am

Better solutions exist to decrease pedestrian risk

TO THE EDITOR:I read with interest the letter from Professor Proctor (""South Road bridge would increase pedestrian risk"" Jan. 14) regarding pedestrian risk — in particular the end quote, one of the most effective ways to slow vehicles is to have many pedestrians crossing a street at many locations.""

1/14/2009 12:00am

Planned projects are risky to Carrboro community

TO THE EDITOR: There are two planned projects for Carrboro that endanger the residents of The Highlands a local residential neighborhood — Colleton Crossing and Carolina Commons. These two projects would add one thousand car trips per day to the area.

1/14/2009 12:00am

The new semester begins at a historic trying time

TO THE EDITOR: Hey Tar Heels! Welcome back! I hope everyone had a fantastic break. It is so great to see the campus bustling with life. We all have a lot to look forward to this semester from the first day of spring on the quad to better basketball games to come.

1/14/2009 12:00am

Commissioners can solve waste problem creatively

TO THE EDITOR: For years I have been receiving Orange County's annual ""Waste Matters"" newsletter from the county"" which had good ideas and creative thinking on waste management. I am distressed that only Commissioner Hemminger is courageous enough to be open-minded on the issue of waste disposal in Orange County.

1/14/2009 12:00am

South Road is the least of our infrastructure woes

TO THE EDITOR: As a student of the public infrastructure (currently working on a honor thesis on mass transit) so much more is at stake in terms of roads bridges potholes sidewalks light poles utility grids buildings parks and other public amenities than an 8-foot crosswalk that has been proposed on South Road a two-lane street.

12/2/2008 12:00am

By law" funds need to be handed out based on merit

TO THE EDITOR:The article ""Young Dems aim for power"" (Dec. 1) claims that a greater liberal presence could mean rejection of events sponsored by conservative groups."" Charlie Sellew" co-president of the Young Democrats" is quoted saying that Student Congress should ""not treat everything the same.""

12/1/2008 12:00am

Star of Bethlehem show does focus on religion

TO THE EDITOR:It is simply not true that the Morehead Planetarium's annual show on the Star of Bethlehem ""does not focus on religion" it focuses on science" as Karen Kornegay, the planetarium's marketing director, was quoted as saying in Librarians forgo holiday displays"" (Nov. 20). After finding that the Biblical ""chronicle"" (as the show calls it) cannot easily be explained by a comet" a meteor a nova an eclipse or a planetary conjunction" the show concludes that science cannot explain what the ""star"" was.

12/1/2008 12:00am

Cartoon unfairly mocked domestic automakers

TO THE EDITOR:I take issue with the editorial cartoon (Nov. 21) regarding the domestic automakers. Only a true cynic would have drawn a picture of the Chevy Volt and the Toyota Sequoia. The Chevy Volt is the only mass-production ready car that will handle 75 percent of America's commutes without even touching a drop of gas.

12/1/2008 12:00am

Young Democrats must run for the right reasons

TO THE EDITOR: While I was thrilled to see in Monday's DTH that more people will be running for Congress as a result of efforts by the Young Democrats (""Young Dems aim for power"" Dec. 1), I wanted to write and make sure that candidates are doing so for the right reasons.

12/1/2008 12:00am

Help lobby Congress and Obama to close WHINSEC

TO THE EDITOR:Last weekend I joined more than 20000 outraged but solemn citizens for a vigil at Fort Benning" Ga. We marched in remembrance of the Latin American civilians killed or made to ""disappear"" by graduates of the School of the Americas.

11/30/2008 12:00am

Resolution 19 on college access was unfairly tabled

TO THE EDITOR: We write with disappointment for the vote taken this past weekend in opposition to universal college access Resolution 19 at the Association of Student Governments. The Coalition for College Access began at UNC in the spring of 2008 to fight this exact form of dogmatic decision-making that has plagued our legislature for years.

11/30/2008 12:00am

DTH should have better covered wrestling match

TO THE EDITOR: As an avid Carolina wrestling fan I was extremely disappointed on Nov. 24 when I picked up a copy of the DTH and found that there were no results from the wrestling match this past weekend at Binghampton.

11/30/2008 12:00am

In modern" democratic times chivalry is irrelevant

TO THE EDITOR: Alex Lee sounded like Edmund Burke in his column (""Americans Need to Bring Back Chivalry" Nov. 23) lamenting the death of the stupid old idea of chivalry. Thomas Paine's apt response to Burke bears remembering here: it is good that the Quixotic age of chivalry nonsense is gone" out the window with the age of aristocracy"" on which it is founded.

11/30/2008 12:00am

Pay-by-the-hour tuition system isn't smart or fair

TO THE EDITOR: The General Administration's idea to change tuition payment at UNC-Chapel Hill to a by-hour system is against the spirit of this University. Tuition payment by credit hour is akin to a factory-style university education where students are churned out after having taken precisely enough hours to fulfill requirements and enter the workforce.

11/30/2008 12:00am

Article about American Indians had fact errors

TO THE EDITOR: I was pleasantly surprised Nov. 25 when there was an article about American Indians on the front page (""A steadfast few"" Nov. 25). Then I read the caption under the picture identifying dancers from the Stoney Creek tribe. Stoney Creek is not a North Carolina tribe. Stoney Creek is not an American Indian tribe at all. In fact, they are a drum group.