Re: Randy Voller
Bob Geary's article on Randy Voller [June 5] gave the appearance that many people are against Voller being the state Democratic chair. The opposite is true. Only a few short paragraphs cited positive support, and those were cast in short generalities rather than specifics.
The naysayers cited Randy as being arrogant. That is untrue. As mayor of Pittsboro, he was friendly and a good listener to everyone, regardless of which side of the political aisle they are on. His concern was to serve all the people, not just those of his own party. He knows everyone, paid attention to people's needs regarding town government and had a continuously positive rapport.
His opposition doesn't like that he tells the truth about the legislature destroying safeguards of the environment, or that he aims to take care of all the populace, not just the privileged few. The "anti" voices chose to deflect public attention by parsing words.
Most of the past 10 years, state Democratic chairs have been disorganized, haphazard in action and ineffective. Chatham County has been the exact opposite. We have been highly organized. In the last election, we had the highest voter turnout per capita in the whole state! Randy knows how we achieved that and plans to help other counties do the same. County Democrat chairpersons in 90 percent of N.C. counties are already clamoring for his help. They wouldn't be doing that if they didn't know he has the capacity to help them.
It is very clear that the furor against Randy is coming directly from people who know he can get Democrats organized in this state, and they do not want that!
Maryphyllis Horn, Pittsboro
Re: End of life
What an excellent week to be visiting with family in downtown Apex, where your INDY Week cover story caught my attention. Taking a peek at 70 years old, my partner and I often talk about exactly what Barry Yeoman so sensitively presented in "A good death" [June 12].
We agree with Sue Otterbourg's rational, considerate and self-compassionate plan to die with great communication, understanding and dignity—the same dignity Yeoman clearly describes as a life Otterbourg dedicated to her family and community.
Randy Lifshotz, Hendersonville