Letters to the Editor: Equal pay, Wake basketball and work zones

Letters to the Editor: Equal pay, Wake basketball and work zones
April 06
10:00 2017

Listen to advice about teams, Wake coaches

To the Editor:

Wake Forest basketball and football coaches should wear a mask. They are robbing the university. Stevie Wonder can see the problem.

Your rim protectors are on the perimeter, running back and forth like the Keystone Cops, constantly out of position. If you, the coach, played your seven-footer under the basket, the outcome shoulda, woulda, coulda be different.

The football team is the opposite of the basketball team. Good defense, weak offense. You do not have the talent of the Tigers or Bama. Scrap the read offense. It only keeps your quarterbacks on IR; you have speedy.

Running backs and dual threat quarterback, play them together by installing the split tee offense.

In the words of my dear old mother, “Even a fool can sometimes give good advice.”

Alvin Little 


AAA reminds motorists to use caution through work zones 

To the Editor:

Today [April 3] marks the start of National Work Zone Awareness Week and AAA urges motorists to use caution and drive safely when approaching and driving through work zones as most people injured or killed in work zone crashes –approximately four out of every five – are drivers or passengers.

In 2016, 26 people (24 travelers and two workers) died in North Carolina work zones. Across North Carolina, there were 5,831 work zone crashes in 2016. Speeding and distracted driving accounted for more than 50 percent of all work zone crashes in the state. In South Carolina, there have been 55 work zone crashes already this year.

As the summer driving and peak road construction seasons approach, motorists in many parts of the country can expect increased levels of construction activity and may encounter greater numbers of work zone areas.

AAA offers the following work zone safety tips to motorists:

*Plan Ahead – Motorists are encouraged to check for planned work zone delays and traffic advisories and allot extra travel time prior to departing for their trip. Free to all travelers, the AAA TripTik Travel Planner online mapping tool, available at, provides motorists with the latest road construction and traffic congestion information so motorists can plan alternative travel routes to their destinations.

*Remain Alert – Motorists should obey the directions of any police officer, firefighter or road crew flagger and follow all posted work zone advisories and signage. Temporary work zone signs are orange and commonly diamond-shaped. As with any driving situation, minimize interior and exterior distractions. Construction zones may contain unusual vehicles or machinery that can divert a driver’s attention. Drivers should be prepared to stop, slow down, shift lanes and yield to the movement of construction workers and equipment. Motorists should not turn off their vehicles when stopped on the roadway unless they will be idling for a significant period of time.

Reduce Speed – For the safety of all drivers and construction workers, normal posted speed limits are often reduced in work zones. Most states double fines for speeding in work zones when workers are present. Motorists, while keeping consistent with the flow of traffic, should maintain a safe distance between vehicles ahead, traffic barriers, construction workers and equipment.

AAA Carolinas 


On Equal Pay Day, Adams calls for passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act

To the Editor:

It takes the average woman an additional 94 days – three additional months – to earn what her male peers earned in 2016. That is unacceptable. From the North Carolina House to the U.S. House, I have been fighting to close gender and wage gaps.

Fifty-four years have passed since we signed the Equal Pay Act into law, but today in North Carolina, women still only make 82 cents for every dollar a man makes – and nationally, that statistic is even worse.

When women are shortchanged, our children, families and economy are shortchanged.

Today [Tuesday, April 4], I am calling on my colleagues to join me in working to close gender and wage gaps by passing the Paycheck Fairness Act.

U.S. Rep. Alma S. Adams (NC-12)Washington, D.C.

Note: On Equal Pay Day, Tuesday, April 4, Adams, a member of the Joint Economic Committee, called for passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation she co-sponsored that would help close the gaps in pay for women and men working the same jobs. Equal Pay Day symbolizes when, more than three months into the year, women’s wages finally catch up to what men were paid in the previous year. 

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