‘Our 3 Winners’
Editor’s note: The town of Chapel Hill released this message from mayor Pam Hemminger on Monday:
This week, members of the Chapel Hill, UNC, N.C. State and Duke communities join together to honor the lives of three extraordinary individuals: Deah Bakarat, Yusor Abu-Salha and Razan Abu-Salha. Through their hard work, service to community and strong faith, they taught us the importance of striving for unity, fostering resilience for good, and treating one another with dignity and respect.
Fittingly, these core values – Unity, Resilience and Dignity – are at the heart of events planned, as their families, friends and our larger community keep their legacy alive through our commitment to continued dialogue and community service to ensure that Chapel Hill is truly “A Place for Everyone.”
Wednesday, Feb. 10: “Our Three Winners Memorial: A Day of Light” will be held at N.C. State’s Stafford Commons at 6 p.m. The memorial will include a call to prayer, guest speakers and a candlelight remembrance.
Wednesday, Feb. 10: The UNC School of Dentistry will hold an event at 1:15 p.m. in the Atrium of the Koury Oral Health Sciences Building. The event will include remarks from Mayor Pam Hemminger, Chancellor Carol Folt, UNC School of Dentistry Dean Jane Weintraub and Dental Student Body President Kaushal Gandhi. It will be available via live stream on www.UNC.edu.
Through Wednesday, Feb. 10: Organized by the School of Dentistry student government, canned goods are being collected under the media podium in the Koury Oral Health Sciences Atrium. These will be donated to the Urban Ministries of Durham and the United Way.
Thursday, Feb. 11: At N.C. State’s Stewart Theatre in Talley Student Union, alumnus Mohammad Moussa will perform “Shattered Glass,” a 45-minute performance that will blend poetry, images and video in a tribute to Deah, Yusor and Razan. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 12: Local attorneys and community organizers will discuss updates on the criminal trial for the Chapel Hill shootings and provide information on what individuals should do when they believe they have been victims of religious discrimination or hate crimes. This session will be held from 6:30 to 8 pm. at the Duke Law School, room 3041.
Ongoing: Muslim Inclusion Group: Recognizing the importance of ongoing dialogue, a diverse group of civic and community leaders, residents and students meets regularly to discuss ways to welcome and support the Muslim community.
To learn more about Chapel Hill’s Muslim Inclusion concerns and efforts, please visit www.townofchapelhill.org/muslim-neighbors.
The Twitter hashtag for this remembrance is #ForwardWithFaith.
Submit questions for PTA forum
School funding for Chapel Hill/Carrboro schools sadly continues to be an annual hot issue. Parents must advocate before the Orange County Commissioners for their budget concerns, and this year will likely be no different. To aid the community in understanding where this year's candidates for commissioner stand on a variety of issues, including schools, the Chapel Hill/Carrboro PTA Council will hold a forum for the District 1 and at-large candidates on Feb. 24 – and we need your input!
Community members may submit questions for the forum at http://goo.gl/forms/wjFE378T9b by Feb. 12; the PTA Council will draw from these submissions in selecting the questions for the evening. Additionally, audience members may submit written questions during the forum. We encourage thoughtful, pointed questions that will help voters understand exactly where candidates stand.
The forum, moderated by Delores Bailey, executive director of EmPowerment, Inc., will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the council chambers of the Chapel Hill Town Hall, broadcast on Chapel Hill’s Gov-TV, and posted online through a link at http://chccsptacouncil.blogspot.com/.
The PTA Council consists of representatives of each school’s PTA, bringing the PTAs together to share ideas and advocate with all levels of government for the good of all students.
Thanks for helping us make this a great, informative forum!
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools
The Cam Newton story
I loved watching the Carolina Panthers play this year, and I loved watching the artistry that is Cam Newton’s football prowess. He also had FUN.
People may look at it, and see it as showboating or arrogant. I saw a guy just enjoying himself. Giving out footballs to kids (No, it was not his original idea, but he took to it right away), revving the crowd up with his sense of humor and when asked he said, “I just want to look back some day and know I had fun.”
I believed he did. I can usually pick out a showboater from a mile away, and I didn’t sense that with him. But I did sense something else Sunday night.
I was embarrassed for our state at Cam’s reaction to losing. Now, I have never played football (professionally). I played with my brothers and neighbors in the front yard (Hey, my older brother was TOUGH on us .... he came to PLAY.) I imagine he was beyond frustrated at going against am amazing Bronco’s defense.
I imagine he went in, with the Most Valuable Award tucked in his locker, thinking it’d be a good game, but they had it. Even with all that, I am appalled at his behavior at a couple of points during the game and at the press conference afterward. He is better than that. And I hope he apologizes, especially to all those kids who look up to him. He’s young. He’s allowed to make mistakes. We all do. But OWN them.
So, use this as a good opportunity, especially, if you are a Panther parent, to explain that even the best ones can show bad sportsmanship and bad behavior. You can be disappointed, upset, angry, embarrassed, but you don’t show it in front of the crowd, especially the kids. Go in the locker room and rant and rave. Be upset. That’s normal. But don’t pout at a National Press Conference, where I was hoping, we would see him step up.
This is a learning moment for all. And I hope Cam realizes he CAN get his respect back. But first, he needs to own what he did. We all do at times. Football “gods” (and I use that word, tongue in cheek) are no exception.
Marcoplos for commissioner
I am supporting Mark Marcoplos for the At-Large County Commissioner seat in the upcoming election. Mark has lived in and been involved in Orange County for over 40 years. He has lived in Carrboro, Chapel Hill and for the last 25 years in Bingham Township in rural Orange with his wife and children. His children have attended both public school systems.
Mark has extensive experience in Orange County government. He has served on the County Planning Board, the Economic Development Commission, the Orange County Housing Authority and the Orange Water and Sewer Authority where he was elected chair twice. While serving on the OWASA Board he helped negotiate an agreement with UNC for them to use partially treated wastewater for field irrigation and cooling in their chilling plants which currently saves residents about 600,000 gallons of water per day and reduces our vulnerability to droughts.
Mark knows how to work with people to get things done. Mark was instrumental in the school system’s being the first in the state to build energy-efficient, daylit schools which saves hundreds of thousands of dollars for the taxpayers as well as improving the performance of students. Mark is a founder of the Living Wage Project that has benefitted many workers in our community through agreements with over sixty businesses and the Chapel-Hill Carrboro Schools and the towns of Carrboro and Chapel Hill.
The largest part of the county budget is education. That is Mark’s top priority. He also will work to balance all the county’s needs, law enforcement, social services solid waste, transportation, libraries, and green spaces.
Mark has creative ideas to make our county the best place it can be through economic development for farmers and businesses to build a viable tax base that doesn’t burden homeowners while protecting the environment and the quality of life. Mark is a man with Orange County experience and vision for our future.
Editor’s note: Letters by and about candidates in the March 15 election must be received by Friday, Feb. 26. Thank you.
What would Jesus eat?
This Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, the 40-day period before Easter, when many Christians abstain from animal foods in remembrance of Jesus’ 40 days of fasting in the desert before launching his ministry.
But meat-free Lent is much more than a symbol of religious devotion to Christ. It helps reduce the risk of chronic disease, environmental degradation, and animal abuse. Dozens of medical reports have linked consumption of animal products with elevated risk of heart failure, stroke, cancer, and other killer diseases.
A 2007 U.N. report named meat production as the largest source of greenhouse gases and water pollution. Undercover investigations have documented farm animals being beaten, caged, crowded, deprived, mutilated, and shocked.
Lent offers a superb opportunity to honor Christ’s powerful message of compassion and love by adopting a meat-free diet for Lent and beyond. After all, it’s the diet mandated in Genesis I-29 and observed in the Garden of Eden.
Our supermarket offers a rich array of plant-based meat and dairy alternatives, as well as the more traditional vegetables, fruits, and grains. Entering “vegan recipes” in our favorite search engine offers more products, recipes, and transition tips than we can use.