Major thanks are in order for the staff of the Chapel Hill Community Center for their gracious hospitality to us swimmers during the repair of the Homestead Aquatics center.
In particular, I am extremely grateful to the additional hours the center opened for all of us extra swimmers, especially the insomniacs among us (like me) who appeared every morning at 5 a.m., bleary-eyed, like an aquatics version of “Night of the Living Dead,” drifting in from the parking lot waving our ID cards.
We are lucky in many ways, not least to have extra swimming pools to use in just such situations, but as well in having such kind people welcoming us into their facility. To all of you, thanks.
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Maureen Dolan Rosen
Suggestions for Spicer
Quite frequently, inappropriate, inaccurate and careless comments are made about Hitler’s National Socialism. During al news conference, White House press secretary Sean Spicer suggested that “Hitler didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons” and did not “use gas on his own people” as Syria’s president Bashar Assad allegedly is using against the Syrian people. Immediately Mr. Spicer was pressured into apologizing for having made this foolish and insensitive comparison. “A mistake like this is inexcusable and reprehensible,” he admitted.
How could the president’s press secretary be indifferent to or ignorant of the former Nazi death camps such as Belcec, Sobibor, Treblinka, Chelmno and Auschwitz? I suggest that he consult any of the hundreds of Holocaust-related books available on the history of the persecution, deportation, ghettoization and eventual murder of some 6 million European Jews. Mr. Spicer might also visit the former death camp of Auschwitz or a former concentration camp such as Buchenwald, Mauthausen, Sachsenhausen, or Ravensbrűck.
Mr. Spicer claimed that Hitler did not “use gas on his own people?” Really? It is estimated that between 1940 and 1944 nearly 165,000 of Germany’s Jews had been murdered, mostly by gas. Moreover, at least 72,000 physically handicapped patients, were murdered with chemical weapons (carbon monoxide) after January of 1940. Most of these early victims were German citizens. With Hitler’s written approval six major euthanasia sites were established at Bernburg, Brandenburg, Hadamar, Sonnenstein (near Dresden), Grafeneck and Hartheim (Austria). Today most of these killing centers have informative memorials that can be viewed. Unfortunately, the killing of these defenseless and disabled human beings is still not well known. These victims, like the millions of Jews and about half-million Roma, also became innocent victims of chemical weapons that never should be used again, anywhere.
Hans M. Wuerth
A Sentimental Journey
The Cedars Singers, a new mixed choral ensemble of twenty-one voices, presented a concert of 1940s and ’50s favorites on April 19. The group was directed by Davis Bingham, with piano accompaniment by Joy Douglass and percussion by Louis Taff. All performers were members of The Cedars of Chapel Hill.
Mr. Bingham received his Ph.D. in music from Vanderbilt University. He has been a choral director in churches and universities for many years. He has held choral directorships and taught voice at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, the University of South Carolina, and Vanderbilt.
Ms. Douglas earned her Ph.D. in music education from the University of Michigan. She has been a public school music teacher at various schools, including Estes Hills Elementary in Chapel Hill.
Mr. Taff received his Ph.D. in physics from Ohio State University.
The group presented a number of unforgettable songs, such as “Getting to Know You,” “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “Sentimental Journey,” “Swinging on a Star,” “Accentuate the Positive,” “We Kiss in a Shadow,” “Moon River” and “Sixteen Candles.”
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