The members of the Holocaust Speakers Bureau (HSB) read with interest Dr. John Wurzelmann’s column, “Gift of the Wooden Spoon,” published in the August 26 issue (CHN, nando.com/20z). Dr. Wurzelmann’s wrote about his father who survived the Holocaust.
Our organization’s mission is to bring such stories to our local schools and organizations. Our speakers have included survivors of Auschwitz, the kindertransport, hidden children and WWII liberators. We are currently looking for other individuals who are willing to tell their stories of survival, whether it is about the Holocaust or other genocides, as well as for “2Gs,” the second-generation narrators, such as Dr. Wurzelmann.
Please contact us if you know of people willing to share their histories with our area’s young people at 919-933-9089 or email@example.com or Holocaustspeakersbureau.org.
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Seek common ground on Iran
Now that the Iran deal is a virtual certainty, with 34 Democratic votes (“N&O “Obama Seals Iran Deal”), it is time to change the terms of debate in Congress. Rather than the Republicans voting in lock step against it as though they all thought exactly the same about it, let the debate between supporters and opponents be about how best to manage the new situation that is in the offing in the Middle East.
This deal represents new conditions on the ground. How best to secure the agreement? How best to emphasize the incentives that will encourage peaceful adherence? How to begin work on other issues in the region that will move it toward resolution of the rolling tragedies, foremost in Syria, but also the instabilities that are destroying lives and generations in Iraq, Palestine? How to rein in the rampages of Islamic State in its widening circle in the Middle East and Africa?
Surely the majority of Republicans and Democrats can find enough common ground based on our interests in peace and sheer humanitarian concern to begin the long road toward constructive politics. The American people deserve and will welcome it. The world needs our unified leadership. We have the strength, the wealth, and have shown we have the heart to do it.
Funny and insightful
I just wanted to thank Mary Carey for her insightful, funny, and compelling article on getting older (“Older, looser, wiser” CHN, http://nando.com/25f)
I could definitely relate, and really loved her writing, as well as her nuggets of wisdom.
Far too often, getting older is seen as a negative thing, when in fact there are many things to celebrate. Mary’s columndoes a wonderful job of showing the full picture!
Making a mess
Attention all real estate developers, come on down and turn Chapel Hill into Minneapolis, Atlanta, New Jersey.
Tear down the wonderful stores and services that once made Chapel Hill a nice place to live. Devastate the landscape; cut down trees and all the nice greenery that surrounds our town! Come and build truly ugly buildings and add to the suffocating glut of more traffic. More restaurants, mediocre food and make us all feel that we are living in a big, livid town.
And while you’re at it, end the place called the BP service station in Eastgate – where I have taken my cars to be serviced for many years. Expert people who took good care of many of us.
Make your fortune! And turn Chapel Hill, which was once a happy place to live, into a MESS of second-rate buildings of concrete.
Where have all the flowers gone? Whatever happened to old Chapel Hill, the pride of North Carolina? God Bless us all and Tiny Tim. And may all you developers get stuck in traffic for the rest of your lives and run out of gas to boot!
Ghost bikes; get used to it
Objections to “ghost” bikes are that they’re not appropriate in public places and that they’re distracting. Well, no one’s asking cities to remove grave headstones after so many days, and no one’s complaining about billboard distractions.
It seems reasonable that if cyclists have to get used to the prospect of being killed by motorists, then motorists need to get used to the inconvenience of seeing ghost bikes.