Durham News: Opinion

July 25, 2014

Your letters, July 27

Too much of historic Durham has been lost to the invading Yankee hordes.

Restoration great

Re Penny Furniture restorer regrets (preservationally correct) Eno mural coverup (DN, bit.ly/Ummqga )

Too much of historic Durham has been lost to the invading Yankee hordes. It is great that the old Penny Furniture Building’s original circa-1910 (when it was occupied by Hall-Wynne Funeral Home) appearance was restored.

Dick Pickett

via Facebook

Sensitive reporting

Re Carolina Friends School in Durham confronts reports of decades-old sexual abuse (N&O, bit.ly/1kawnJR)

I commend the N&O and reporter Jane Stancill for this sensitive and balanced reportage on a most difficult topic that could easily have been sensationalized.

“Respecting all, despising none” beautifully encapsulates the profound sadness that I experience when reading accounts such as this of educators and mentors betraying the trust of our youth.

How could they have done that? The question may to some degree be answerable by psychologists, but ultimately it is unanswerable.

Eric Smith

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Desecration of Jewish values

Voice for Israel mourns the deaths of the young innocents, on both sides of the conflict, whose lives were tragically taken recently in Israel. Voice for Israel has as its mission “to advocate and educate for Israel.”

That said, we specifically need to express our deep revulsion at the heinous murder of the Palestinian teen, Mohammed Abu Khdeir. Murder because of group hate is contemptible. Rabbis Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center correctly called this “a desecration of Jewish values.” Thus, the immediate condemnation by all Jewish leaders is no surprise. All levels of Israeli society have reacted with horror at this loathsome act.

Fortunately, the suspected murderers were quickly apprehended and, if guilty, will be punished for their crimes. We look forward to the day when all parties to this tragic conflict will begin the soul-searching process of reconciliation. Though our words can bring no solace to both the Israeli and Palestinian bereaved, family and friends, our hearts still go out to them. We hope they can find some peace of mind in their future days, be it from their faith, from their own cherished loved ones or the knowledge that so many others share their grief.

Michael Ross

Chairman, Triangle Voice for Israel, Raleigh

Robert Gutman

Vice chairman, Triangle Voice for Israel, Durham

Not a woodpecker

In the Sunday, July 13, paper, I believe the picture in “Your Best Shot” is a Red Bellied Woodpecker female, and not a Flicker.

Kirk Doing


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