Two Blackgum trees discussed their views
In Durham’s plaza where
A rumor of a skyscraper
Was drifting through the air.
One asked, What kind of careless plan
Has come up with this scheme
To shade us from our brother sun
Thus limiting his beam.
Were we not planted here to thrive
Far from our forest home
To give relief from city stress
And brighten up this zone?
Her sister tree agreed and said
It feels like arrogance
This human thrusting in the sky
With concrete, steel and glass.
Could Durham not prove different
Than Raleigh and the rest
Of adolescent urban towns
with towers so obsessed?
The former tree then sighed and said
We’ve seen it all before
These Babel building mortals want
A name for evermore.
A shiny crystal skyscraper
Will certainly entice
The Nimrods of investment to
Rebuild their Paradise,
Of ever flowing asphalt streams
And fields of parking deck
Mighty men in business suits
With bows of higher tech.
And then her sylvan sister said
One thing still troubles me
Our proud Tree City Flag unfurled
At Plaza CCB.
Will it not be eclipsed by their
And fail to rally energy
For our green consciousness?
A gentle breeze blew through the leaves
Of those fair Blackgum trees
And carried forth their ponderings
To those with sympathies ...
Durham Cinematheque will present Movies in the Park again this summer, and the first show is Friday, May 30.
This program is called “You Want to Get Married? REALLY??”
Some people in Durham are married to Durham, and some people are married to other people. Other people don't even want to flirt with the idea. This film program does not take a stand one way or the other, it just stands back and looks at the way things used to be. Archival films, old television commercials and other bits of cinematic flotsam and jetsam tell the story.
The show starts at 9 p.m. on the hill in Durham Central Park. Come early and picnic. Admission is free, and we pass the hat vigorously. Bring your own chair or blanket. Bad weather will postpone the show, but we do not expect that to happen.
The next show, “Around the World in 80 Minutes with Musical Interludes,” is Saturday, July 5.
Durham Cinematheque would like to thank Vaguely Reminiscent on Ninth Street for their loyal support of Movies in the Park.
Teacher contracts unfair
Re “Judge halts new state mandated teacher contracts in Guilford, Durham counties” (N&O, April 23)
This new law is completely unfair. It hurts teachers and public education.
As a parent of a teacher, I resent the General Assembly’s assumption that only 25 percent of teachers are “worthy” of extended contracts and raises. Teachers are not given career status, they earn that status.
This is another example of where the General Assembly has passed laws that hurt North Carolina’s ability to attract and retain highly effective teachers.
What tenure means
Any complainer about “liberal” judges, needs to investigate just what “tenure” means in terms of public school teachers.
It’s really just a fair hearing to ensure that “politics” is not involved in the decision to challenge a teacher’s abilities in the classroom.
So for an extra $10 per week, teachers are supposed to give up job security, while North Carolina pumps $4,200 per year (in lost tax revenue) into private schools per student?
I smell Republicans at play here ...
Give teachers raise, give parents choice
All teachers deserve a raise, not just 25 percent of teachers, since there has been no cost of living raise nor any incremental raise based on experience for teachers for years.
However, I am in favor of parents having choice and the ability to use some of their tax dollars to help fund alternative educational settings for their children.
Karen Elizabeth Hunt-Maddry