Proud of PTA Thrift Shop
In response to the news story, “Chapel Hill-Carrboro schools won’t get any PTA profits this year,” (CHN, Oct. 26) I want to express my opinion that the PTA Thrift Shop is a community jewel. We must not lose sight of their good work and how they’re pushing themselves to be more innovative in times that demand it.
I am a resident of Chapel Hill and am also a financial and in-kind donor to the PTA Thrift Shop. Having served the nonprofit sector for 35 years in staff, board, and volunteer capacities, I continue to be impressed with the PTA Thrift Shop’s bold thinking that will ensure its impact for decades to come.
The PTA Thrift Shop is a 65-year old organization, and over the past six and a half decades it has infused $9 million into our community. As a community, we cannot and should not expect our local nonprofits to remain static in their growth, vision and missions. Every nonprofit should and must revisit its programs and sustainability at key milestones. This nonprofit is doing just that, all the while remaining rooted in education and youth services. In light of the 2008 recession and the shifting needs of our community, the PTA Thrift Shop is securing its place in the 21st century by envisioning new ways to build capacity and longevity. This is to be commended.
We should applaud this organization for all it has done – and will continue to do – for our youngest residents. I am proud that the PTA Thrift Shop is a strong Orange County nonprofit, investing in itself in order to be a lasting, thriving organization for the benefit of the community it serves. It needs its community, and I sincerely hope that together we’ll be able to ride out this choppy wave.
A wicked and scary time
The Jewish temple in Atlanta was bombed in 1959 and badly damaged. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke in Atlanta. He spoke in Selma, Alabama. He was killed in Memphis, Tennessee.
And the “Hate Wolves” are out again with Nazi slogans.
My father, Col. B.A. Dickson, who was Gen Bradley’s chief of intelligence in Europe, helped liberate the death camps and brought horrible photos home. They made me, at 17, physically ill.
We don’t need any reminders of the Nazi era and its massacre of the Jews, Gypsies and other unwanted people.
Now we are are experiencing more burnings like that of the GOP headquarters and more Nazi slogans. I am sick to death of these reminders of another time, which for the most part, people today don’t know about. Those of us who lived through it and lost kin folks know it was a wicked time and a scary time. My father was wounded in North African fighting Rommel. He never really recovered.
The Nazi time was a cruel, desperate time. I hope it’s never repeated.
Smaller and safer
Thanks to our community for continuing the tradition of making Homegrown Halloween smaller, safer and more local.
About 25,000 people turned out on Franklin Street on Monday night. Franklin Street was closed to traffic at 8 p.m. and reopened at 11:30 p.m. after being cleaned by town crews.
Costumes and creativity showcase the best of this spontaneous crowd gathering that occurs each year on Franklin Street: www.townofchapelhill.org/halloween The Town of Chapel Hill manages the revelers that gather by involving hundreds of law enforcement and public safety personnel from a variety of jurisdictions; and providing for both advance preparation and clean-up of the downtown involving staff from the public works, parks and recreation and engineering departments.
The partnership of the Town of Chapel Hill, the Town of Carrboro, UNC, UNC student government, businesses downtown – and the community at large – continues to return the event back to a scale that has been more manageable.
If you have comments or feedback about Homegrown Halloween, reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org Your comments will be shared with the Chapel Hill Police Department, which manages the event, and its community partners.
Town of Chapel Hill
UNC should accept penalties
Regarding the news story “NCAA rejects UNC’s arguments about classes: (N&O, Oct. 26):
Top administrators at UNC are still trying to weasel out of having the university fully accept responsibility for the athletic and academic fraud that has plagued it for decades. The current crop of these highly overpaid academic bureaucrats now contends that the NCAA was remiss in not taking action against it earlier.
This is patently preposterous considering how the administration continually obfuscated details of the emerging scandal and dragged out releasing relevant information, sometimes for years.
Like me, at least hundreds of thousands of UNC alumni and supporters love the university. Overall, it’s a remarkable place, a national treasure. We want this sordid affair over. We also want the university administration to accept responsibility without interminable quibbling.
Furthermore, we want UNC representatives to accept without whining whatever punishment the NCAA deems appropriate.
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