Thankful for Durham
This is the time of year many of us reflect and give thanks. I’m thankful for a lot of things related to this place called Durham that we love. Here’s my list.
▪ I am grateful to live and work in a place that Expedia calls, “One of the 55 most breathtaking destinations in the world.” Durham’s beauty is in its authenticity as well as its people, who make it a beautiful place inside and out.
▪ I am thankful that Durham continues to make headlines. Durham was recently recognized as a “Destination on the Rise,” by Departures, one of the top ten cities for creative people by SmartAsset, and in the top ten best places for women entrepreneurs by Good Call. This kind of exposure confirms our efforts to get Durham “top of mind” is truly working.
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▪ I am thankful for the health-care practitioners and hospitals in Durham that have taken care of my friends and family this year. Durham was recently recognized among the top 10 cities with the most access to quality healthcare by Becker’s Hospital Review, and it is truly wonderful to not have to go far to get world class care for those you love.
▪ I am continually grateful for the high quality of life in Durham. I raised a daughter here (thank you Durham Public Schools), took advantage of many cultural opportunities, have enjoyed Durham’s world-class shopping and dining, and truly treasure living in a place consistently ranked one of the best places in the United States to live, work, and play.
▪ I am blessed to work with gifted peers and colleagues all over Durham in places such as local government, our great colleges and universities, civic clubs, wonderful cultural features and events, plus all the visitor sector businesses that make Durham a thriving community. It’s gratifying to live in a place where everyone seems to be working on the same team.
▪ And lastly, I am so thankful for my colleagues at DCVB whose accomplishments over the last year were amazing. They booked meetings and conventions in Durham, pitched a lot of media stories, produced incredible content for our publications and website, engaged visitors through digital and social channels, and counseled thousands of visitors on their plans to experience Durham.
A special shout out to the many members of our team who managed the relocation of our offices and Visitor Info Center earlier this year, a move that has triggered a 300 percent increase in foot traffic through our doors. It’s amazing to make a goal, see it come to fruition, and see how it impacts people’s lives.
President & CEO
Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau
Ignoring Trump’s travesties
J. Peder Zane’s column “Democrats may be incapable of taking the high road” (N&O, Nov. 23) strained logic and credulity even further than he usually does. The column distorts facts and lacks any editorial standards.
He highlighted election statistics while ignoring that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by over 2 million votes. He ascribed intolerance and divisiveness to Democrats and ignored the anti-Hispanic and anti-Islamic intolerance of his Republican Party. He ignored the “fake news” continually coming from Trump himself.
Trump’s bizarre statements about not paying taxes, fraudulent business practices, denying climate change science, hounding Hillary after the election, pervasive conflicts of interest and coziness with dictators such as Putin are ignored by Zane.
Then perversely he ended with “Let’s hope he (Trump) exceeds expectations. If he doesn’t, four years is not an eternity.” Even Zane apparently sees all the ignorance of Trump’s campaign and the price we Americans will pay for Trump’s empty/dangerous promises.
The most we can hope for is that Trump “conned” Zane and other right-wing true fanatics. He may listen to the wise council of knowledgeable people and not the crazy industry lobbyists he’s working with now.
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