New Durham motto
I recall a time when Durham’s motto was City of Trees. Perhaps in addition to Duke Energy’s mission of supplying us with electricity, and polluting our drinking water, maybe they'd like to see us return to that old motto, with a few additions.
To our old City of Trees slogan, let’s try a few of these additions: Lopsided, butchered, V shaped, doomed, Trimmed without a proper City Master Permit, or NOT to ANSI standards, hacked, dead, ruined, ugly, dangerous, and gone.
You can probably add a few others. Now on the plus side ... our formerly lovely street trees can only hold half as many cankerworms as they did before!
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For girls with autism
Going for a strike, taking turns and meeting new friends makes for more than just bowling for participants in the May activity for My Circle of Girls (MyCoG).
Many people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have difficulty with reading social cues, like facial expressions, and understanding personal space. Additional challenges can include knowing how to communicate in social settings, like cheering others on during a sporting event. While typically a loud environment, which can be hard for individuals hypersensitive to sound, bowling can be the perfect setting for MyCoG participants to hone their social skills while having a good time with their peers.
Girls, ages 2-11, living with autism in the Triangle and beyond are invited to Strike Up Some Fun with MyCoG from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 30. Girls will be grouped by age to increase opportunities for relationship building with peers they are most likely to interact with in social settings such as school.
Participants must register by May 22 by emailing email@example.com. Details about the event will be given once the participant is registered.
My Circle of Girls is a social and service group offering activities to increase bonding opportunities between girls living with autism and enable their parents to connect and form a network of support for the small, yet growing community. The all-girls group, for ages 2-6 and 7-11, meets monthly for exciting activities in Durham and throughout the Triangle to celebrate the uniqueness of girls living with autism.
Easy to understand
Regarding the news article “Projections show $400M budget surplus” (N&O, nando.com/revprojections): So the state expects a $400 million tax surplus?
It’s easy to understand from where it came: through milking the poor, the sick and the elderly with the loss of their deductions. And, oh, yes, again there's likely to be another corporate tax break (same story).
It’s time the legislature remembered the people again.
Kenneth N. Caudell
I found the May 1 Point of View “72-hour delay bad medicine” (N&O, nando.com/19-) by Drs. David Grimes and Amy Bryant particularly informative, especially the information on reporting requirements.
To reiterate, abortion is not an “oops” form of birth control but an emotionally and measured decision between a woman and her doctor based on many factors.
To denigrate women by assuming they are not capable of making this decision, but need a bunch of men in positions of power to advise them, is ludicrous.
Imagine if men in order to get a prescription for Viagra were required to undergo vigorous questioning about their sex-, partners, venereal diseases and the always recurring “need to procreate.” An invasive cystoscopy to eliminate any medical need would appear to me to be reasonable.
Oh, and let’s make sure any findings don’t stay in their doctor's office but are reported to the Department of Health and Human Services.
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