I don’t think the name of the Durham County Memorial Stadium should be changed. It would be a dishonor to all the veterans for which it was originally named and has stood for all these many years.
I agree with Ms. Reckhow that other parts of the complex could be named after Mr. Bradshaw and Mr. Hunt. And I would welcome that , as they both have made many contributions in their own ways to the betterment of Durham county.
Like myself, I’m sure there are other veterans and families of veterans in Durham county that feel the same.
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Bikes are not speech
This is in response to the open letter on ghost bikes.
As far as these ghost bike memorials being “freedom of speech rights,” actually they are not. Speech is defined as spoken words. If the city allows these memorials then that opens the door to all sorts of objects of expression being allowed to be left on city property that not everyone wants to see. And if the city does continue to allow them then there should be an automatic time limit when they will be removed. This would be a fair compromise to the grievers and the public.
My husband was seriously injured when a driver failed to yield right-of-way while making a left turn. Yet while it was written into the police report the police did not issue a citation. So I am sensitive to these ongoing issues on a personal level. If drivers and cyclists, who are not always blameless, were more careful, courteous, and abide by the laws then vehicle-bicycle accidents, injuries, and deaths could be avoided. If that were the case we would not even be discussing this latest bike-related issue. And if the police would even-handedly cite people who break the law that would be great too.
Regarding the Aug. 3 news article “Complaints banish ‘ghost bikes’: I am a Durham native but lived 17 years in Florida. It, too, had issues of roadside memorials becoming “eyesores” to some people, and complaints were made. The state decided to make its own memorials so that every auto or pedestrian fatality was addressed in the same manner.
I have passed the ghost bicycle on Hillandale Road many times and have never thought it to be an eyesore. It’s a reminder to me to pay more attention as I drive and to say a prayer for the friends and family of the man who died at that site. I would love to see my home state also come up with a way to pay respect to the people whose lives are taken on our streets and highways.
Special interests win out
Regarding the July 23 editorial “A monument to big government” (N&O, July 23) : A recent law passed by the North Carolina legislature denies petition rights for residents to object to new developments that adversely affect their neighborhoods. This change benefits special interests (developers, contractors) at the expense of the community.
It also raises concerns about civil rights. A republic is founded on the principle that government rests on the consent of the governed. Local government is the place where citizens have the best opportunity to participates in that governance.
The petitioning issue is only one incidence where the majority party has interfered with community polity. Politicians who serve special interests rather than the public good do not merit either the respect or the support of the residents of North Carolina.
W. Burns Jones
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