The PC rhetoric
The article “Curbing violence called city’s ‘One Mission’ now” (DN www.newsobserver.com/news/local/community/durham-news/article53504460.html) left me with a few thoughts.
Durham officials and others need to drop the “politically correct” rhetoric and let law enforcement personnel do their jobs. The “conversations” about how many minorities are being incarcerated vs. the number of non minorities, “profiling,” etc. have nothing to do with the number of homicides and shootings in our city. Who cares about those statistics if you are looking at the big picture and how to solve the problems.
The issue for discussion should be about how to get the criminals off the streets without inserting politically correctness into the mix. This city needs to step up and work WITH the Durham Police Department, not against it.
Patricia C. Berzins
Stand up and cheer
Regarding “Wait, hold still, breath, build,” by Manju Rajendan (DN, http://nando.com/38k):
I am Maggie (the Durham Tech instructor mentioned in the article), and I had no idea that I had a student that could write an article, much less one that made me blush, made me want to stand up and cheer, and taught me a few, very relevant facts about our society.
Thank you for printing this, and other, helpful articles for our community,
C. Maggie Bowers
Litterers don’t care
On Dec. 26, to celebrate my wife's birthday, we drove to Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach for a day of dining and shopping.
I agree with the writer of the letter “Talking trash” (N&O, Jan. 5). We remarked several times how filthy the roadsides were during our trip.
I doubt an entry to a landfill could have been more littered. Sad that it is such a black eye for our beautiful state.
Sadder still that inconsiderate two-legged pigs feel no regard for their neighbors and North Carolina.
In December, four local chapters of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International presented $200 Beginning Educator Grants to 10 Durham Public Schools teachers. These grants support educators in their first, second or third year of teaching. Recipients use grants to enrich classroom instruction and resources.
This year, grants will promote student learning through leveled elementary readers for guided reading instruction, math and listening centers, clinometers and DNA model sets, themed graphic novels, a chicken incubation project, and equipment for teaching the sport of cricket. The 2015-16 recipients are:
▪ Michael Amerto, health and physical education teacher at Rogers Herr Middle School
▪ Lindsay Bringman, first-grade teacher at Sandy Ridge Elementary School
▪ Amanda Briscoe, biology and human anatomy teacher at Riverside High School
▪ Kristin Cudquest, mathematics teacher at Riverside High School
▪ Jennifer Dutton, 10th-grade English teacher at Riverside High School
▪ Catherine Given, ESL teacher at Neal Middle School
▪ Sparkle King, first-grade teacher at Bethesda Elementary School
▪ Saadia Owen, fourth-grade teacher at Bethesda Elementary School
▪ Artia Scott, fifth-grade math teacher at Holt Elementary Language Academy
▪ Nakesha Smith, kindergarten teacher at Oak Grove Elementary School
Delta Gamma Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma
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