Give police tools they need
The community and student activists who expressed their First Amendment right of free speech to protest the expenditure of $80.9 million for Durham’s new police and emergency communications building March 14 need a lesson on the role of local government.
While new schools, affordable housing, eliminating hunger and homelessness and a livable wage are noble and worthy goals, the role of government at the municipal level is to provide facilities and services that help keep residents safe (police and fire), promote health (garbage collection), provide for safe travel (roads and sidewalks) and encourage vibrant economic activity.
The first priority of our City Council as well as our local government should be helping to ensure that the endless string of shootings – including murders of innocent adults and children that have been well publicized – is ended by giving law enforcement the necessary facilities in which to work. The second priority is to encourage development of commercial enterprises which provide jobs and attract more visitors downtown.
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It is appropriate for civic and community organizations as well as churches, mosques and synagogues to handle the important work of helping the homeless and making sure no person goes hungry. There are organizations including Meals on Wheels of Durham, the Urban Ministries Center and the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina who do this work well. This is also work for many volunteers in Durham. My wife and I volunteer for the Central Carolina Chapter of the American Red Cross and contribute monthly to Meals of Wheels, Feeding America and Mazon, A Jewish Response to Hunger.
Staging a 90-minute protest in front of the current police headquarters on busy West Chapel Hill Street is disruptive, even if peaceful because it inconveniences the general public.
Mark G. Rodin
Prayers to Kyla
The article on the drag queens visiting Kyla Rose Robbins at Duke Hospital brought tears to my eyes. Thank you to all who show kindness to others. Continuing prayers to Kyla and all who love her.
Beverly Berry Kerr
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