Regarding the news story “Tower, hotel filling in a resurging downtown” (DN, Aug. 10)
Where’s my tax give-back for putting up with the misery of this thing? The headline of this article has an inappropriately rah rah tone, and the line that it “may be stressful” should read: the project, with its noise, dirt, numerous street and sidewalk closures, is proving highly stressful to the people already making downtown a thriving place.
Kate Dobbs Ariail
Acosta will prevail
Note: U.S. Rep. G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) issued the following statement Saturday after receiving news that after more than six months in detention, Wildin Acosta of Durham was released from Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Georgia:
Today I join with the Durham Community, including Riverside High School teachers and students, elected officials, community organizers, and Wildin’s family and friends in celebrating Wildin’s release from detention.
Upon learning of Wildin’s apprehension in late January, my staff and I have worked tirelessly for his release and for his fair treatment within the Immigration Court system and asylum process. Wildin’s release means a lot to me and my office, but we were joined in this fight by so many others.
Now that Wildin is out of detention he will finally have the opportunity to present his case for asylum. Having his asylum request heard and properly considered is what I, along with the Durham community have been fighting to achieve over the past six months. I am confident that he will ultimately prevail in being granted asylum, and I am hopeful about Wildin’s future. I am happy that he will now be able to complete his high school education, earn the diploma that he was working so hard to obtain, and finally resume his journey to becoming an engineer.
From the hundreds of people in the community who donated money for Wildin’s bond, to the resolutions passed by Durham’s Board of Education, Human Relations Commission, and City Council, the support for Wildin has been unwavering. I am honored to represent Durham in Congress and vow to keep fighting every day for the well-being of each of my constituents.
Good start to end food deserts
The final state budget includes $250,000 to create a statewide Healthy Corner Store Initiative in North Carolina. I am thrilled that the state has provided funding for this important program and am grateful to the media for highlighting both the initiative and the problem of food insecurity in our state.
More than 1.5 million North Carolinians live in food deserts, and the initiative is a great first step in helping them gain access to healthy, affordable foods.
The Healthy Corner Store Initiative will connect local farmers with corner store owners to provide fresh, local produce to residents living in food deserts where there is no grocery store. The initiative is a triple win for our state, helping communities, corner store owners and farmers.
While $250,000 is a wonderful start, it is far from the $1 million in recurring funds needed to ensure the initiative can be implemented and sustained in every corner of the state. I hope the General Assembly will include full funding for the initiative in next year's budget, and that the media will continue to highlight the issue of healthy food access.
Morgan Wittman Gramann
NC Alliance for Health