What was and is needed
Regarding the news story “Acosta describes time in federal detention center” (DN, Sept. 4):
Along with many other things American compassion seems to have faded and gone on to another generation.
When children fleeing violence, threats, intimidation, from gangs, that were fed by our insatiable desire for illegal drugs, come to our door we turn them away.
This was an international crisis when unaccompanied minors fled the violence of countries like Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, countries that we had a hand in destabilizing during the Cold War and counter insurgent groups against socialist leaders in Central America. Remember the Contras? This is all the result of that. We take no responsibility for what we did to these countries.
When this crisis first broke it was seen as an immigration issue and not a humanitarian one. When Congress and the president took action it was very little.
What was needed and still is needed is assistance to Honduras and El Salvador in fighting the gangs that profit off the illegal drugs Americans consume. Helping these Central American countries control their violence would go a long way toward preventing minors from crossing the border to escape death, rape, and torture. Instead, we throw our money at enforcement and for profit detention companies that treat them cruelly.
An ounce of prevention is worth of pound of cure. Simply helping these countries that we helped to destroy would prevent further migration.
Don’t skip court dates
Regarding the news story “Acosta describes time in federal detention center” (DN, Sept. 4)
There does need to be an injection of compassion into this system that treats people fleeing oppression and violence, such as moderate living conditions instead of wormy food and no beds. But if you come here undocumented you need to go to the court dates, not skip them.
Durham Roots Market
On Saturday, Sept. 10, the Durham Roots Farmer’s Market will celebrate its Fall Kick Off with meat and produce from Durham County farmers and educational booths.
Starting in mid-April this year, Northgate Mall’s Gregson Entrance parking lot has been a beehive of activity every Saturday morning as Durham County farmers pull up in their trucks to unload vegetables, meats, cheeses, yogurt, kefir, flowers, herbs and trees for the Durham Roots Farmers Market. The Durham Roots Farmers Market is an independent nonprofit that arose from Durham County’s Farmland Preservation Board to provide economic opportunities to Durham County’s farmers with the express mission to preserve Durham County farmlands.
Our market is a small but growing one, restricted to Durham County agricultural producers but wide open and heartily welcoming to young, old, beginning and veteran farmers, as well as urban farmers and church and community gardens.
Confirmed vendors for the Kick-Off include with fresh meats (chicken, rabbit, pork, and beef) and eggs from Blue Whistler Farm and Bull City Farm; a variety of superb and award-winning goat cheeses from Prodigal Farm; produce and herbs from Jubilee Family Farm; and the most delicious-ever yogurt and kefir from Carolina Farmhouse Dairy. Plus, our newest vendor, Reality Ministries (whose mission is to create opportunities for teens and adults with and without developmental disabilities), will make their first-ever appearance at the market selling a variety of perennial plants for your fall plantings.
We’ll also have educational booths featuring cooking demos by Deborah McGiffen, Durham’s extension agent for Family and Consumer Sciences; Tilthy Rich, who will share information about creating healthy compost; and information from the Land Loss Prevention Project about preserving North Carolina’s farmland.
Join your neighbors and help us grow our Durham roots! There’s plenty of parking and delicious hot coffee!
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