A great affection
I want to thank Art Menius and the Chapel Hill News for the front page tribute to Jonathon Howes (CHN, nando.com/2an).
Jon’s tenure as mayor coincided with my years as chancellor, and we shared a great affection for the “Town and Gown.” We had a wonderful working relationship, and the Hardins and Howeses developed a great friendship.
Art is right on target with his description of “this great man.”
I met Mark Kleinschmidt 11 years ago, while working down the hall from him. I got to know the qualities that make him such a good lawyer. He takes every case seriously, researches issues involved, consults with others to decide on a plan, and works hard to follow through. Most importantly, he cares deeply for every client.
When Mark was elected mayor, he brought those same qualities to his new role. Chapel Hill is home for Mark, and he has a vision for how this town can be a vibrant community that is also part of the greater regional community. He cares not only for the community as a whole, but for each person who calls Chapel Hill home.
Much of the opposition against Mark this election seems to come from a small but vocal group that disagrees with some of the recent development decisions, such as Ephesus Fordham. I live near this project, and after attending information sessions, have come to see it as a positive step forward. As mayor, Mark's job is to hear input, consider all information, and make the best decision. I believe he has done so and hope we give him the chance to continue.
Robin Kirk must not be very familiar with the Rev. Pauli Murray’s genealogical line (“Selfies worth seeing,” DN, nando.com/2ak)
By “Mary Ruffin” she means Mary Ruffin Smith, the spinster aunt of Pauli’s grandmother Cornelia Smith Fitzgerald.
The story of Mary Smith and her lascivious brothers James and Frank, who fathered a total of four girls with Mary’s slave maid, is told in my new book, “Miss Mary’s Money,” available through McIntyre’s at Fearrington Village or Amazon.com.
Thank you for correcting history.
H. G. Jones
Challenge to Donald Trump
Donald: You threaten the safety and well being of our children by perpetuating myths about a connection between autism and vaccines, and encouraging parents to follow improper and medically dangerous vaccine schedules.
You insult our women based on the fact that not all of them are shallow, young, and vacuous like the women you prefer. You condone and even encourage calls for eliminating Muslims from our country.
You slander the very office you claim to aspire to, by falsely referring to our current President as a non-citizen and casting false doubts on his religious affiliation.
You insult, frighten, and attempt to marginalize both legal and illegal immigrants to our country by referring to them as criminals and rapists.
Have you no dignity? Have you no shame?
And where are all the other alleged candidates for the Republican nomination? Who among you has the courage to stand up and repudiate the Trump version of McCarthyism? Do you want to stand out from a crowded field?
If so, try acting like someone who wants to bring people together across demographic lines, rather than working to sow fear, loathing, and mistrust.
When reading the article “Chapel Hill bars cited for alcohol violations” I assumed that He’s Not Here and La Residence were a part of the prime cause of Chandler Kania’s accident.
Kania made his own conscious decision to allegedly drink underage and use a false ID to drink in these bars. Yes, the beverages Kania may have consumed in the bars contributed to his impairment, but before he arrived at the bars he was possibly already intoxicated and under the influence. If Kania did not go to He’s Not Here and La Rez, we cannot determine if the accident would not have occurred considering his previous actions.
However, I believe it is key for He’s Not Here and La Residence to undergo training to be able to identify false IDs when entering the bar. This could be beneficial for their businesses, since they are located in a college town and are very popular. Doing this would reduce the risk of having their liquor license taken or suspended, just like they are facing now. It is terrible what has happened to the families affected by the accident. and my thoughts will remain with them.
Transit dollars should serve region
I am writing in response to the guest column from the Sept 20 Durham News (“State cap opens door for true regional transit,” nando.com/2ai). I am and remain a strong supporter of mass transit and attempt to venture using the regional bus periodically from my South Durham to downtown Raleigh commute. I long for the day when a vibrant regional transit system exists so that I had daily options that proved worthy of a commute.
Right now the time and effort to take the bus to Raleigh daily takes too long and is unreasonable forcing me to continue with driving. I was very disappointed to learn of the lack of state support for the proposed light rail system but do agree with the point of view that efforts and costs should be directed toward a regional system and not the narrow benefits of a rail system just between Durham and Chapel Hill. When I learned that plans for this light rail effort were not going to address the Raleigh-Durham-RTP demand I wondered why the obvious was not being addressed.
I remain seriously concerned about the politicization of light rail by this current legislation (I can’t help but wonder accordingly given the highly democratic areas of Durham and Chapel Hill), but the need for major funding and efforts for the RDU region as expressed by the columnists is warranted and should now be seized upon given the recent funding setback.
The best we can do?
According to the N&O, one in every four children in North Carolina lives below the poverty line. School lunches and breakfasts and summer meals are increasingly important sources of food for them, and 58 percent of North Carolina’s public school children qualify for a free or reduced lunch. Providing food for them is one short-term solution, but I challenge any member of the N.C. General Assembly to look me in the eye, or the eye of any one of these hungry children, or go to their church, put their hand on the Bible, look up at the altar, and say “This is the best we can do for the children of the citizens of this state.”
For the birds
McDonald's pledge last week to start using cage-free eggs is only a small step in preventing staggering suffering endured by millions of birds.
Hatcheries that annually supply 200 million female hens for U.S. egg production, including cage-free, also kill the same number of male chicks at birth by grinding them up alive in industrial macerators or suffocating them slowly in plastic garbage bags. The female laying hens endure a lifetime of misery, crammed with 5-6 others, in small wire-mesh cages that cut into their feet and tear out their feathers.
Eggs are common carriers of food-borne bacteria, including Salmonella, Campylobacter. Listeria, and Staphylococcus. USDA estimates that Salmonella alone accounts for 1.3 million U.S. illnesses and 500 deaths annually.
Eggs contain saturated fat and cholesterol, key factors in incidence of heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes. They are a common cause of allergies in children.
Waste from millions of egg-laying hens ends up in waterways, rendering vast areas unsuited for recreation or water supply.
The good news for compassionate, health-conscious, eco-friendly consumers is that our local supermarket offers a number of delicious egg substitutes and egg-free food products. Entering "egg-free" in a search engine returns tons of recipes.
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