Chapel Hill: Opinion

The conversation, Nov. 12: Dana Mochel, Donald Holloway, J.D. Rogers and Youmna Elkamhawy

Signs past their times

It’s time to take down the campaign signs.

It’s also time to take down the yard sale signs for last week or last month; last summer’s camp ads; sold signs on properties which sold months ago.

In other words: you put them up; when the purpose is served, take them down!

Dana Mochel


No special favors

Regarding the football scandal at UNC: It is obvious that the words of wisdom from pro football star and Yale graduate William Walter Heffelfinger are being ignored.

He believed that college football players did not need and should not get special favors, They should all be treated the same as all other students. He was against lowering academic standards for athletes. He told one sports writer that “football is nothing more than a great game and not deserving of the hysteria and wildness it often creates.”

But college football is often a stepping stone to a lucrative pro football career. And to this we can lay some blame on the newspaper editor David J. Berry.

Donald Holloway

Chapel Hill

Keeping out of mischief

Shortly after reading Ariana Magnum’s insightful column (”Young People and their Safety,” CHN,, I stumbled across a news piece in which it was reported that a group in Saudi Arabia is advocating that women with beautiful eyes be required to veil their eyes – “especially the tempting ones.” This got me to thinking, and I came up with a simple plan, as all older white males are apt to do, for regulating the behavior about which Ms. Magnum is so concerned.

Immediately, the towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro should enact laws requiring all young females to be covered from the bridge of their noses to their toenails, with their feet, of course, covered by plain, flat shoes. If a young woman is judged to have “tempting”eyes, she should be required to veil them.

Additionally, young women, until the age of 30, will be required to be safely ensconced indoors one hour before sun set. While in public, no smoking will be allowed and under no circumstances will they be allowed into local taverns, for we all know what happens when a young woman imbibes alcohol.

A couple of other things will simplify the lives of young women. First, let’s limit college majors to the practical. Teaching and nursing and the old stand-by, secretary. Secondly, just to keep them out of mischief, let’s revoke voting rights. After all, there are no issues about which they should be concerned. Now there must be punishment for any and all violations of these new laws. For this I also have a suggestion. They should be sentenced to listen to other foolish proposals until they get their collective heads straightened out. That ought to learn ’em to stay in their place.

J.D. Rogers


1 in 5 children

While many families in our community are struggling and 14.5 percent of Americans live in poverty, many in Congress are pushing costly new tax cuts for the wealthy while ignoring the needs of working families.

This latest data shows one in five American children live in poverty, but this summer the House of Representatives passed an expansion of the Child Tax Credit for upper-income families while removing this critical support for millions of low-income children and their families. This comes on top of proposals for nearly $600 billion in new tax breaks for corporations.

Meanwhile, improvements to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) for millions of low-income working families are set to expire. If this happens, 12 million Americans, including 7 million children, will fall into poverty or deeper into poverty.

I urge members of Congress to make ending poverty in the U.S. a central part of their platforms, and support specific policies that foster economic mobility by protecting and expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit for low-income working families. This latest data reminds us there is more to be done to end poverty in America, and it’s time those that represent us make it a priority.

Youmna Elkamhawy