Walk this way
Paige Zinn is right that Chapel Hill should foster an environment that encourages food vendors, adult beverages and fabulous bands (CHN, nando.com/n3).
But local leaders don’t need to travel to Greenville, S.C., for a lesson on how to do this. They can simply walk down the street – to Carrboro.
Let it flow
It was refreshing to see Jeff Hall’s piece describing his visit to the Clarke County Schools in Athens, Ga. We have a wonderful school district here in Chapel Hill, but any organization can benefit from seeing what is happening outside its walls.
A recent Facebook post that made the rounds, k12.niche.com, proclaimed CHCCS to have all 10 of the top 10 best elementary schools in North Carolina. It’s nice to receive such praise, but I worry that this kind of feedback could lead to complacency. In my profession, I regularly visit districts across the state where I see amazing school leadership and instructional practices that could be relevant to our schools here.
Occasional visits by CHCCS administrators and its constituents to outside districts would be a good way to ensure new ideas, methods, and best practices are continuously flowing into and out of the district. No one is sitting still in education, so there is constant opportunity for sharing with and learning from others.
Kudos to Jeff for getting out there and reporting back! Now let’s do it again.
After Sunday’s demonstration of supposedly football, I do not see how the administration can approve a Bowl Game for this team. Bowl games are supposed to be for a year-long effort. This team has not shown that they deserve this reward
Class of 1958
“The problem with America is money,” an Irish friend told me when I loved in Ireland. “Americans will do anything or money.”
The scandal about the African American classes shows how far a great university will go to make money. The Ph.D.s get $150,000, but the football coach will make $4 million because he generates money with sports. Something is definitely screwed up. The no-show classes which have gone for nearly 20 years prove that there are no holds barred when it comes to making money.
I am really disgusted with football and basketball. It is a dishonest and fraudulent way to making a winning team. Carolina is not the only university to have a scandal in its athletics department. It’s one of several schools. Another major one is Penn State.
I am saddened by this scandal because my husband’s family has served the university for several generations. My husband, his son, his father, his uncles and his grandfather have all graduated from UNC. My husband’s great uncle, Dr. Charles Mangum, was dean of the Medical School and his great grandfather was one of the 12 professors to reopen the university after the Civil War. This generational service is now degraded by this long standing scandal. I feel deeply saddened by the whole affair. I also feel cheated by those who wished to make a lot of money with the football team. My husband’s family legacy seems diminished by one else’s fraud.
I agree with my Irish friend, Americans will do anything for money even tarnish the reputation of a great University.
Warrior nation worries
I visited the offices of our Sens. Burr and Hagan in Washington as part of a delegation of N.C. Quakers. I asked for each senator’s support for continuing negotiations with Iran regarding its potential nuclear weapons without imposing further punitive sanctions.
This is a sensitive time in Iran. The Supreme Leader is very ill. Successor discussions are quietly ongoing; there is a short list containing relative moderates. Further sanctions will strengthen the hardliners who oppose compromise.
A breakdown in these negotiations would allow Iran to pursue uranium enrichment toward weapons-grade material and increase the chances of confrontation that would involve our country directly or indirectly.
We do not want more war. We are growing a generation of war. We are being seen as a warrior nation.
Both senators have shown concern for our returning vets and their families. Quaker House in Fayetteville has a small program to support spouses and children and sees the damage of the wars’ aftermath.
These talks are a rare chance to change the direction of history in the tangled tragedy of the Middle East, to begin to end our costly continuous wars and stem the damage in the lives of our veterans and their families.
Saving water is simple
Water conservation is worth more than just a lowered water bill. According to the N.C. Drought Management Advisory Council, 58 North Carolina counties, including Orange County, are currently under abnormally dry conditions. Overuse of water, especially during dry periods, can deplete groundwater resources and lead to further shortages.
But all is not lost for our water – there is a simple way to both reduce water consumption and to decrease runoff, which can carry pollutants into the water supply. Use a rain barrel.
Rain barrels provide a dual function, trapping water that would otherwise become runoff and using this water to irrigate plants. The water returns to the groundwater supply, helping replenish this resource, rather than becoming pollutant-carrying runoff. Instead of watering your garden with potable water that you must pay for, with a rain barrel, you use free water that runs off from your roof. Barrels can be made easily from old trash cans or other bins.
Even if you choose not to use a rain barrel, other measures can greatly diminish water use. Installing low-flush toilets can save anywhere from 1 to 3 gallons of water per flush, and low-flow showerheads and front-loading washing machines can similarly reduce water consumption. In a state prone to droughts and water contamination, conservation of water is a necessary and prudent measure for every household.
Simone Speizer, Jenny Liu, Lena Hu, Anne Carlestein, and Yifei Wang
East Chapel Hill High School
Peer Learning will sponsor a talk open to the public with Maija Harrington describing her family’s escape from the Soviets in post-war Finland at 11 a.m. in the Binkley Church lounge, 1712 Willow Drive, Chapel Hill, on Friday, December 12.
Maija came to the US from Finland in Jan 1949. Her father Olavi Alakulppi, a celebrated cross-country skier (World’s Champion 1939), received the Mannerheim Cross, Finland’s highest honor, for his role in the Winter War and Continuation War (WW II) vs. Russia. The family fled to the US because Olavi’s post-war activities, considered “anti-Soviet,” landed him in prison.
Maija grew up as a US Army brat, then received a BSN from Cornell University - New York Hospital School of Nursing, and master’s (MPH) and doctoral (DrPH) degrees from the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston. She spent her career as a nurse, pediatric nurse practitioner, and professor of nursing and public health.
After background on the Winter War and her father’s role in it and in post-war Finland, Maija will describe her father’s escape from prison and to the US, and her mother Eevi’s later escape to Sweden from the family home, which was surrounded by guards hoping to re-arrest Olavi. Eevi, with 2-year-old Maija and 6-year-old Vesa, walked 15-20 miles across country to Sweden. 919-942-3044, peerlearningofchapelhill.com.