Chapel Hill: Opinion

What you’re saying: Eleanor Winborne Murray, Kearns Davis, Richard McDonald and Amy Glaser

When a teenager knocks

I read this on Facebook and thought it worthy of being shared with our community.

When a teenager knocks on your door to trick or treat, please be kind and treat them the same way you treat the little kids. Please remember that there is a lot of mischief they could be getting into but, instead, are spending the evening in the spirit of Halloween.

This parent of a teenager thanks you!

Eleanor Winborne Murray

Chapel Hill

Civility and respect, please

This election season, voters are seeing the continuation of a recent pattern of negative campaign advertising targeting North Carolina judges. As an organization dedicated to serving the public and the legal profession, the N.C. Bar Association supports and defends the right to free speech guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and the North Carolina Constitution, particularly in the context of political campaigns. Advertising or commentary that unfairly attacks or maligns the character of those seeking elective office based on performance of their judicial duties, however, threatens the public trust on which our courts depend.

Justices and judges execute their duties according to the rule of law under strict codes of ethics and professionalism. Our democracy rests on the system of justice they serve. Even as we disagree about particular issues and decisions, it is imperative that we as citizens approach the process and the candidates with civility and respect.

Kearns Davis

The writer is the president of the N.C. Bar Association.

Dangerous dogs

Regarding the column “The Pit & the prejudice” (CHN, Oct. 23):

Social blather doesn’t erase the fact that pitbulls DO attack humans more than any other breed.

Thirty-four U.S. dog bite-related fatalities occurred in 2015. Despite being regulated in military housing areas and over 700 U.S. cities, pit bulls contributed to 82 percent (28) of these deaths. Pit bulls make up about 6.6 percent of the total U.S. dog population.

Ignoring social issues due to racial sensitivity is equally stupid.

Jeffrey Dail


Bred for fighting

Regarding the column “The Pit & the prejudice” (CHN, Oct. 23):

Articles such as this pose pits as appropriate family pets. Pit bulls were bred originally in England about two centuries ago. Purpose for their breeding? To “create” a breed that would be “game” for the dog fighting pits for blood sport with gambling. I am not at all impressed with those who would endanger the lives and/or limbs of people, pets and livestock animals by recommending that pits are “just like other dogs.”

Mary Ann Redfern


More important message

Regarding the column “The pit & the prejudice” (TDN, Oct. 23):

The message of examining our stereotypes and biases is obviously the more important message in the column.

Thank you, Anita Woodley, for challenging us all to be better.

Matt Gladdek


Keep track at Fetzer

I am struck by the longstanding traditions at UNC. The Old Well, the first public university, the Bell Tower, and Fetzer Field are landmarks. Picture at the turn of the century a football stadium and a track; this was the role of Fetzer Field. Physical achievement had a welcomed place on an academic campus. The Greeks would have loved the balance between academics and athletics.

Track has always been important because it stresses personal achievement, fits an event to one’s own talents, and it allows participation and diversity.

Well, Fetzer Field is the very place where the UNC athletic world is being challenged because there is a disgusting movement to move the track out to the Finley complex. Why? Because the powers of soccer, lacrosse and ESPN dollars think that is more relevant than sound traditions. Didn’t John Swofford pour thousands of dollars into resurfacing the track long before its importance was replaced by a 0-0 European game. Now let’s remove the track so that the fans can get closer to the soccer and lacrosse competition. How much money will we spend? Go see how Matthew destroyed the Finley complex because that may happen to the track built there.

I often hear how certain sports are not respected, but it is a two-way street. Please respect the sport of track. What is next for soccer and lacrosse? Maybe their big money donors will ask to take over Kenan stadium, Please keep the track at Fetzer field.

Richard McDonald

Chapel Hill

Library plan too luxurious

Regarding the news story “Plan for renovated Library: Bigger, better, lots of glass” (TDN, Oct. 16)

Every city has its must haves and would be nice to haves. While people balked and protested the new Durham police headquarters which is a necessity, I hope they will do the same in response to the cost of the proposed new Main Library estimated at over $44 million!

Agreed, the Main Library needs to be updated but its design calls for way too much in the way of luxuries (Ex: retractable seats in the auditorium; a store; a cafe; areas for gaming, music, and video production; a rooftop terrace and that “lots of glass”).

Keep in mind too Durham's ability to stay on time and within budget as we think back to the American Tobacco Trail bridge over I-40 which was years and millions of dollars over the original estimate.

I say vote NO to yet more squandered money and the assured higher taxes to come, of which Durham already pays more than our neighboring Orange or Wake counties. Also realize that Durham is asking you to approve FOUR bonds including the questionable museum dond as well. That is going to be alot of debt to service and higher taxes for some things that really are just for show and bragging rights.

Michele Makrucki


Help LGBTQ+ kids

On Sunday, Nov. 6, Insideout will host its Adult Ally Appreciation Brunch for allies of LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) youth in North Carolina.

The event will take place from noon to 3 p.m. at 111 W. Parrish St. in Durham. Brunch will feature vegetarian-friendly food, a queer youth art auction, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, including a teachers’ drink special, and local live music by Makin’ Ends Meet and Magnolia Still. Food will be provided by Elmo’s, The Bagel Bar, The Durham Coop Market and Joe Van Gogh.

The Adult Ally Brunch is an opportunity to celebrate the adults who make Insideout’s programming possible and to raise money for weekly events like Queer Prom, camping trips, leadership training, campaigns and educational workshops. Insideout is a youth-run organization – all programming is created by and for young people – but we depend 100 percent on donations.

In the wake of so much bigotry, including HB2, young LGBTQ+ North Carolinans need more support from their adult allies than ever, so anyone who is passionate about making North Carolina a safer place for youth is encouraged to attend.

Amy Glaser


Election letters deadline

The deadline for letters about the elections and bond referendums has passed. We will try to get as many late letters in print as time and space permits before Nov. 8.