Thank you, Officer Webster
I would like to sincerely thank Officer Webster individually and the Carrboro Police Department collectively for their community spirit and thoughtfulness. My wife and I and our 15-month-old daughter were having lunch at Hickory Tavern on New Year’s Eve. A few of Carrboro’s finest were also dining there that day. Many of the officers spoke to us during the course of our meal.
As my wife tidied our table area (15 month olds can be messy) I took our daughter out to explore the area around Cameron’s and the hotel. Officer Webster was pulling out of the parking garage and saw us. He gave us a little light display from his patrol car which my daughter loved. He then got out of the car, went to his trunk and brought over to my daughter several “Junior Officer” sticker badges and a beautiful, cuddly teddy bear (which we of course named Webster!).
With all that police officers deal with on a daily basis, for them to take the time to make a 15-month-old’s day really shows their true character. Thank you!
Tim and Kelly Smith
I’ve been reading the tragedies of the classical Greek dramatists, Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, and the grim portrayal of the suffering of both victors and vanquished in Euripides,’ “The Trojan Women,” produces only despair as I consider the recurrent bloodletting in Israel.
Both Jews and Palestinians are trapped in a mindset of “revenge” that justifies atrocities and only supports a continued cycle of violence. Blood demands blood and the voices of moderation are drowned by the cries of its victims. No good can come from this trap of death. Israel, as the more powerful partner, has the obligation to interrupt the violence by compromise, by rejecting historic and contemporary actions that inflame passions and reduce the power of reason to impotence.
I fear that only doom awaits an Israel that refuses to recognize that its security as a minority nation in a Muslim region depends, ultimately, on achieving some agreement with the massive enemy population that surrounds it. We live in a nuclear world; in time, whether in our own generation or a future one, universal access to nuclear weaponry will be reality and civilization will hang by the thin thread of reason and restraint.
The lesson of history is that we can use our intelligence or reason to justify any action. When reason has the support of powerful emotions, expectations of success can lead us into the most unintended of dire consequences. Is Israel listening, is it reading the lessons of history, will it allow itself to be drawn further into a morass from which disaster is inevitable. Can it find the strength to stop the slaughter, to accept the necessity for genuine compromise? Can it shift the burden of responsibility to the current “weaker” partner and win not only a possible two-state peace but encouragement rather than animosity in the wider world.
George S. Baroff
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