Our better nature
I applaud the voice of Pastor Mindy Douglas and her church (CHN, bit.ly/20wT0fE). She spoke of the importance of inclusion and openness in our community and nation.
The voices of exclusion and aggression ring loudly, fostering fear of “the Other,” those with different ethnic, religious, or class backgrounds than themselves. Instead of appealing to the best in Americans, and there is much that is good, these voices bring out the worst. Some of these would-be leaders of government, both national and state, trawl the lowest levels of our past, the shameful persecutions of non-Puritans, Catholics, Native Americans, African Americans, Chinese, Irish, Italians, Jews, Germans, Japanese, Hispanics, Muslims, atheists, people with the “wrong” political or social views, gays, people with disabilities, the homeless, ex-prisoners. We all know that I could extend this list.
In other words, we as a nation have managed to demonize almost every kind of person who make up what we are, and without whom we would not be the country that we could be proud of. Every one of us contains some aspect of the people who were or are condemned to exclusion and discrimination.
Those of us who yearn to have an America that actively strives toward our better nature, a place of opportunity to the able, a support for those of us who need a comforting hand, a land that is learning that dialogue, not violence is the answer to our problems—we need to be more vocal to overcome the din of malice.
Snow removal must improve
I live in the rural buffer, but my daughter attends Chapel Hill-Carrboro schools, and I teach at UNC.
Given the forecasts by scientists that the Southeast will now encounter more rain (beyond just this year’s El Niño), it is time for the town to face reality: We are going to see more ice/snow events like last week. We are capable of doing way better in terms of removal, and it is up to the town and the town’s major players (the university especially) to set the tone. There is plenty more we can all do.
As an advocate for the disabled, the poor example set by the town is especially disappointing. I know there were many crews out there working (including county crews for my neighborhood), but there aren’t enough, and they start their work too late in the process to be effective. Snow removal means crews waiting by the side of the road as the snow begins – not after all the snowfall has ended.
You have too many transplants in this town, many of who pay a large share of taxes, to ignore this issue.
It is a safety issue. It is an economic issue. It is a disability issue. It is an education issue. (In towns in the North and the Midwest, it is a re-election issue.)
It is now your issue. We can do better.
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From Rob Morse’s letter published January 27: “80 percent of U.S. homicides are from drug gangs.” No source is given for this statistic. A one minute Google search finds that it is completely inaccurate.
Evan DeFilippis wrote an article published in the Huffington Post on April 3, 2014, and updated on June 3, 2014, discrediting this widely circulated false claim. He cites data from government agencies such as the National Gang Center, the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the Federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and the CDC.
“There were 1,824 gang-related killings in 2011. This total includes deaths by means other than a gun.”
“In comparison, there were 11,101 homicides and 19,766 suicides committed with firearms in 2011.”
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. No one is entitled to their own facts.
The Chapel Hill News does a grave disservice to the community to print this kind of misinformation without doing basic fact checking. Where is the journalistic standard to clarify what is an opinion and what is a fact?
Save Legion property
Regarding our story on Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger’s talk to the Friends of Downtown (CHN, nando.com/3fu)
Scott Madry: Kudos to our new mayor for doing this. I still don’t think it is too late to save the American Legion property. If we can put our collective minds together we can do this. The last think we need is another huge high-end apartment complex.
Samuel Magill: The American Legion property is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to keep Chapel Hill Green and provide citizens with a walking park. When we need money, we should borrow and figure out how to amortize the loan. The Town Council should reject the request for rezoning and urge the Legion to rethink the price.
Life is precious
My husband and I had five children, four girls and one boy. We didn’t plan it that way, and a second boy would have been nice. But it didn’t happen. My son, Bill, claimed God got the order mixed up for the second boy.
There was no abortion in those days. It was take what you were given and be happy. Girls were careful, and there were no pills. Life was precious especially after World War II when so many young men were killed in Europe on both sides. Life was valued and held dear.
When our final girl was born she was welcomed and cherished. The family was complete
When you think of the babies that have been killed and what they might have become. Another Einstein, or great doctor, an inventor. To have a child out of wedlock is inconvenient. Yet the potential for some great humanitarians is lost. The chance of a special life is gone.
I know a girl who had a baby in college and the joy the child has brought that family is endless. Now the mother is working and the child is kept by the grandmother. The grandmother told me that she felt the child was precious and she wanted to take care of her family. You have to consider the child and what a blessing it can be.
Hauser for commissioner
Who cares about what happens in Orange County? After all, aren’t most of us transplants and tend to focus on national politics? That’s my story even though I have been an Orange County citizen since 1988.
That changed when I met Bonnie Hauser. Even though Bonnie was herself a transplant, she jumped immediately into caring about the people of Orange County. She taught me the importance of keeping up with the good, the bad and the ugly about events and issues that impact all of us. If she thinks I can help, she’ll ask – making me feel more like I’m part of the community.
I met Bonnie when she joined the board of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Triangle, where I was chair. She cares deeply about our children and schools, and has been a staunch advocate for children who might otherwise not have a voice. Bonnie is great at asking the right questions, and she brings creative new ideas to our programs and fundraising. Our staff loves her. In addition to serving on our board, she’s a mentor to her own “little.”
Bonnie’s heart and soul focuses on fairness, community service, and finding win-win solutions to challenging issues facing our communities.
Please keep this in mind on March 15 when you go to the polls.
Vote for Bonnie Hauser for county commissioner.
Sharon A Hill
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