Durham News: Opinion

Your letters, March 8: Bob Appleby, Conrad Conero and Robert Porreca

Guns not the issue

Lisa Price, among others, asked the question: “How can we keep guns out of the wrong hands?” (DN, March 4)

The question is answered by a simple message: “You Cannot!” Therefore, what should the question be? My response is that society needs to educate people – all people – that to kill someone is wrong.

There is a very good book titled: “Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take their Stuff” by Matt Kibbe. All people need to understand that simple dictum, and then the guns used will not be the issue. It still will not solve the issue, as people have been people for centuries and that is why we still have wars.

Robert (Bob) H. Appleby


Cheers for chess

Just an update to thank you for continuing to run the announcement for the Durham Chess Club in the Daybook section of the The Durham News each week and to let you know that we are alive and thriving, continuing to average a dozen or so players each Saturday as we have done for the past several years.

Thanks again.

Conrad Conero


Durham Chess Club

Good decision

The UNC Board of Governors’ decision to close the UNC Center for Poverty, Work and Opportunity in the face of a mass of hyperbole is a good one.

The center, established to give the magnificently narcissistic John Edwards a platform upon which to build his presidential ambition, has, since that train-wreck, been led by Mr. Gene Nichol whose opinion pieces evidence a similar character. Given a chance to prove the impact the center had on the indigent he chose to launch an attack on questioners wrapped in the flag of academic freedom. Exactly what, if anything, the center accomplished since its inception is obscured by the smoke of his self-righteous indignation

From what I have read, the center was an indigent legal service using law students. It can handily be replaced by a “UNC Indigent Legal Services” with a mission to provide same to the poor without Mr. Nichol’s self-centered posturing. Perhaps, once their cause is no longer subordinate to one man’s ego, the indigent will finally see some benefit. Gene Nichol loses nothing in the process except his stage, built on the backs of the poor.

Robert L. Porreca


Highs and lows

Highs and lows

So much sad news of recent days has overshadowed the N&O’s story of having served the area for 120 years.

In the weather-forced quiet of one morning last week I got around to taking a look at your commemorative insert. You mark highs and lows and ordinaries of those years. You remind me that even when I criticize you – as I do regularly – I value your efforts to inform and interpret events and to activate citizens to be more concerned about one another.

Thanks and congratulations.

Carol Reuss

Chapel Hill