Durham News: Opinion

Your letters: Mya Glubpanny, Paul J. Wakeford and David C. Sokal

Parents, read

Regarding “Durham County seeks brighter future for boys, men of color” (DN http://nando.com/2td):

Hope this helps. It would be worthwhile if mothers would READ to their children from one year to six years of age. Just the simple act of reading prepares children for academics.

No books? The wonderful Durham County Library is teeming with them, all on a free-lending program.

Mya Glubpanny

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Guess who’s coming to dinner?

Regarding the news article “University of Mo. leaders step down (N&O, Nov. 10):

Insensitivity and lack of concern for marginalized students, in this case African-American, regarding racist actions brought down the university president and chancellor of the flagship campus at the University of Missouri.

Newly arrived UNC president Margaret Spellings when asked at a news conference about her past comments regarding gay people said, “I’m not going to comment on those lifestyles.” Everybody by now knows that “lifestyles” is a code word for judgment and rejection of LGBT folks.

In light of the Missouri debacle, Spellings might like to rethink her attitude toward LGBTs. She might even like to invite some to dinner at the president’s residence.

Paul J. Wakeford


Shameful reminder

Refugees? If Gov. Pat McCrory were really concerned about the safety of North Carolina residents, he would have pushed for the expansion of Medicaid and provided funding for more social workers and nurses and better pay for teachers in public schools.

His fearmongering about immigrants is a shameful reminder of our reaction to refugees during past wars and disasters, the Irish, Italians, Polish, etc.

My father was born in Poland and came to the United States at the age of 7 in the 1920s. He became a doctor and then enlisted in the Army shortly after graduating, fighting in the Pacific in World War II.

David C. Sokal


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