Durham News: Opinion

What you’re saying: Bruce Mitchell, Gwen Price and Colin Barnett

Forum informs

This is a thank you note for the Durham Inter Neighborhood Council (INC) and the Durham Television Network (DTN).

On Thursday, Feb. 4, the INC hosted a forum for candidates for the Durham Board of County Commissioners. I was unable to attend in person, so I watched the forum live on DTN — how convenient! I came away with a better understanding of the county commission and where the candidates stand on crucial issues. I am now able to vote based on solid information.

Congratulations to all for a job well done. John Martin is an outstanding moderator, and all the candidates did well addressing excellent questions posed by INC and audience members. The TV crew did a great job, too. If you missed it, DTN will rebroadcast the forum frequently over the next few weeks (see DTNtv.org for schedule). As a citizen of Durham, I appreciate this vital public service.

Bruce Mitchell

Durham

Financial planning conference

The Durham Alumnae, Oxford-Henderson Alumnae, Raleigh Alumnae, and Chapel Hill-Carrboro Area Alumnae Chapters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated will co-host an Economic Development Conference “Financial Fortitude 2016”. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at Hillside High School on Fayetteville Street. Andrea Harris, co-founder and former president of the N.C. Institute of Minority Economic Development (Durham) and champion of women and small businesses will be the keynote speaker.

In addition to the keynote address, participants will have the opportunity to attend two financial workshops. Workshop topics include: Financial Planning 101, Identity Theft/Scams, Entrepreneurs Resource Panel and Finances for 50+.

A special Reality Fair on financial management is planned for youth ages 11-18 years old. Youth will develop an understanding of money, household expenses, and much more in an interactive fun/educational session.

Financial Fortitude 2016 is free and open to the public ages 11 years and up; however, pre-registration is requested. To register for Financial Fortitude 2016 go to goo.gl/forms/KDG7977tSm . For information, please contact Gwen Price at gdprice53@frontier.com or call 919-813-0418.

Financial Fortitude is a financial educational initiative developed under the Economic Development component of the Sorority's National Five Point Programmatic Thrust. The goal of this event is to develop the utilization of strong financial principles that will play a critical role in maximizing participants’ financial stability.

Gwen Price

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority

What would Jesus eat?

This Wednesday marked the beginning of Lent, the 40-day period before Easter, when many Christians abstain from animal foods in remembrance of Jesus’ 40 days of fasting in the desert before launching his ministry.

But meat-free Lent is much more than a symbol of religious devotion to Christ. It helps reduce the risk of chronic disease, environmental degradation, and animal abuse. Dozens of medical reports have linked consumption of animal products with elevated risk of heart failure, stroke, cancer, and other killer diseases.

A 2007 U.N. report named meat production as the largest source of greenhouse gases and water pollution. Undercover investigations have documented farm animals being beaten, caged, crowded, deprived, mutilated, and shocked.

Lent offers a superb opportunity to honor Christ’s powerful message of compassion and love by adopting a meat-free diet for Lent and beyond. After all, it’s the diet mandated in Genesis I-29 and observed in the Garden of Eden.

Our supermarket offers a rich array of plant-based meat and dairy alternatives, as well as the more traditional vegetables, fruits, and grains. Entering “vegan recipes” in our favorite search engine offers more products, recipes, and transition tips than we can use.

Colin Barnett

Chapel Hill

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