Durham News: Opinion

What you’re saying: Carson Holloway, John Drury, Irving Silberberg and Scotty Washington

Preserve police building

I enjoyed your article on the repairs required for the current Durham police headquarters.

The building, erected in the mid-1950s under the direction of George Watts Hill as part of his family enterprise, Home Security Life Insurance, is Durham’ best example of monumental modern architecture and should be preserved.

I understand that the Police Department’s interests are not in the history of the built environment, but the wider community might be interested in the preservation of this beautiful structure. Hill himself was a driving force in the development of the Research Triangle Park and a champion of modern architecture. The building occupies a prominent location in town and compliments its neighbors, the Duke Memorial Methodist Church and the North Carolina Mutual building. Since the current police headquarters and its parking lot occupy a whole block, I’d say that there is danger of unsympathetic redevelopment.

Thanks again for the article.

Carson Holloway


‘The perfect fit’

Kudos to Mr. Bonfield calling new police chief the “perfect fit.”

In your article the mayor concurs that we are dealing with some issues that an African-American woman can deal with. I agree.

Any strong black woman knows the problems stemming from the lack of fathers, guidance and self policing in some parts of the black community. I’m excited to see her correct a small segment of Durham that makes us all look bad.

John Drury


Not just a bathroom law

In House Bill 2, we realize that the "hot button" is the bathroom issue.

Have we forgotten that this same odious law forbids all cities and localities from raising the minimum wage above the state level of $7.25 an hour, removes protections for residents to sue in state courts and forbids the passing of many local laws previously permitted before HB2?

An odious law, yes, but for more than the very important discriminatory aspects and the protections it strips away from the most vulnerable.

Irving Silberberg


Buried in the bill

There’s one aspect of House Bill 2 that no one has addressed yet. It’s found in the section about public bathrooms and deals with exceptions to the new law.

Buried in this Trojan horse of a bill is an obscure provision that prohibits any child age seven years or older from using a public bathroom that doesn’t correspond with his or her biological sex. That means state police can arrest little Tommy, age 7, for going into the women’s room with his mom. His mom wouldn’t be breaking the law. Her 7-year-old son would be.

But not to worry, the new law has an equally insane solution. Although little Tommy isn’t allowed to go into the women’s bathroom with his mom, his mom is allowed to go into the men’s bathroom to assist little Tommy. That goes for dads with daughters age 7 years and older, too.

In one of the greatest ironies of all, House Bill 2 forces more men to go into women’s bathrooms and more women to go into men’s bathrooms than ever before in the history of the world.

“North Carolina: The Bathroom Joke State”

I can’t wait for the license plates.

Scotty Washington


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