Durham News: Opinion

What you’re saying: Jacquelyn Gist, M.J. Pearle and Barry Eriksen

Daytime meetings elitist

Regarding our story on the proposal to move City Council work sessions from the afternoon to evenings

As an elected official with a full-time job I have long opposed holding town meetings during the hours when many people work. Day-time meetings prevent many citizens from attending meetings that concern them. When council or committee meetings are regularly held during “work hours: the pool of people who are able to run for and serve in public office is greatly diminished. Daytime meetings of elected bodies are by nature elitist.

Jacquelyn Gist

The writer is a member of the Carrboro Board of Aldermen.

Help, not hatred

Take a break from the bathroom nonsense and discuss something important – like folks helping others. My hubby and I are senior citizens. I’ve had numerous surgeries so I often use a cane, and I really need my handicapped parking sticker. We recently had a busy day around our home, so it was early evening before we headed to Kroger to make our weekly grocery purchases.

We left the store bone tired. We opened our car trunk and started to transfer the bags over when a nice young man came out of the blue and started helping us. I thanked him and said we probably could get this, but he insisted. He said he was waiting for his wife to run into the store to make a few purchases and knew that would take some time! He hated just sitting around doing nothing. We were so grateful!

This kindness is especially wonderful because we are elderly white folks and the young man was African-American. I’m disgusted with the hatred, bigotry and racism that personify the Republican-led legislature. If we could get those lawmakers out of the way, I’m sure everyone in North Carolina could get along just fine.

M.J. Pearle


Now how jail should work

In his May 4 column, Tom Gasparoli seems to be endorsing poor jail/prison conditions as the natural course of doing business, but that’s not how it is supposed to work. The punishment should be loss of freedom, not tortuous conditions.

Barry Eriksen

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