Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Letters: Gun bill HB 746 protects us

Like many Americans, I increasingly feel vulnerable to random attacks of violence. The most recent attack on members of Congress practicing baseball in Virginia underscores the need for every law-abiding citizen to have the ability to defend themselves. These lawmakers were fortunate that armed security were on hand to protect Congressman Scalise, but if capitol police hadn’t been there, this attack could have been a massacre.

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Bias, injustice and policing

Most police officers work hard and are to be commended for their efforts. Then there are cases such as Philando Castile, stopped with his friend and her 4-year old daughter for a tail light violation. He was shot five times by Officer Jeronimo Yanez and killed. For this extreme use of force, the officer was acquitted and later fired. Another senseless killing of an African-American male under the color of law.

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Go Durham bus stops

“How to build a better bus stop” article in The Herald-Sun June 16 spells out a need that’s been ignored for far too long in our city. The GoDurham people and the City administration have failed to address the need for decent bus stop shelters for the people who must depend on our bus system to get to the places they must go. The lack of decent, safe, lighted shelters for people who have no choice but to use the buses shows a glaring disregard for those citizens while moving rapidly to build a light rail system that virtually ignores and will not serve the people who have no other choice. While one shelter design would not fit all stops, I suspect two or three different types would. Durham could perhaps be an early leader in utilizing a “public/private” partnership to satisfy our need for the shelters.

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Veranda at Whitted impressive

We are so impressed with Veranda at Whitted School! It fulfills such a great need in the community as well as making excellent use of the historic old building. It is very special to me because not only was I a student there, my father taught eighth grade for many years at Whitted.

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Common-sense gun regulations

HB 746, on its way to the N.C. Senate after narrowly passing in the N.C. House, would dismantle pistol permitting in North Carolina, removing the role of sheriffs in protecting us from teenagers, felons and those with serious mental illness who would carry loaded weapons into places frequented by children and families such as restaurants and playgrounds.

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Summer enrichment camps

It was wonderful to read about the Food for the Summer serving children in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. There’s a similar initiative underway in Orange County. It’s a grassroots partnership between Orange County Schools (OCS), United Voices of Efland, Cedar Grove Neighborhood Association and Fathers on the Move.

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Make licenses available to all

I heartily disagree with Kent Fletcher (The Herald-Sun, June 7). He would like to see traffic checkpoints reinstated in Durham, and gives the example of a checkpoint last weekend in Johnston County that found 40 people driving without a valid license. He's concerned about road safety, and has a point. The problem is that our undocumented neighbors, who work harder than most everyone else, who contribute enormously to our economy and pay taxes without hope of benefits – like Social Security – that the rest of us take for granted, are not allowed to take driving tests or buy car insurance.

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NCCU coach LeVelle Moton shows off his flawless New Edition dance moves

NC Central basketball coach LeVelle Moton shows off his New Edition dance moves in a video posted to Twitter before the group was honored at the BET Awards. Moton is a huge fan of the group and has become friends with the band members.
LeVelle Moton via Twitter
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NCCU coach LeVelle Moton shows off his flawless New Edition dance moves

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New chancellor chosen for N.C. Central

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Muslims celebrate end of Ramadan in place of their own — Chapel Hill Islamic Center

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Duke Football coach shares wisdom with campers