Letters to the Editor, Feb. 9

Feb. 08, 2014 @ 09:11 PM

Repave Fayetteville Street

As a Durham native and current N.C. Central University graduate student, it pains me to have to drive up and down Fayetteville Street because of several large potholes in the road, which causes me to have to weave and swerve my vehicle.

Once a motorist passes the Cornwallis Road and Fayetteville Street intersection, they suddenly encounter several huge potholes, especially right in front of the Food Lion and Fayetteville Street Elementary School. These pot holes are big enough to do extensive damage to a vehicle.

I ask myself, have our city leaders never driven these roads? This is nothing new to Durham residents because for years Fayetteville Street has been one of the worst roads to commute to and from. 

City Council needs to know that patching up several potholes and leaving large metal plates down on the roads will not make things better. The whole road needs to be paved! Once City Council gets an accurate assessment of  how bad these roads are, then that's when change can soon develop.

I know this message may fall on deaf ears, but I am pretty sure hundreds of Durham citizens share my sentiments. Maybe if this was Hope Valley Road there would be a swifter call for action.

Eric D. Evans


Highlighting creative contributions

Within the past month I have attended three events that have highlighted the contributions of four immensely creative persons who live and work in Durham. And, wonderful to say, these events were attended by large groups of enthusiastic supporters.

These events

were: David Arcus’ organ recital at Duke Chapel, the premiere performance of Steve Jaffe’s HIP Concerto by the Mallarme Chamber Players at First Presbyterian Church, and finally, the exhibition “Together Again” at the Durham Arts Council Gallery featuring the art works of Edith London and Silvia Heyden.

In each case these artists came here because of employment at Duke University: Arcus - Duke Chapel; Jaffe – music department; Edith London, wife of Fritz London – physics department; and Silvia Heyden, wife of Siegfried Heyden – department of medicine. All of these people and their children embraced the Durham community. So, we have been enormously enriched by their presence.

Thanks to your Calendar of Events and the excellent reporting of Cliff Bellamy and Blue Greenberg we have been kept abreast and informed of artistic activities. Keep up the good work.

Finally, we Durhamites like to listen and look as well as eat!

Sylvia G. Arnett


Cuts to home healthcare careless

As Obamacare stories continue to flood the news cycle, including cancelled coverage and higher premiums, the Medicare population is continually overlooked.  Senior citizens who rely on clinically advanced home healthcare are finding out that their access to care is in severe jeopardy. Last year, the Obama Administration issued a Medicare rule that imposes sweeping cuts of 14 percent to Medicare home health funding over the next four years.

As of Jan. 1, these cuts are taking effect across the nation, making it a bitter start to 2014 for Medicare beneficiaries receiving home health. A projected 40 percent of home health agencies are predicted to experience net losses by 2017, meaning many of them will be forced to close their doors. Some patients will be out of luck when it comes to receiving skilled home healthcare from an agency in their area.

Obamacare promised increased health coverage for Americans, but such deep cuts to Medicare home healthcare are reducing access and putting a vulnerable population at increased risk for hospital readmissions and higher medical costs.

The administration has the power to reduce this cut and protect home healthcare for our nation’s seniors. I urge the Obama administration to rethink these careless cuts, and to look for options to mitigate the cuts, such as reviewing the means testing thresholds for those receiving Medicare.

Robert H Appleby