Letters to the Editor, May 8

May. 07, 2014 @ 10:48 AM

Event benefits Meals on Wheels

May is Older Americans Month. This celebration encourages older Americans to stay engaged, active and involved in their own lives and in their communities. This year’s theme is “Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow.”  Older adults are at a much higher risk of unintentional injury than the rest of the population.

Meals on Wheels delivers a nutritious meal, a safety check and the smile that serve as a lifeline to seniors of limited mobility. This provides the support and peace of mind that enable them to remain in their own homes as they age, and means they remain happier, extend their independence and can stay connected to the surroundings that provide them comfort. The powerful side effect of this is that seniors can stay out of expensive nursing facilities.

Help us feed more of your homebound neighbors -- and have fun at the same time!

Enjoy our Music Festival on May 17 from 5 – 8 pm at the Pavilion at Durham Central Park. There will be food trucks -- Chick-N-Que, Only Burger, Parlez-Vous Crepe, Valentino’s and Fullsteam Brewery. The bands will be Bag of Llamas and Durham Jazz Messengers. There will be a silent auction, a cake walk and a cornhole tournament.

Our cakes are donated by The Cheesecake Factory, Four Square, Foster's Market, Nantucket Grill, Washington Duke Inn and Watts Grocery. This is a grownup cake walk!

Join us, have fun, and help keep your elderly neighbors safe in their homes. Information available at www.mowdurham.org.

Gale Singer Adland
Executive director
Meals on Wheels of Durham

Healthier students – better learners

On May 7, we recognized our school nurses by celebrating National School Nurse Day as a way to foster a better understanding of the role of school nurses in the educational setting. The theme this year is, “The School Nurse: Caring for Others. Caring for Ourselves.”

Parents should be able to send their children to school with the peace of mind that they will remain safe, healthy, and ready to learn. Given that today’s children face more chronic health illnesses (e.g. asthma, diabetes, food allergies, etc.) than ever before, school nurses take their role as a licensed professional very seriously. We are grateful for the teachers, administrators, and professional support staff with whom we work with each day -- who help to create a healthy learning environment for every child in North Carolina.  

It seems like common sense that healthier students are better learners. But evidence-based research in fields ranging from neuroscience and child development to epidemiology and public health support this argument. Our elected officials must invest in programs and services that seek to improve the health and well-being outcomes of all children.

As our state legislators make funding decisions for next year, I hope their budget reflects the right priorities – ensuring our children have a successful, productive, and healthy future.

Cheryl Blake

Durham

President, School Nurse Association of North Carolina

Strive for ‘balance’

First, am I the only one who finds hilarity in an NBA team owner's comment that he doesn't want black guys at his basketball games?

Be that as it may, Donald Sterling's hurtful words have occasioned yet another black racist screed by Leonard Pitts Jr. (The Herald-Sun, May 3).  Some of my fellow conservatives will argue that Pitts' rants should be banned from the opinion page.  They are wrong.  Instead, The Herald-Sun should strive for a sort of balance by trying to locate and occasionally printing a column by an equally logic-challenged individual at the other extreme of the racial-political spectrum. 

Unfortunately "Bull" Connor died in 1973.

Frank Hurley

Chapel Hill