Letters to the editor Nov. 15

Nov. 14, 2013 @ 02:30 PM

Raising funds for rape crisis center

This year the Orange County Rape Crisis Center will hold its 26th Annual Holiday Auction, our biggest fundraiser of the year, on Dec. 8at the Sheraton Hotel. The auction includes silent and live auctions, dinner and our renowned dessert auction. This year’s auction is also highlighted by keynote speaker Frank Stasio from WUNC’s The State of Things and live music from Morning Brigade.

The center works to stop sexual violence and its impact through support, education, and advocacy. Since 1974, we have provided services and education to Orange County. Our staff and volunteers manage our 24-Hour Help Line, facilitate support groups, and present educational programs throughout our community. The center assisted over 600 clients last year, and we also reached over 12,000 youth and adults with safety education programs.

We rely on grants, donations, and special events for our funding. As these grant opportunities lessen and competition increases, the success of events like our auction become even more important. This is where we need you! Please join us for a fun-filled evening. Visit our website at ocrcc.org/auction.

There is no place in our society for sexual violence, and until we are able to completely eradicate it, there will always be a need for the Orange County Rape Crisis Center. Because violence unfortunately affects so many, I’m glad we’re here for survivors.

I look forward to seeing you Dec, 8 at our 26th Annual Holiday Auction.

Bryant M. Colson
President, Board of Directors 
Orange County Rape Crisis Center

Hearing supports carbon emission standards

October 29  was the anniversary of the Super Storm Sandy and a poignant reminder that if we do not dramatically reduce global warming pollution, storms like Sandy will become the norm.

Therefore, it was very fitting that Environment North Carolina held a citizen’s hearing in the Durham County Main Library for members of the community to voice their support for the Environmental Protection Agency’s new standards on carbon emissions from new power plants.

As a member of the next generation that will have to deal with this profound problem, it was gratifying to hear an overwhelming agreement that America needs to change how it uses energy. Community members support the EPA’s new limits on carbon pollution to help stop global warming because of grave concerns about their safety and the possibility that extreme weather could become more frequent and severe.

As I said in my statement, we need to limit pollution now for the safety and health of future generations.

Sara Price


‘Incognito’ not so Incognito

Miami player ‘Incognito’ evidently doesn’t understand how to maintain his namesake (...“intended to elude public notice”).  In today’s world, using racial epitaphs is a sure way to draw attention to oneself. - ask Paula Dean.

I am not an avid football fan, but I don’t need to be to realize this player probably shouldn’t be in the professional National Football League -- keyword being professional.  Although such racial attitudes are not acceptable from anyone, we’d like to think that those who call themselves professionals, regardless of field, should be the ones to suppress rather than promote such attitudes. 

One would think (and hope), that in this age of having an African American president, use of the ‘N’ word, would not be an issue having to be dealt with.  Alas, instead, it only goes to show why America is still struggling to regain and maintain a respected stature.  “United we stand, divided we fall” -- if we can’t move beyond racial prejudice, we remain “divided” and that’s not something that will keep us -- incognito.

John I. Mayo