Letters to the editor

Oct. 02, 2013 @ 04:52 PM

Are you listening, Washington?

As the so-called deadline approaches for the borrowing limit to be increased, we are being bombarded with name calling by no less than the President, which is disappointing for the man who would lead the free world.

He would negotiate with our deadliest and worst enemies will make concessions to almost any tyrant in the world, but will not consider listening to the majority of his own constituents. He would, as he has said, veto anything that included any change to Obamacare. Only he holds province over that and may change it at will, and has done so. Many, if not a majority, of his own party do not want it to be implemented. No one appears to understand it, and I don’t know anyone who wants IRS any where near this catastrophe.

The President says that if the government shuts down we will lose full faith and credit. If anyone that dwells within the beltway of the District Columbia is listening, the only people in the world who should be concerned, the American citizens, a sizable number appear to have already lost their faith in our government. That can happen when government stops listening to its people.

Can you hear us now in the District of Columbia?

Curtis Casey

Durham

Letter inaccurate

Alan Lang’s letter about me was completely inaccurate. 

First, I have never written or stated that I was not in favor of decent, safe, affordable housing, or that I do not support the City’s PRIP program.  The Herald-Sun accurately quoted me:  “I’m not critical of the intent of the program. I’m not saying do away with it. But we need to rethink the way we’re doing it.” 

Anyone who has met me or knows my record and the work I do in the community knows that I am passionate about people and affordable housing.  My point is that the need for safe and secure affordable housing is increasing and availability is not keeping pace.

The facts are there is a long waiting list for subsidized housing and vouchers, 78 families on vouchers are being displaced because a landlord quit the program and the amount of truly affordable rentals is insufficient for demand.  Families in poverty cannot use the majority or all of their income for housing without forcing children to go hungry and live without utilities.  That should be unacceptable to everyone. 

We must work together to find solutions so that affordable housing is safe, secure, and available.  Otherwise families end up homeless.

Second, my campaign reports have all been filed completely and on time.  My campaign treasurer is doing an excellent job.  The Board of Elections will be happy to verify this fact.  As we debate this very important issue, let’s do so with truth and respect.

Pam Karriker

Durham

Alex Rivera centennial 

Friday marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of the renowned photographer, Alex Rivera. Mr. Rivera, who passed away in 2008, chronicled many important events in modern black history through his work at the Pittsburgh Courier, the Norfolk Journal & Guide, and the Washington Afro-American.   He later served as publicist and photographer for North Carolina Central University.  

I hope Durham and the nation will commemorate the centennial of Mr. Rivera’s legacy by visiting the various websites that display his historic photos.  Local citizens can visit the permanent display of some of his photos at the James E. Shepard Library on the campus of NCCU.    This exhibit includes his iconic photo of Marian Anderson singing at her famous Easter Sunday morning concert on April 9, 1939.

Please join me in a well-deserved salute to Alex Rivera during his centennial birthday season.

Eddie Davis

Durham