Letters to the editor

Apr. 19, 2013 @ 11:48 AM

No one wrong on historic commission issue

Your article “DDI boss complains about preservation board” is, as far as was reported, an accurate account of my conversation with your reporter.   

Our community has done a wonderful job of saving and repurposing many of downtown’s historic buildings. As a result of attending a number of Historic Commission reviews including the January review of the proposed apartments in West Village, I believe a review about the manner in which the Commission conducts its reviews related to new construction in the historic City Center would benefit our community.     

From a report I recently reviewed, I understand that the Historic Commission is “…working with a consultant to … streamline the review process for the commission by creating a single document to reference all projects (and)…provide more thorough explanation of the guidelines …” I welcome this review. I trust that the Commission will reach out to the community, including DDI and developers, for input and buy-in related to its review process. 

As downtown continues its renaissance, our community needs clear guidance related to new construction in our historic City Center District. What members of the Commission may view as inappropriate for the City Center, I and others may believe is appropriate as related to the goals of the Downtown Master Plan and the growth of Durham’s economy.  This is a case where “no one is wrong.” We just view things through different lenses. This is why a community dialogue is needed since the future of new construction in the City Center District has arrived.


Bill Kalkhof

President, Downtown Durham Inc.




In praise of kids’ fashion show

Edison Johnson Recreation Center was the setting for the “Bull City KIDS RipTheRunWay.” This show was an excellent display of talent. Kids between the ages of 8 and 13 strutted down the runway displaying confidence, poise and very fashionable outfits.

There was singing and even a young female rapper (watch out Nicki Minaj) that stole the show. The rather large turnout of supporters added to the excitement and the success of the program. It is events like this that will increase the positive influences in our children’s lives.
Kudos to Jamaal McDuffie of PUFF TV and Maggie Singletary Lewis of The Lather Lounge Hair Studios for making this event happen and understanding the African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child.”

Tara Taft



Remember needs of hungry seniors

May is Older Americans Month, a perfect opportunity to show our appreciation for the older adults in our communities. Established in 1963, this celebration encourages older Americans to stay engaged, active and involved in their own lives and in their communities.

But, while we are celebrating the older American, this reality remains – our seniors are hungry. In the richest nation on Earth, more than 1 in 7 seniors is threatened by hunger.

Nationally, sequestration has just cut more than $43 million from congregate and home-delivered meals to the elderly, meaning that countless more seniors could go hungry. Whatever your politics, this reduction in resources to our most vulnerable neighbors cannot be ignored. 

Join us on May 4, from 5 – 8 pm, for our  Food on Wheels for Meals on Wheels event at the Pavilion at Durham Central Park. Enjoy local Food Trucks, live music and a silent auction. Help us in our effort to feed every homebound senior in Durham who is hungry.

Thank you for helping us serve the next meal.


Gale Singer Adland

Executive Director, Meals on Wheels of Durham