Letters to the editor

Feb. 19, 2013 @ 02:23 PM

Bearing arms vs. baring breasts
Let me get this straight. 
The North Carolina law approves of its citizens bearing military-style assault weapons in our streets and parks without a permit.
The North Carolina Legislature is set to approve a bill which would send women publicly baring their breasts to prison for up to six months. 
In the past 30 years, America has mourned 62 mass shootings.  There are more than 10,000 deaths a year related to gun violence and our state has the 10th highest number of gun-related deaths in the country. 
I'm pretty sure baring ones breast in public never really hurt anyone.
I guess our new legislature really thinks this is a problem worth our resources, but I'm not sure I get it.
Jenny Leinbach

Thanks to Wellness Institute
The Wellness Institute at Durham Regional Hospital will close its doors Thursday.  On behalf of the afternoon participants at the Wellness Institute, we would like to thank Durham Regional Hospital for allowing us to use their gym and exercise equipment.  We are all former patients from the hospital’s heart and lung rehabilitation program.  After our formal rehabilitation therapy was complete, the hospital staff was gracious enough to allow us to use their facilities four afternoons a week for a nominal monthly fee.
For years now we former patients have enjoyed this privilege and have established lasting friendships.   By working diligently with the staff we learned the importance of staying active and encouraging each other.  It is an uplifting experience to watch former patients transition from their debilitating conditions to independence and health.
On Thursday, we will meet for the last time together and will go our separate ways to other exercise gyms and programs.  Good luck to each of these men and women who shared their stories of encouragement and determination.  Again, thanks to the wellness staff, some of Durham’s finest.
Robert Thompson