Letters to the editor
Stagville’s a treasure
On Sept. 7 my family attended a more-than-delicious harvest dinner at the Stagville State Historic Site. Culinary historian Michael Twitty and several experts worked all day to serve dishes dating back to the open-fire cuisine of enslaved African Americans.
We won't forget the wonderful flavors and fascinating people we shared that meal with anytime soon. Nor will we forget the setting: Dinner was served on tables set up between two slave quarters on the grounds.
In nearly 20 years in Durham, that was our first visit to Stagville. Be smarter than us: If you haven't been yet, go soon. Stagville is a community treasure with many lessons to share about who helped build local traditions we all hold dear.
Wasting court’s time
I'd like to second Kent Fletcher's opinion in his letter of Sept 5.
Fletcher applauded Chapel Hill firefighter Lt. Gordon Shatley for pulling over a drunk driver whose blood alcohol was more than triple the legal limit.
Too stupid, or too drunk, to benefit from her previous DWI experiences, the driver passed up the opportunity to accept a safe ride home from the public servant trained to protect us. She didn't get far before police pulled her over and arrested her.
She didn't question the policeman's right to pull her over, since it's in their job description, but she needed to waste the court's time and Judge Elaine Bushfan's talents to make sure that nasty firefighter hadn't stepped over the line saving her life when there was no fire involved.
This begs the question. If this woman's house were on fire, and the police put the fire out before firefighters arrived, would she have required a court decision to determine if the police officer had the right to extinguish the blaze?
Support all schools
You can't create the future by clinging entirely to the past. That’s not something I thought up, but relevant.
A recent article and editorial by The Herald-Sun covering the newly renovated Maureen Joy Charter School were very nice. According to the articles, those present and expressing support for this school were city, county, state and federal representatives. It even appeared to be bipartisan.
Who was not quoted or absent? Any representative of the Durham Public Schools, from either the administration or the School Board. Were they even there? Or were they AWOL as this is not part of their reactionary obsession with the past, a total monopoly of secondary education controlled by public schools. I certainly hope some of my tax money is going towards promising alternatives such as this one.
(Note: DPS Superintendent Eric Becoats and board chair Heidi Carter attended the Maureen Joy event.)
War is not the answer
With regard to our nation's threat of military intervention in Syria, Durham Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) holds that only a nonviolent response, grounded in spiritual truth and love, disarms militarism, brutality and terror.
The basis of our commitment is our belief in the presence of that of God in every person. Global security rests on the development of collaborative and just relations with peoples and nations around the world and at home. We, as Quakers, are called to witness again to the continuing power of God's love in our violent and suffering world, and to wholeheartedly support those working for peace, reconciliation and justice in Syria and throughout the world.
Clerks of the Durham Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends