Letters to the editor

Mar. 09, 2013 @ 12:43 PM

Courthouse a new chapter

This month’s opening of the Durham Courthouse is a remarkable achievement and a tribute to the citizens of Durham. 

Our new 10-story, 318,000-square-foot building, has been in the making for more than a decade.  With 20 courtrooms, a spacious jury pool lounge, state of the art technology and speedy elevators Durham residents should take great pride in this magnificent building.

On behalf of courthouse officials, I would like to give special thanks to County Engineer Glenn Whistler, the staff of Durham’s General Services, Trial Court Administrator Kathy Shuart, the Office of the Sheriff, the hundreds of construction workers and scores of courthouse employees who worked tirelessly to make the move to this new courthouse possible.

With new security measures and courtroom designs, we ask for the public’s patience as we adjust to our new home.  This will be a new chapter for Durham’s courts, but we remain committed to serving our community the best we can.

Marcia Morey

Chief District Court Judge

Durham

Partisan politics progress?

I find it interesting that the editor of The Daily Tar Heel thought that there should possibly be a border erected around Chapel Hill to keep Durham folks out in order to protect the citizens of Chapel Hill. 

About 30 years ago or so, Jesse Helms, sometime referred to as Senator No, thought that there should be a fence built around Chapel Hill to keep folks in — this was his idea for building the North Carolina Zoo.

It is funny how people with opposite points of view can sometimes come to the same conclusion.  Maybe partisan politics in North Carolina has made progress?

Steed Rollins

Durham

Courthouse a new chapter

This month’s opening of the Durham Courthouse is a remarkable achievement and a tribute to the citizens of Durham. 

Our new 10-story, 318,000-square-foot building, has been in the making for more than a decade.  With 20 courtrooms, a spacious jury pool lounge, state of the art technology and speedy elevators Durham residents should take great pride in this magnificent building.

On behalf of courthouse officials, I would like to give special thanks to County Engineer Glenn Whistler, the staff of Durham’s General Services, Trial Court Administrator Kathy Shuart, the Office of the Sheriff, the hundreds of construction workers and scores of courthouse employees who worked tirelessly to make the move to this new courthouse possible.

With new security measures and courtroom designs, we ask for the public’s patience as we adjust to our new home.  This will be a new chapter for Durham’s courts, but we remain committed to serving our community the best we can.

Marcia Morey

Chief District Court Judge

Durham

Partisan politics progress?

I find it interesting that the editor of The Daily Tar Heel thought that there should possibly be a border erected around Chapel Hill to keep Durham folks out in order to protect the citizens of Chapel Hill. 

About 30 years ago or so, Jesse Helms, sometime referred to as Senator No, thought that there should be a fence built around Chapel Hill to keep folks in — this was his idea for building the North Carolina Zoo.

It is funny how people with opposite points of view can sometimes come to the same conclusion.  Maybe partisan politics in North Carolina has made progress?

Steed Rollins

Durham