Better judgment needed
This is in reply to the letter "Durham cycling deaths avoidable" (Nov. 30), also other letters about bicycling injuries and fatalities in Durham. In Boulder, Colorado, I rode my bike to and from work; so I'm sympathetic to cyclists. Nevertheless, I raise my eyebrows when I hear about horrible bike accidents on Hillandale Road, Roxboro Street, other busy thoroughfares, some after dark.
In Tuesday’s article “N.C. school board hears about new take on U.S. history,” Larry Krieger strenuously objects to teaching that America “is as good and bad as other countries around the world,” and calls for teaching that America is “exceptional.”
Although the verdict was what I expected, I think the way the announcement was made must also be considered in this case and in future cases.
Stop blaming the police
I am tired of the black community demonstrating because their neighborhoods are overrun with crime, then when a white officer shoots and kills a black person they clam up and won’t tell the truth except behind closed doors and promise of anonymity. In the news conference when the grand jury verdict was revealed, it was asked if the ones that changed their story that backed up the white officer’s story were black.
This is truly a sad case and there are no winners. Not only do my prayers go out to the Brown family but my prayers and support go out to Officer Darren Wilson as well during this time.
Reflect on your roots
The president recently enacted limited immigration reform via executive action, much like Presidents Reagan and Bush 41 did before him. Those nervous over undocumented Hispanics need to reflect on our history and their own roots.
Remember the ’43 Hornets
At the most recent meeting of the Durham City Council, Mayor Bill Bell proclaimed that today will be designated as an official day for citizens to honor the 1943 Hillside Hornets Football Team.
Short circuit the madness
Some predict that in the coming spring the Supreme Court has a 50-50 chance of finding the health care subsidies -- offered on the federal health exchange -- illegal. Subsidies that over 250,000 North Carolinians depend on, as a matter of life and death, and to ward off financial ruin. Where are the warnings? Where is the preparation?
et me get this straight. Whistle blowers Willingham, McCants and McAdoo are joining with trial lawyers across the nation to sue the oldest state-supported university for guiding students into diplomas of dubious value. Possible plaintiffs not only include women’s lacrosse, soccer, and field hockey athletes, but also Freddy Fratty and anybody else who ever graduated from this venerable institution who may have taken Rocks for Jocks, AFAM studies, or independent studies in a variety of majors including communication, foreign language, geology or philosophy among others.
No savings in Affordable Care Act
I am writing about the Affordable Care Act. The expressed purpose of the law was to make insurance more affordable and available to middle- and lower-class families. It has failed miserably in both of these goals, since it is too expensive for those it claimed to be designed for. Furthermore, the ACA is inordinately complex and difficult to understand.