Letters to the Editor, June 3

Jun. 02, 2014 @ 11:40 AM

Vets deserve response

With the latest news coming out of the  Phoenix, Arizona, Veterans Administration  on May 28 one wonders how high up the scandal went at the Durham VAMC?

If management claims they did not know  about it that is grounds for removal of the medical center director. The buck stops with her.

We have yet to  get a thorough explanation from Deanne Seekins. Where is the transparency she promised us? Maybe Dan Hoffman,

the VISN 6 director can help get us get a response. Don't we as veterans deserve a response?

Gene Goldenstein 


Duke-VA partnership?

During the past month there has been great outrage over Veterans Administration secret wait lists and veterans dying as a result of these wait lists, undue delays on the part of VA hospitals nationwide, VA Office of the Inspector General audits of 42 VA medical centers, the resignation of the VA secretary and issues such as enormous performance bonuses given to top executives at VA medical centers nationwide.  However, instead of attacking the fact that these problems are systemic nationwide, I desire that Duke Medical and the Durham VA Hospital become proactive, instead of reactive, in solving the VA backlog issue, the issues involving wait times, the strains from lack of appropriate manpower, resources and facilities, including available beds and state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment.

Durham is called the “City of Medicine.”  That name reflects the vast medical and diagnostic resources available at Duke Medical Center and the Durham VA Hospital.  It is crucial in this time of crisis that Duke Medical Center and the Durham VA Hospital, partner to eliminate the long wait lists at the VA Hospital. The partnership would provide an even higher standard of VA medical care, make available to the Durham VA Medical Center greater access to diagnosis equipment and increase staffing by Duke Hospital residents, attending physicians, triage nurses and administrative personnel.  If such a alliance occurs, the Durham VA Hospital and Duke Hospital will proudly establish a model of cooperation for VA medical centers nationwide.

Craig M. Kabatchnick                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Director, Veterans Law Program, NCCU School of Law

A scholarship vision

Few knew it, but Sue and Eddie had a vision!

In 2013, the Estate of Sue and Edward Peed, faithful members of Rose of Sharon Baptist Church, established a college scholarship for the benefit of a deserving, graduating high school senior each year. A committee of Rose of Sharon Baptist members makes the selection and the North Carolina Baptist Foundation administers the funds.

On June 8, Rose of Sharon Baptist Church recognizes the first recipient of the Sue and Edward Peed Scholarship, Lindsey Ann Fulcher. An outstanding student at Northern High School, Lindsey demonstrated academic excellence and meaningful involvement in her school, community and church. Her accomplishments and Christian character are a fitting tribute to the memory of Sue and Edward Peed. The $15,000 tuition award over four years helps Lindsey as she enters UNC Wilmington.

Congratulations to Lindsey and a big "Thanks!" to the Peeds for their vision to make a continuing investment in future generations.  

Frank Shipp


Chairman, Sue and Edward Peed Scholarship Committee