Letters, Dec. 19

Dec. 18, 2012 @ 07:32 PM

Book collects precious stories

Thank you for Jason Hawkins’ recent article on Doris Wilson and her new book, “Seniors 90-100+ and Their Families: What Keeps Them Going?” As he said, Wilson, a Hillsborough native, has collected 197 stories of many black people and a few whites and Native Americans over the age of 90. Most have lived in Orange County or have a significant Orange County connection. Not only has Wilson collected stories, she has collected priceless photographs and a brief genealogy from each individual and bound them all into a beautiful book.

As I read the vast collection, I was struck by how little mention was made of hardships many of these people must have suffered. Wilson told me she decided before she wrote the book she wanted it to project happy stories. While happy stories certainly do not tell the whole story, particularly of many African-Americans and Native Americans, the book clearly calls attention to the value and worth of these persons who gave so much to help weave an entire community together when times were hard in Orange County for both blacks and whites.

My hope is not only people across this county but people across the nation will see the importance of this work as a record and resource for ages to come.

While the cost of the book is $50, it is well worth it to me and will be to many others.Copies can be obtained by contacting Wilson at Dwilson173@nc.rr.com or by phone at 919-732-3582 or 919-270-2532.

Kaye W. Crawford


Suicide unpredictable, personal

A nurse takes her life after being part of the brunt of a silly joke being carried out by a radio show. Most folks have been quick to blame the radio personalities for the suicide; I am not so sure that they are the correct targets. Looking to place the blame for such a tragedy is a natural reaction and the most visible targets are the DJs. While their joke may have ended in a horrible way, I don’t think they or the station could have reasonably predicted it. Radio personalities all over the free world carry out such pranks daily and nearly always the end result is harmless humor. Not the case here!

Suicide is in most cases unpredictable and is a personal choice made by the person. No one knows at this point if in fact the call was the primary cause of this suicide or if it was the tipping point for something lingering with the victim. The event itself is certainly not sufficient to make a person take their life under normal circumstances.

Right or wrong, the DJs will be blamed and they will have to live with the end results of their prank. The world has lost a person who by all accounts was a good nurse, mother, wife and nice person. My sympathy goes out to all parties involved.

Kent Fletcher

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