Letters to the Editor, Dec. 3

Dec. 02, 2013 @ 10:44 PM

Help Meals on Wheels be Santa

This December, Meals on Wheels of Durham needs help to play Santa to the homebound seniors of Durham.

From now until Dec. 13, Meals on Wheels will be collecting gifts for all of our clients. They would love hats, gloves, scarves, robes, pajamas, slippers, blankets, pillows, sets of towels, wall calendars, large print puzzle books and gift cards to discount stores. The organization strives to provide each meal recipient with something for Christmas. For some of the clients, this may be the only gift they receive. We are also accepting donations of wrapping paper.

Gift items are gratefully accepted wrapped or unwrapped. Please label wrapped gifts if they are size or gender specific. Please deliver items from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday to 2522 Ross Road, Durham, NC 27703.

For more information, or to adopt a particular senior for Christmas, contact Meals on Wheels of Durham at 919-667-9424 or at info@mowdurham.org. Monetary donations can be made by sending a check or via our website at www.mowdurham.org.

Thanks for helping us warm the holiday season for homebound seniors!

Gale Singer Adland
Executive Director
Meals on Wheels of Durham

President deserves respect

When I was young, my first essay that won an award was a response to the statement: “Why I am proud to be an American.” As I watch the news and read editorials, I am disheartened. Why did it take a tragedy like 9/11 to jar the American public into a unified stance of patriotism and nationalistic spirit?

The president of these United (hah) States is our nation's chief executive, the commander- in-chief of our armed forces, charged with ensuring all laws are carried out. I am ashamed to say I am an American. Regardless of how we feel about laws – Obamacare, etc. -- we need to stand behind the leader of this nation. Let's stop pointing fingers and blaming Tom, Dick and Harriet for the problems our country is facing. I retired from teaching because my salary hadn't changed for five years. I also became disabled, and to continue health coverage as a retiree would have been $584 a month. I couldn't afford that even when I was working. Obamacare was my only hope to receive medical attention after putting my life on hold.

Let the man we elected do his job! If it doesn't work out, if we are discontented with the end result, we can deal with that in the future. Everyone seems to forget that despite President Obama's weighty duties, he and many presidents before him, have served this country at great risk. He deserves respect, people – he is our elected leader.

Tanya Wilson

Oxford