Letters to the Editor, Feb. 4

Feb. 03, 2014 @ 08:51 PM

Thanks to Durham police

Bravo, kudos and a heartfelt “thank you” to the Durham Police Department’s Escort Team that served us well for my wife’s procession down Broad Street Jan. 9 to Maplewood Cemetery.

Not only did their performance give us a sense of security but favorably impressed out-of-town family members (some in law enforcement).

Their “leap ahead” maneuvers were precise and authoritative and the smart salutes provided a welcome feeling of respect. This consideration was also exhibited by the uniformed officers who made the customary visit to our home Sunday evening, Jan. 5.

As a former member of the Durham Human Relations Commission, I am always pleased to commend community representatives for professionalism and acknowledgment of the worthiness, dignity and equality of all as espoused and embraced in the Declaration of Independence.

Dan G. Smith

Durham

Campuses need U.S. flags

During a few recent occasions, I have found myself a visitor at a number of universities. While walking through these campuses, I have been consistently surprised to encounter an abundance of flags and banners brandishing foreign nations and various advocacy groups, while there is a conspicuous lack of flags belonging to the United States.

It is proper that the exhibition of these varied pennants, none of which I take specific issue with, is neither sponsored nor discouraged by the university, and I would hazard that I am not alone in my approval of the relative ideological autonomy endowed to university students. However, upon reading the mission statements of these universities, none of whose identities I think it proper or necessary to specifically enumerate, I have taken note of a common sentiment: it is desired that students contribute positively to their communities and to the world, along with to this nation.

Public universities are not alone in receiving government funding; private universities are frequent beneficiaries of such grants -- often for research and medical facilities. American universities ought to display American flags where they can be readily seen and appreciated. Preferable to furthering transient notions, there must be a commitment to honoring and respecting The United States, a nation from which these universities and their students have been long influenced and a nation to whom their security and well-being are, in great part, owed.

Erich Prince

Durham