Letters to the Editor

What you’re saying: Reyn Bowman, Dolly Reaves, John DuVal, Ted Maynor, Nia Wilson and Jeffrey Brooke Allen

Does age matter?

Our story “Does it matter how old the mayor of Durham is” (Sept. 20) about mayoral candidate Pierce Freelon’s call for the city’s elders to pass the torch, generated several comments on social media including:

Reyn Bowman: Sorry, experience is as significant as age. Pierce should run on issues, and should be lose I hope he jumps on some boards and commissions until he can run again until he does win.

Dolly Carlene Reaves: Balance is always key. Putting younger people in city council seats, integrating them with our experienced mentors is important. We do need younger people in office and with more of them running, that’s bound to happen, if we can excite our younger voters to support us at the polls

John DuVal: Good leadership is good leadership, regardless of age. I value the wisdom and experience of our existing officials, even if I don’t necessarily agree with all of their views. I’d like to see Pierce Freelon get involved in other parts of local government first, before diving head first into the role of mayor.

Ted Maynor: Prerequisite education to understand how to manage our city has not been reached by Mr Freelon and certainly not Ms Johnson. Experience and education cannot be replaced by youthful exuberance.

Jeanne Yocum: Not sure it's politically astute to tell seniors -- who are dedicated voters -- that it's time for people of our age to step aside.

Nia Wilson: As an "elder" that Pierce Freelon For Durham consulted before deciding to run for office, I can say that he has not asked anyone to step aside. Quite to the contrary he is answering the call that we, elders he respects have made. Dr Mya Angelou states as much in the interview that he shared this week and there is definitely a line of people 50 and above who also support Pierce's desire to step into leadership. One of my biggest reasons is because I know that he wants to hear from and work with me rather than making assumptions of what I may need base on the way things have always worked. This will set a new tone for how our government works with community, and I am very excited about that. I think its ironic that people act as if we are making a king ruling from a throne who has no accountability to the rest of the council he is working with or to the people who elect him. Each person should be choosing to vote for the person who puts forth the best vision for the Durham they want to live in. For me and many other elders that Pierce has spent time with, he is our choice. This may be different for each of you and you should vote accordingly,

Million dollar sports charity events

Hearty kudos to Justise Winslow and Duke for their compassionate creative Sept. 9 Knock Out Harvey fundraiser.

That said, Duke (and Carolina) can very easily create far larger humanitarian victories. On Aug. 25, in a joyous “family reunion” with 40 former players, Kentucky coach John Calipari conducted a charity basketball doubleheader raising over $1 million for 17 very worthy, local causes. Just nine days later, Calipari inspired a three-hour telethon raising over a million for Harvey relief.

In 2015, with help from UNC alums, Calipari raised over $1.5 million in a charity basketball game. He earlier conducted telethons for Haiti earthquake and Hurricane Sandy victims, both times exceeding $1 million. This ain’t rocket science. It’s a simple matter of heart.

Duke and Carolina beat Kentucky in basketball. They can also beat Kentucky in compassion. Just borrow Calipari’s simple models and improve upon them.

If you support any active Triangle charities, please urge Coach K and Ol’ Roy to help your cause. Kentucky’s moral examples conclusively prove they CAN raise two million charity dollars each – and do it every year! Fans and players will love it. Wouldn’t it be a horrible shame not to even try?

A retired collectibles dealer, I’ll happily donate 300 pieces of often rare sports memorabilia for each school to sell at their games or telethons. Let’s “Just Do It!”

Jeffrey Brooke Allen



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