Letters to the Editor

10/11 Your letters: Mary Jane Young, Helena Cragg, and Alice Jones

Off your knees

This is to address the disrespectful kneeling by well-paid athletes when the National Anthem is played.

Get up off your knees. If you want to address social ills in this country, volunteer at a homeless shelter, work for Habitat for Humanity, teach under-privileged children to read.

Contribute something to society besides being a well-paid, protesting, athlete.

Show respect for the country who made it possible for you to attain your status.

Mary Jane Young

Chapel Hill

LGBTQ Center turning 2

The LGBTQ Center of Durham (the Center) stands on the shoulders of a rich history of grassroots organizations in Durham that, in responding to the effects of marginalization and oppression, have answered the needs of various communities, specifically people of color and LGBTQ+ peoples, and those living within both communities simultaneously. Two years ago the Center opened its doors at 114 Hunt Street with the mission to improve the quality of life for LGBTQ+ folks in Durham by creating a space that welcomes and affirms all LGBTQ+ individuals.

This year we decided it was high time to celebrate the anniversary of the Center to acknowledge all of the work that has been done and the progress that has made in realizing our center’s mission and vision:

▪ We’ve stayed open seven days a week (except holidays) through the efforts of our amazingly dedicated volunteers;

▪ We’ve hosted countless meetings and events not only for our own programs but also for programs run by individual community members, other organizations, etc. (on a sliding scale basis to make our space affordable to everyone);

▪ We’ve celebrated so many phases of life from weddings to graduation parties, from prom dances to marriage proposals, to birthday gatherings;

We could not have done this without the support of the entire Durham and surrounding community and we want to take the time to celebrate with you!

Join us Saturday, Oct. 14, for a day and evening of celebration! The daytime portion of the party will be from 2 to 7 p.m. where everyone is invited to Rigsbee Avenue between Geer Street and Corporation (directly in front of Motorco) for a family-friendly block party FREE to the community.

Stick around afterward for the League Upper Extremity Wrestling Women of Durham (LUEWWD; pronounced “lewd”) to close out our celebration with theatrical and competitive women’s arm wrestling. During the event – dubbed LUEWWD XV: simply irRESISTible – eight costumed women will compete for the championship belt while raising funds to support programming at the LGBTQ Center of Durham. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the event begins at 9 p.m. General admission is $5 with limited ringside tickets also available for $25.

To learn more about the LGBTQ Center of Durham visit www.lgbtqcenterofdurham.org or call 919-868-6208. For more information about the ladies’ arm-wrestling event visit www.luewwd.com or call 919-741-9466.

Helena Cragg

LGBTQ Center of Durham

Protest retirees’ COLAs

As a federal retiree who has served our country for years, I am deeply concerned with a provision in the president's budget which would eliminate cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for current and future federal retirees. I ask that my representative and senators oppose any proposals that would reduce COLAs for federal retirees.

The annual COLA provides protections against inflation, but even the current calculation is inadequate because it understates the impact of health care spending, yielding lower annual COLAs. Reducing or eliminating my COLA further threatens my health and financial security.

This proposal would diminish the value of my hard-earned annuity by allowing inflation to erode the benefit over the course of my retirement. With the cost of goods and medical care on the rise, I will not sit back and allow this attack to gain a foothold.

Alice Jones



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