Letters to the Editor

10/21: Letters: DeDreana Freeman, La Toya Hankins, and West Durham Baptist Church

A higher power

Turning 40 last month I have been reflecting on the life I am living here in Durham with my family. I am excited by the awesome energy of startups and torn by the desperation of those trying to borrow a little change.

DeDreana Freeman

Throughout the years I have had the pleasure of meeting so many fascinating folks; and I am excited for all the possibilities, yet, weary of all the challenges. I am encouraged by the power of the people in Durham to defy all others in this state. Voters in the City of Durham have the power to make progressive change locally.

There are those that will say we can’t change what is happening, but I know a higher power and I am convinced that we can address the inequalities and injustices by working together toward overall growth in our city. From parking to affordable housing there are equitable ways we can address the disparities that disproportionately affect people of color and those in material poverty. We as a city just have to make it a real priority: put the funds behind it and allow the people to lead the process without fear and trust that together we will find an equitable solution.

Thanking all of those exercising their right to vote and reminding you early voting has begun. Your vote matters! I am DeDreana Freeman, I running in the Ward 1 Seat for City Council, and I am asking for your vote.

DeDreana Freeman


Foushee devoted to community

This letter is to give a ringing endorsement of Barbara Foushee for the position of Carrboro Board of Aldermen.

I have had the privilege of witnessing firsthand Foushee’s devotion to community service as a fellow member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. She serves as the backbone of the chapter, constantly identifying opportunities for members to serve others. Her leadership spearheaded our ongoing support of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro CROP Hunger Walk as well other initiatives. Foushee serves as the adviser for our UNC-Chapel Hill chapter, imparting her wisdom and experience to help guide current and future leaders.

Foushee’s community resume is exceptional. While serving as a devoted sorority member, she also serves as the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP branch secretary, Orange Water and Sewer Authority board member, Blue Ribbon mentor within the Chapel Hill-Carrboro schools, and vice-chair of the Carrboro Human Services Advisory Board. Her platform of promoting and advocating for justice, affordable housing, and economic growth and development as a Carrboro Board of Aldermen candidate serves as confirmation of her goals to continue to enrich her community.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. members pride ourselves of being “A community-conscious, action-oriented organization” In my view, Foushee’s community involvement, demonstrated leadership, and capacity to give back in profound and focused ways exemplifies our motto. Foushee would be a tremendous asset to continuing Carrboro growth as an alderwoman.

La Toya Hankins



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