POLITICAL FA­VORITES

The Herald-Sun (Sunday) - - Opinion - – Robert Me­dred Hills­bor­ough – Wanda Boone Durham

Re­gard­ing the news story “As hate crimes rise, some look to an im­peached NC gover­nor for lessons” (Nov. 24)

This ar­ti­cle is an ex­am­ple of ei­ther McClatchy news­pa­per in­com­pe­tence or in­sid­i­ous me­dia political fa­voritism. The ti­tle of this ar­ti­cle should read: As Demo­crat-in­spired hate crimes rise, some look to ex-Repub­li­can NC gover­nor.

I con­firmed my concern about this Civil War mis­in­for­ma­tion in two min­utes with an in­ter­net search. Since I be­lieve nei­ther the writer nor his su­per­vi­sor are stupid, I con­clude this is a typ­i­cal Demo­crat-con­trolled me­dia at­tempt to make, through in­fer­ence, the un­in­formed be­lieve Repub­li­cans are haters, racists, etc.

What’s miss­ing in this ar­ti­cle?

The gover­nor be­ing praised by the lo­cal his­to­rian, Ed­die Davis, was a Repub­li­can. The Repub- li­can Party was against slav­ery, and the Demo­cratic Party — the party that im­peached Holden — sup­ported slav­ery. The writer men­tions the term “con­ser­va­tive” many times ap­par­ently to make the un­in­formed think that to­day’s con­ser­va­tives — Repub­li­cans — were the “con­ser­va­tives” dur­ing the Civil War. The writer doesn’t men­tion the fact that Civil War “con­ser­va­tives” were pro-slav­ery Democrats. Wil­liam Pow­ell, whom the writer states ini­ti­ated im­peach­ment against Holden, was a Demo­crat.

Fi­nally, a large per­cent­age of, if not all, members of the KKK were Democrats. No Repub­li­cans, or a minis­cule num­ber, were members of the KKK. This same cor­rupt mis­in­for­ma­tion ap­plies to the role of Democrats and Repub­li­cans dur­ing civil rights days. The vast ma­jor­ity of true hate crimes are not committed by Repub­li­cans. The rise of threats and crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity by Democrats against Pres­i­dent Trump and his sup­port­ers are re­cent ex­am­ples of hate our bi­ased me­dia sources con­ceal.

BLUE HILL DE­SIGN DE­BATE

Our re­cent news story “Chapel Hill gets 1st ‘true mixed use’ project in Blue Hill re­de­vel­op­ment dis­trict” gen­er­ated this exchange on www.her­ald­sun.com.

Julie McClin­tock: This is not an at­trac­tive de­sign. The Form Based Code that re­placed zon­ing for “Blue Hill” was sup­posed to give us devel­op­ment that the com­mu­nity wants. A ho­tel and more apart­ments don’t fill the bill. A good old fash­ion pub­lic hear­ing would have brought in pub­lic com­ment that surely would made some­thing more beau­ti­ful than this. The only ci­ti­zen ad­vi­sory board, the Com­mu­nity De­sign Com­mis­son, tried but failed to make this some­thing we could love.

Su­sana Dancy: I am on the Com­mu­nity De­sign Com­mis­sion, and I voted for this project. I be­lieve it is the best thing yet to come out of the Eph­e­sus Ford­ham (Blue Hill) form­based dis­trict. It is not per­fect by any means, but I be­lieve it is bet­ter than any other project that has come from this dis­trict, and it is bet­ter than some­thing that tra­di­tional zon­ing or the spe­cial use per- mit process might pro­duce. There’s a ho­tel, an apart­ment build­ing and an of­fice build­ing. It will gen­er­ate pos­i­tive tax rev­enue for the town, and it is in an ap­pro­pri­ate lo­ca­tion for this level of in­ten­sity. Again, it is not per­fect, but it is a strong ad­di­tion to this area. This project moves us to­ward the goal of ex­pand­ing the com­mer­cial tax base in Chapel Hill.

WHERE HEAL­ING BE­GINS

Sup­pose we could be­gin to erase many of the lead­ing causes of death like al­co­holism, COPD, il­licit drug use, heart dis­ease, smok­ing, can­cer, stroke, or di­a­betes?

Sup­pose we could im­prove health out­comes with a sin­gle ques­tion? What hap­pened to you?

Ad­verse child­hood ex­pe­ri­ences harm chil­dren’s de­vel­op­ing brains, dam­ag­ing their im­mune sys­tems so pro­foundly that the ef­fects show up decades later. These ex­pe­ri­ences in­clude phys­i­cal, sex­ual and ver­bal abuse; phys­i­cal and emo­tional ne­glect; hav­ing a fam­ily mem­ber who is de­pressed or di­ag­nosed with other men­tal ill­ness, ad­dicted to al­co­hol or an­other sub­stance, or in prison; hav­ing a mother be­ing abused; and los­ing a par­ent to sep­a­ra­tion, divorce or an­other rea­son.

Heal­ing can be­gin when you have at least one per­son who loves you un­con­di­tion­ally and with ex­treme emo­tional ex­trav­a­gance. Who is your “one” that will be by your side when ev­ery­one else jumps ship? Reach out to them and let them know.

Also, have con­fi­dence in your strengths and abil­i­ties, man­age strong feel­ings and im­pulses, meet the de­mands of daily liv­ing, while also re­lax­ing and re-en­er­giz­ing and trust your­self to make good de­ci­sions to main­tain a healthy, pos­i­tive life­style.

Achiev­ing Health Hand in Hand (AHHH!) is To­gether for Re­silient Youth’s ini­tia­tive cre­at­ing strate­gies to form a re­silient com­mu­nity one per­son at a time in part­ner­ship with the Duke Clin­i­cal & Trans­la­tional Sci­ence In­sti­tute and the North Car­olina Be­hav­ioral Health Eq­uity Ini­tia­tive. Learn more at to­geth­er4re­silien­ty­outh.org or [email protected]

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