Your letters, Jan. 8

January 7, 2014 

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Town threw away long-term cash flow

Re “Housing project raises graves concern,” (CHN, Dec. 25,

It is a pity that Town Council, after it authorized staff to look into selling off the undeveloped portion of the Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery land to “raise money for other town needs,” gave away the land for one hundred dollars.

That cemetery brought in $90,000 to $100,000 directly to Chapel Hill every year (according to Chapel Hill staff), so in addition to the $2 million it was valued at, the town threw away the present value of that long-term cash flow. A 20-year annuity yielding $95,000 per year is worth another $1.6 million on top of the $2 million given away.


Deborah Fulghieri


A wonderful year

What a wonderful year it’s been at SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals, and we couldn’t have done it without you, the incredible community in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Orange County. While the people we serve come from across the state – about 2,200 each year representing every county in the state – by and large, it is this community that makes our house a place of housing, healing and hope

We would like to express our sincere gratitude, in particular, to the two organizations upon whose shoulders we stand. UNC Health Care is a great institution doing incredible work caring for the people of the state. Without them, and without their full support of our mission, we would have no cause to support, no families to house.

And to the State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) branches, advisory councils, employees and members who bake cookies and sell candy bars as fundraisers, make and serve meals, and volunteer at the house – thank you. The ownership and pride you take in this house reminds all of us daily how much our work matters.

In closing, let me also thank the sometimes unsung heroes who collected 184 in-kind donations and counting of food, Wish List items, UNC basketball and football tickets, furniture, services, auction items and more to benefit guests. Thank you to the meal teams who prepared and served 243 meals to our families. And to the front-desk, laundry, kitchen and Trader Joe’s volunteers who have donated 7,753 hours and counting of your time: Thank you.

Janice McAdams

Executive director

SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals

Most gifted season

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Meals on Wheels program would like to thank all the people in our community who helped make this the single most gifted season ever for our recipients. We received donations of baked goods from Harris Teeter, Starbucks, Panera, and Whole Foods, and fresh fruit was provided by Trader Joe. The Cedars and Carol Woods Retirement Communities prepared a dozen meals for Thanksgiving and Christmas day delivery. PORCH gave us enough food for senior snack bags to stock our pantry into the new year.

Food for the soul came in the form of cards from St. Thomas More school children and a home-schooled family. A group of carolers sang songs to several clients who live in a small senior apartment complex. Current bestsellers were donated by BookHarvest, and the Orange County Animal Shelter dropped off bags of pet food for our clients, Joan Oserve on the board, bake, set-up, and drive for us every single weekday. You are the lifeline that makes all of this possible. I am proud to be a part of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community, where people take care of each other.

Stacey Yusko

Executive director

Chapel Hill-Carrboro Meals on Wheels


Re “Parents sentenced in son’s 2008 murder of Josh Bailey,” (CHN, Dec. 18,

To me it is incomprehensible that these parents have only received the sentences that they did. They should have received much more time for the acts they helped their son with. The punishment just does NOT fit the crime.

Roberta Rose MacDonald


Prayers for family

It is disgusting and shocking that these parents got off so lightly!

Prayers for Josh and prayers for his family, as I fight the tears ...

Laura Gibowski


Too lenient sentence

Wow ... talk about a slap on the wrist. If the judge was so appalled by their actions, why such a lenient sentence?

Disgraceful and disrespectful to Josh and his family.

Debby Winnell Peters


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