Your letters, Jan. 15: Pace Academy, good samaritans and a true hero

January 14, 2014 

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Charter school has been lifesaver

Re “Local charter school fights for renewal,” CHN, Jan. 12,

My two grandsons attend Pace Academy. It has been a lifesaver for them.

Without the support, nurturance and caring they receive there they would have dropped out of school. There has not been a place for them in the other Chapel Hill-Carrboro schools with the same interest in their individual needs.

Please save this school for all the students there that have finally found a place to get an education. The other options for these types of students is not available. We need to come together as a community and make sure these kids have a chance to graduate and move on in there life. This would be a serious mistake to take Pace out of our community. Please do all you can to keep this option open.

Suki Roth


More than academics

God have mercy! When will some educators stop looking at all children as being the same?

Having the same expectations for every child is ridiculous. Would you do that if you had one high-achieving child and one with severe learning disabilities? Of course not! You would provide each of your children with unique approaches to help them succeed in their own way!

How can Pace be compared with another charter school which has mostly high-functioning students? Pace Academy is about a lot more than just academics. The love and commitment the staff gives these students also has a huge and lasting impact on their future successes. Wake up State Board of Education! It is 2014, not 1975!

Babs Coira Newton


My deepest thanks

On the day before Christmas, my car broke down at the corner of High and Hillsborough streets in Carrboro.

At an already bleak time in my life, the compassion and kindness of the neighbors in that immediate area gave proof that the Spirit of Christmas is indeed alive and thriving.

To all of you who stopped to help while I was waiting for the tow truck, please accept my deepest thanks.

For moving my car to a safe spot, for the offer of tea and shelter and for the lovely box of Christmas treats and bottled water, your good heartedness meant more to me than I can say. I will always remember how you brightened my day.

Thank you so much.

Barbara Callahan


A true hero

Want to know what a true hero looks like?

The world lost a brave soul Jan. 9 when 14-year-old Aitzaz Hasan Bangash died after tackling a suicide bomber forcing his way into the Pakistani school. After noticing the man dressed in the school uniform and acting suspiciously, Aitzaz confronted the bomber and scuffled with him to keep him away from the 1,500-plus classmates that were just minutes away. Ultimately, the bomb exploded and Aitzaz was killed.

We have launched an Indiegogo campaign based out of Chapel Hill, hoping to show his family how much we all really admire their son’s sacrifice. This was a 14-year-old – a son, a cousin, a kid. He gave his life to save hundreds, if not thousands, of children just yards away.

From BBC, a quote from Aitzaz's father, Mujahid Ali: “My son made his mother cry, but saved hundreds of mothers from crying for their children.”

A story of bravery, courage, and heroism like this can’t go unnoticed. I think we’ve got to do something to show his family how much we are thankful for their son’s sacrifice. This is our chance to honor a true hero.

Check out the campaign at: All of the money raised will go directly to the family of Aitzaz in honor of their brave son.

Ryan Perlowin

Chapel Hill

Essential benefits

Congress has passed a budget bill that did not include the extension of unemployment benefits. As a result, 1.3 million unemployed Americans will lose their benefits as of Jan. 1. An additional 5 million will lose benefits during 2014.

The economy is improving, but it is still quite difficult for many to find work. Unemployment benefits are essential for those who have not yet found a job, to pay for food and shelter, as well as costs incurred to carry out a job search.

Gail McKinnis

Chapel Hill

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