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Thursday, October 5, 2006

Duke Case: Bull City

"Millions for defense, not one cent for tribute." - Thomas Jefferson
Durham, North Carolina, has a population of around 202,00 people. Every citizen of Durham just chipped in about 32 cents each to come up with this "new" slogan for the "Bull City." N&O reported:
Long the city where "Good Things Are Happening," Durham is receiving an image upgrade.

If the Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau has its way, the city will now be known as the place "Where Great Things Happen."

The new tag line was developed as part of an extensive effort to rebrand Durham, the fruits of more than two years of advisory committee meetings, brainstorming sessions and consulting with an Oregon-based branding specialist. The effort cost $64,000, not including the cost of local and national polling data utilized for the project. The DCVB is largely supported through a 6-percent tax on hotel rooms.
Durham also has about 750 known gang members. That means there is one street gang member for every 269 citizens. Would the citizens of Durham, given a choice, have spent the 32 cents for the slogan study, or on activities to keep kids out of gangs and stop Durham from becoming the "Gang City." How many part-time jobs for "kids at risk" would $64,000 have paid for?

Where is the adult leadership in Durham?

Durham's nick name of the "Bull City" is appropriately ironic as long as the citizens don't care about corruption and having accountable concerned public officials.

Change can start on November 7th by getting rid of Michael Nifong (vote Cheek) and giving the governor a chance to appoint a new person to lead the DA's office.

LieStoppers:
Beth Brewer, is heartened by the support the Recall Nifong -Vote Cheek campaign is receiving from the good people of Durham. The stench of previous cases, like the one of Leon Brown, are reminding Durhamites what reckless justice means for ALL of them, not just the three Duke defendants. But when apathy, agenda, and the local newspapers seem arrayed against the effort... we need to push harder...

Corruption can only persist when good people don't care enough to change it. The next few weeks are crucial.
sources:
Durham might get new saying [NewsObserver.com, Oct. 4, 2006]
Wicked [LieStoppers, Oct. 5, 2006]

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