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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Langston Celebrates its History

6/12/2013, 3 p.m.
Stacy Brown's article on the historic Langston Golf Course in the June 6, 2013 edition was simply marvelous. My husband ...
Guests at the Langston Golf Heritage Celebration participate in outdoor golf activities on Saturday, June 8 in Northeast. Photo by John DeFreitas

Stacy Brown's article on the historic Langston Golf Course in the June 6, 2013 edition was simply marvelous. My husband has been an avid golfer for many years, and now that he’s retired he spends his days playing golf at Langston and other golf courses in the area.

Early on, I couldn’t understand why the game of golf would take him away from home for so long. One day I decided to learn the game myself. Shortly thereafter, I connected the dots. Golf is a wonderful sport. My husband and I have enjoyed playing rounds together all over the country, but especially at Langston. It’s where I learned to play golf so it’s a very special place to me. I have seen many changes to the course over the years and I hope the course managers are able to complete the upgrades.

I don’t play as much as I did in the past, but when I do, Langston is where I want to play; it just feels like home to me.

Barbara Baker

Washington, D.C.

Be Prepared!

The front page article in the June 6-12 edition of your newspaper highlights an unfortunate situation in many low-income black communities. Preparing for a natural disaster has certainly become necessary in today’s world in which tornadoes, floods, hurricanes and blizzards seem to be taking place more frequently.

Unfortunately, as the article stated, many black families are living on a limited income, making it extremely difficult for them to buy and store the necessities for natural disaster survival. In addition, many of us tend to dismiss the possibility of such disasters in our geographic area, so we make preparedness a low priority. The earthquake of 2011 in this area should have been a wakeup call to all of us that we never know when we will need to go into survival mode after such an occurrence.

I believe that the city government can do more to keep the idea of preparedness in our minds by offering workshops specific to certain disasters, door-to-door contact in the community, and public service announcements dealing with this topic. We never know when or where the next natural disaster will hit. We need to put preparedness high on our list of things to do.

Thanks for bringing this issue to our attention.

Kendra Sharpe

Washington, D.C.