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Do not be afraid to fill an empty building with children learning

By Sherry Beck
Posted Thursday, January 26, 2012

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Pittsboro, NC - I have been a reader of the Chatlist for about eight years. I also own a small business here in Pittsboro. I don't understand why some people are so afraid of anything changing in town. When the Piggly Wiggly opened after Lowe's Foods left, many people seemed to believe that life was coming to an end. Life didn't end, and I love the Piggly Wiggly and the friendly staff there.

When the McDonald's opened, some folks predicted that the entire population of Pittsboro was going to die of massive heart attacks and obesity. We can't force people to make the same food choices we might make, and I don't believe there has been an increase in cheeseburger-related illnesses.

Now people are fearful of having the empty former Thrift Shop building being filled by the Haw River Christian Academy. The personal attacks are becoming vicious.

It would seem to make more sense to have that empty building filled with a positive activity and children learning. Has there been a line of other businesses waiting to lease that building? I haven't heard of any businesses trying to get into Pittsboro in that location. Why not have a private school occupy the building and bring more people into town once or twice a day? It might be good for the local businesses!

Don't be afraid!

In any case, please stop with the personal attacks. If you want Pittsboro to be a nice little town, let's stop being so mean and vindictive.

Can't we all just get along?

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