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I'm disappointed in the other commissioners

By Judy Hogan
Posted Saturday, February 7, 2004

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Dear Commissioners and Planning Board,

I have received this in my morning e-mails today. None of the other commissioners see a problem with the staff that Bob Atwater spoke out so strongly about? It seems to me that they are either blind, naive, or simply determined not to threaten or make too much difficulty for the developers hovering all around us, especially Newland.

But the bottom line is that many, many citizens have lost faith in four of you. That's what the rally with 500 people (estimate I heard) was about, my friends. Many, many of those people worked to elect you. I think you need to wrestle with this a little more before you sound so pat. I had more faith in you than your recent words to the Chapel Hill Herald suggests that I should have.

Mr. Emerson felt that Mr. Atwater was trying to do the right thing. Does that give him pause? I hope so. It took courage to name a subtle and insidious problem that I could see as a mere citizen observer in the early days of the CCO discussions. Time for a serious look at what we're doing in this county, isn't it? I keep thinking of Mr. Outz's preoccupation with water and with saving residential taxes for our citizens. That's why I can't see why he isn't worried about the consequences of so much development if not extremely carefully monitored for the watershed (our drinking water) and for the costs to the citizens from all these new people needing schools, fire, police, staff help like we do.

Think, think.

Please be wise.

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