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How the Comprehensive Conservation Plan for Chatham County was paid forHow the Comprehensive Conservation Plan for Chatham County was paid for
[Sep. 15, 2011] I'm writing in response to Mr. Glendinning's recent post which incorrectly stated that the Comprehensive Conservation Plan for Chatham County was paid for by "government (taxpayer) monies." The majority of the funding was not, in fact, from government (taxpayer) monies; and no monies were received from the NC Wildlife Resources Commission. By Allison Weakley
 
Hunting deer with dogs would be beneficial in Chatham CountyHunting deer with dogs would be beneficial in Chatham County
[Sep. 14, 2011] My bias: We have lots of deer in Chatham County and hunting and eating them would be beneficial for all the citizens who live in Chatham County and all who drive through. By John R Dykers
 
Feeding the liberal myth that all evil rests within the private sector is fear mongering of the worst kindFeeding the liberal myth that all evil rests within the private sector is fear mongering of the worst kind
[Sep. 14, 2011] In response to Ms. Strouble's post on September 3, I have a few comments: First, result is confused with intent. You assume an action with which you disagree is motivated by an misguided or evil intent. Second, you claim that all the changes in regulation and approvals of development have a negative impact on the environment. How do you know? What is your measuring stick? Third, the claim that Weakley's report cost taxpayers nothing is false. Fourth, you say that the private sector is responsible for all damage to the environment because it acts on the principle of greed. By Tom Glendinning
 
Forcing requirements of mileage for vehicles is a fairly useless practiceForcing requirements of mileage for vehicles is a fairly useless practice
[Sep. 9, 2011] Fuel mileage has nothing to do with regulation. My remembrance of an old Fiat and the condition of the auto industry referred to business and market movements, how we slept while Europe profited.
 
Only a few reasonably priced veterinary care options are availableOnly a few reasonably priced veterinary care options are available
[Sep. 9, 2011] It has been our experience that this area does not offer any reasonably priced veterinary care. It is all very expensive and the many that we have interviewed or visited will demand payment at the time of service, even if it is not routine. By Diana Knauer
 
Downtown Pittsboro needs every warm body it can findDowntown Pittsboro needs every warm body it can find
[Sep. 7, 2011] I am amazed that anyone could possibly see a small school in Pittsboro as a negative for business. The PTA building has been vacant for how long? Five years? There are open storefronts all over Pittsboro. The Ford building on Hillsboro street has not been fully rented in five years. The Station next to the Kerr Drugs lays nearly empty. By Gregory Stafford
 
The practice of saving energy was not invented yesterdayThe practice of saving energy was not invented yesterday
[Sep. 7, 2011] Saving energy is a good thing. It was not, however, invented yesterday or with the advent in the use of the acronym LEED. When light bulbs were first invented, people turned them off at the end of their use. Air conditioners, now considered a first amendment right, were set to the highest temperature that was comfortable. By Tom Glendinning
 
Educator joins beer parlor to block new school in PittsboroEducator joins beer parlor to block new school in Pittsboro
[Aug. 30, 2011] Well now, I have heard just about everything. A former teacher has joined forces with a local Pittsboro beer parlor to block the establishment of a children's school in downtown Pittsboro. Steve Cote, part owner of The City Tap, opposes the new school, saying it will take off the market available commercial space near the heart of downtown. In fact, the property in question has been vacant for years, with no takers, due to the high rent. By Betty Black
 
Industries that offer the best prospects for Chatham CountyIndustries that offer the best prospects for Chatham County
[Aug. 30, 2011] There is a lot of comment about how the old commissioners either scared away businesses from coming to Chatham County or weren't effective in bringing businesses to Chatham County, and how the new commissioners will do or are doing a better job. I have to plead ignorance here, as I've only lived in Chatham County since 2006 and mostly just remember the waves of residential subdivision development sweeping eastern Chatham. By Richard D. Allen
 
Chatham County Commissioners turn down “anti-growth” advocate
[Aug. 21, 2011] At the Board of Commissioners meeting on August 15, in their usual cluster stance, new members Brian Bock, Pamela Stewart, and Walter Petty rejected Commissioner Mike Cross’ nomination of Allison Weakley to the Chatham County Planning Board in a 3-2 vote. By Caroline Siverson
 
The most humane thing to do is to pay and neuter your pets
[Aug. 21, 2011] I would like to thank David Webster DVM of Hope Crossing Animal Hospital for informing that the Chatham County animal shelter no longer euthanizes animals by lethal gas. In fact this practice has not been used for years. When I adopted my cats in 2004 it was accepted knowledge that the chamber was still in use. I am so relieved to hear that the shelter stopped using this method several years ago. I was told by the shelter that feral, uncontrollable animals had to be gassed but this was gradually phased out when other methods became available. The shelter uses trained technicians certified in the practice of euthanasia (injection) when this unfortunate option becomes necessary. By Joseph Barr
 
I doubt David Price is responsible for Townsend plant's closingI doubt David Price is responsible for Townsend plant's closing
[Aug. 11, 2011] In the last Chatham Chatlist, Tom Glendenning insinuated that the state wouldn't permit Omton, the chicken plant's owner, to import cheap Ukrainian grain using North Carolina ports. He insinuates somehow we should blame David Price for that by saying we should contact him. This seems odd since David Price doesn't have authority over NC's ports, and furthermore doesn't even represent the area where either doomed chicken plant is located, or even the area where the ports are located. Why would he try to pin this on David Price? By Mike Fox
 
We should be able to turn in our plastic bags at the recycling centersWe should be able to turn in our plastic bags at the recycling centers
[Aug. 11, 2011] I would like to repeat a suggestion that I made to the centers some time ago, as others might feel the same. I recycle all my plastics, cans, bottles and mixed paper, and often bring it in plastic shopping bags. I try to remember to use my cloth reusable shopping bags when I shop, but that does not always happen, and I end up with a supply of plastic at times. By Tamara Powers
 
Keep yellowjackers off your hummingbird feeders by using PAMKeep yellowjackers off your hummingbird feeders by using PAM
[Jul. 28, 2011] I had a terrible problem with swarming on my hummingbird feeders this year, and finally googled "swarms" & "hummingbird feeders". This was the main suggestion: spray with PAM. Spray around the feeding spout or tube. It does not affect the hummers, as they actually insert their bills for feeding, but the bees, wasps, jackets, etc., cannot stay on and will slide right off.
 
Commissioner Sally Kost calls the Chatham Bookmobile a “Rolling Dinosaur”Commissioner Sally Kost calls the Chatham Bookmobile a “Rolling Dinosaur”
[Jul. 28, 2011] Glad Mark Barroso had a chance to capture one of the last rides of the Chatham Bookmobile. A bookmobile, that county commissioner Sally Kost so unkindly referred to as a “rolling dinosaur” at the June 3, 2010 commissioners’ meeting. By Tom West

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