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Examining property tax revaluations
[Apr. 2, 2009] I worked in the tax department for almost two years doing property appraisals during the 2000 revaluation. The procedures for appraisal are codified in the state statute, and, as you surmised, are based on values for sales occurring before the crash because few sales occurred afterwards. So, the comparable values (sales) are stuck at a higher level than sales might be if properties were actually sold at today's values. By Tom Glendinning
Also: County budget info
Let's bring the Pittsboro Teen Center back to life
[Mar. 30, 2009] I have the legal records and related non-profit paperwork from an entity that was set up a few years back called the Pittsboro Teen Center. I think it would not take much to bring it back to life, and this is why I saved all the files in good order. They live in one of those indestructible portable plastic files waiting for their next use. By Claire Kane
Let's have some sort of club for Horton students
[Mar. 27, 2009] I am a parent of a wonderful 13 year old who has aged out of any local after-school program and is too young to work. We live in such a rural area and I am finding myself unable to find a place for my son to go after school or spend the summer. I am aware of the fact that many of the Horton Middle School students frequently walk downtown after school to hang out at the local restaurants until their parents are able to pick them up after school. By Carol Thurber
Plants that deer do not eat
[Mar. 22, 2009] As a landscape designer and landscape contractor I have been maintaining a list of plants that 'deer do not eat' for the last ten years. Over the years I deleted many, many plants from the list as the pressure from deer browse has increased. Three identified instances of significant browsing and the plant get knocked off of my list. By Matthew Arnsberger
Profiling and illegal immigration in Chatham County
[Mar. 21, 2009] The issue of racial profiling has been raised as one reason why enforcing our laws against illegal immigration is not do-able. I think this is probably the strongest argument the pro-illegal group has going for them. There are real dangers of this occurring. We know that it happens from time to time against our own citizens in the enforcement of other laws--or even just the "possible" enforcement of other laws. By Brenda Denzler
There is so much energy and good will for a bus service between Pittsboro and Chapel Hill
[Mar. 19, 2009] Getting around in Chatham County without a car is difficult. With little employment to anchor Pittsboro residents to their home turf, folks scatter in all directions every morning to earn their daily bread. About 13% of the workforce at UNC and UNC Hospital travel the 15-501 corridor to reach Chapel Hill. By Tim Keim
More information about whitetail deer than you want to knowMore information about whitetail deer than you want to know
[Mar. 11, 2009] The image painted of deer hunters also is interesting though not too accurate. Surely there are examples of "trophy buck hunters" just as there are "meat hunters" but by far the majority of hunters across our state fall into a place I call deer hunting. We kill many more does than bucks, use the meat from our kills and share the venison with others who will use it. By Aaron Honeycutt
Was Commissioner Lucier really a hero for backing out of a public forum?
[Mar. 7, 2009] This is in response to Mr. Phillips and Ms Miller's postings about what a hero Commissioner Lucier was by backing out of attending the CCV meeting at the last minute. He really saved himself from the "lynching meeting manipulated by outside hate groups" (Mr. Phillips) and "the clan meeting" (Ms. Miller) as they put it. The only thing is --- I, a concerned United States, Chatham County tax-paying, law-abiding citizen actually attended that meeting on Thursday evening at the Dockside (just wanted to make sure they had the correct meeting.) By Linda Bienvenue
The abundance of deer in this area will turn out to be a blessing
[Mar. 7, 2009] As an organic farmer in the area I would like to add my two cents to the deer population debate. Chatham County has a huge deer population, they are part of our environment and I too love to see them, however, feeding them is not a natural part of the process. By Pamela Costenbader
Gary and Meg paint Chatham neighbors with the "racist" brush
[Mar. 7, 2009] There is no denying that for some people, the reason to oppose illegal immigration boils down to racism. And that is reprehensible. But it is a huge mistake to believe that all reasons for opposing illegal immigration boil down to racism. Yet that is exactly what Gary and Meg seem to do. By Brenda Denzler
Commissioner George Lucier weasels out of commitment to attend public forumCommissioner George Lucier weasels out of commitment to attend public forum
[Mar. 2, 2009] Shame on you, Commissioner Lucier, for weaseling out of your commitment to meet with a group of people who don't share your ideology. I won't mention that ideology, since it is obvious. By Ed Williams
Lucier was smart to back out of the public forumLucier was smart to back out of the public forum
[Mar. 2, 2009] George Lucier "backs out" of citizen forum? Backs out or is smart enough to see a set up coming? Is that really a citizen forum? Sounds like a klan meeting to me. By Meg Miller
Commissioner Lucier made the right decision nor to attend the public forumCommissioner Lucier made the right decision nor to attend the public forum
[Mar. 1, 2009] No public official should submit themselves to lynching meetings manipulated by outside hate groups. I read the flyers being secretly distributed in Silk Hope, and I've been to the websites of Ali-PAC and the other organizations with a lot of bad-mouth and almost no members, and I've read the national reports about these groups. By Gary Phillips
Development around Chatham is what is moving more deer into the county.
[Mar. 1, 2009] Deer are part of the ticks' ability to move about but so are the raccoons, the o'possums, the foxes, coyotes, squirrels, dogs, cats, and the myriad of other animals in our woods. Are we to also do something about cutting their population? By Sherri Oakley
Deer overpopulation is a major contributor to the spread of tick-borne diseases
[Mar. 1, 2009] My greater concerns and interest lie in the issue of deer overpopulation. I read up on the issue and talk about it most anytime the subject relates to landscapes (can’t help myself). Deer overpopulation is a major contributor to the spread of ticks and tick-borne diseases, as well a major spreader of microstegium (bamboograss). Deer are devastating our natural areas and ornamental landscapes. By Matthew Arnsberger

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