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Some of us don't pretend[Oct. 14, 2014]
I read a recent Chatham Chatlist post that reminded me why I don't pretend. With that said, this is my opinion, so let's pretend things are different just to paint a rosy picture that goes both ways. Let's pretend voters didn't get so tired of tax increases and other B.S. that they didn't vote in the current board of commissioners. Let's pretend that the silent majority hadn't had enough of their tax dollars being wasted that they voted to remove those who didn't listen to what the majority wanted. Let's pretend one of the last commissioners didn't get thrown in jail. Let's pretend that no one will ever be held responsible for their actions or what they say.
Investing in forests, trees, etc.[Oct. 14, 2014]
I am glad John Dykers mentioned the possibility that he might "replant with pines to send great grandchildren to school." The proper management he mentions is an investment as well as long term commitment.
Party line prejudices in Chatham County[Sep. 30, 2014]
Well, I am glad to know someone caught me in the act. I am now prejudiced, uncompassionate, Hispanophobic, and, by inference, close-minded. Pardon me if I recount social history of Chatham County. I moved here fifty years ago and have seen too many changes to list. I have absorbed viewpoints with which I once disagreed, educated myself on the major movements of society, seen politics alter our lives, and have become friends with political foes of decades past.
Red people? Blue people? What's the difference?[Sep. 17, 2014]
In my near 50 years one thing that has always been crystal clear is that red people are Republican, blue people are Democrats. The red or mostly red with white and blue elephant represents the GOP. The blue or mostly blue with red and white donkey, ass, mule, whatever you prefer to call it represented Democrats. These are two set in stone facts so when election times came candidates from either party would use either the symbol or color of their respective parties so voters would see their campaign signs and know what party to associate them with.
There are plusses and minuses of changes in population and technology[Sep. 9, 2014]
This wish does not recognize the reality that Pittsboro shriveled to near death when the 'Label Plant' closed and the area had not yet experienced the economic boost from spillover from the Research Triangle Park. I don't know when thencphoenix was born or moved to Chatham County, but we all have to accept the plusses and minuses of changes in population and technology.
Entire hog farm industry is sitting on a gold mine of hog manure[Sep. 9, 2014]
I was one of the neighbors opposed to the hog farm being built just east of my home. At the time I told the builder that if he would live there instead of in Sanford, I would have no objections. He modified his plans, built the hog farm, and I have never smelled a whiff, and have not heard complaints from any other neighbors even closer than I.
Jeff Starkweather's framily is suing Pittsboro over Chatham Park[Aug. 26, 2014]
Looks like the former leader of the Chatham Coalition hate group, Jeffrey Starkweather has filed a lawsuit against Chatham Park and the town of Pittsboro. According to the court filing, here is a list of Jeff Starkweather's framily that is suing Pittsboro over Chatham Park
The truth about arts funding in Chatham County[Aug. 23, 2014]
I can appreciate that there is frustration that the Chatham Arts Council is not government funded. It's just that Brian Bock, Pam Stewart and Walter Petty campaigned and have governed on three guiding priorities: Public Safety, Education and Public Health. The Commissioners chose to fund a new women's shelter because our women and children in danger in Chatham County need a safe place to live when they are in crisis. We also needed to fund teachers in Chatham County. Did you know that Chatham County is the only county in the state to locally fund teachers due to shortfalls coming down from the state and federal government? If the commissioners didn't have strict priorities we wouldn't have this funding and our students would lose out. Education would suffer.
Dead trees at Jordan Lake are an example of nature and human engineering at odds[Aug. 14, 2014]
The dead trees at Jordan Lake are an example of nature and human engineering at odds. A “natural” cause if there ever was one. The area of which you speak is called a sub-impoundment. Several waterfowl sub-impoundments were constructed to replace the habitat and hunting opportunities that were lost when the reservoir flooded the Cape Fear River Basin. This sub-impoundment is connected to the main lake by a culvert that passes under highway 64
Four Pinocchios! Former Chatham Commissioner Sally Kost is caught lying once again[Aug. 11, 2014]
Former Chatham County Commissioner and Chatham Coalition member Sally Kost has exhibited a persistent habit of trying to redo the "truth" to meet her political agenda. In fact these attempts by Sally Kost to rewrite the "truth" have been going on for years. To paraphrase Jack Nicholas from "A Few Good Men" - Sally Kost can't handle the truth!
Chatham Park can not be anything like a sequel to Research Triangle Park[Aug. 4, 2014]
I do not really have an opinion about the Chatham Park development, as I know our rural, agricultural, and mostly bucolic county is already experiencing the indicators of ugly little developments all over the county that doom us to a future of identity-less suburban transformation. I prefer planned development, and just wish that our county leaders had developed a real land use plan of our own decades ago, instead of leaving it to the profit-makers who don't care as we do about the nature of the county or keeping its North Carolina flavor.
Political affiliation and surveys[Aug. 4, 2014]
Tom Glendenning, you are welcome to send me your survey of non-affiliated voters. But chances are good that the same impulses that lead me to not affiliate with a political party also inform my reluctance to complete a survey. Decades ago I was subjected to a well respected personality inventory. Many of the questions were of the type that asked if I would prefer to be a doctor or a carpenter. The only answer I could imagine to be close to the truth was â€œno.â€ That answer was not an option.
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