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Opponents of Chatham County policy changes try intimidation

By Donna Kelly
Posted Friday, June 24, 2011

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Pittsboro, NC - I want to express my support for the work the Chatham board of commissioners has been doing this year. I’ve been following the BOC closely for the last two years with a lot of time spent reading minutes and reports going back many years beyond that. I started following the board because I was concerned about some of their decisions. I feel much more confident with the direction the new board majority is taking Chatham County than what I’ve seen in the past. I appreciate the extra attention to results rather than appearance.

No one is proposing to trash the environment or round up illegal immigrants for deportation in Chatham County.

I realize that it may appear there are more opponents of the new board than supporters by the attendance at BOC meetings. However, we must remember that there are many ways to contact commissioners outside of public input sessions. The majority of people in this county are busy taking care of their families rather than trying to push their agenda on the rest of the county. They believe that they are ultimately responsible for their lives, not the government, so they don’t feel the need to continually appeal to the government on every issue.

Apparently the opponents of the current policy changes feel the need to intimidate by creating a spectacle at public meetings or feel that the only voices that matter are those that show up at public hearings because they are appalled by recent actions. The opponents of the last board were appalled as well by the actions they saw. Instead of making threats and creating a scene we went to the polls and elected new commissioners. Instead of following their every move, most of these people went back to living their own lives and trusting their representatives to do their jobs based on the principles they expressed during the campaign.

No one is proposing to trash the environment or round up illegal immigrants for deportation in Chatham County. Just because someone doesn’t agree with your approach doesn’t mean they don’t want to reach similar goals. It’s time to stop with the misinformation and inflammatory rhetoric and be willing to consider some new ideas and approaches to the way we do things.

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