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Out of Control?

By Bruce Ladd
Posted Saturday, February 26, 2005

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I noted a Chatlist contribution today from a person who identified himself as Ken Harris. His purpose in writing seemed to be to attack Democrats who have served in official capacities in Chatham County in recent years, especially those who voted on any aspect of the Briar Chapel development.

Mr. Harris's anger appears to be such that at one point he said: "But why couldn't...your new posterboy for empty votes (Bob) Atwater make Briar Chapel go away...?" My goodness, in so doing, he attacked an honest man who tried his level best to make Briar Chapel as acceptable an addition to our community as it could be, a man whose personal integrity is beyond question, and a man who now is
dedicating his life to assisting Chatham, Durham and Lee residents from his new position as State Senator from North Carolina's new 18th District.

If there were too many other people with Mr. Harris's mindset, I'm afraid no coherent person would ever step forward to serve in local public office. Whatever one may think personally of Senator Atwater or of his former colleagues on the Chatham County Board of Commissioners, it must be recognized that they are decent human beings who are trying to make a positive difference under very trying circumstances.

I trust that Mr. Harris will make an effort to factor this in when he next issues such a widespread attack on good people.

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