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R.B. Fitch sets example

By John Bonitz
Posted Monday, July 24, 2006

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R.B. Fitch, developer of Fearrington Village, withdrew applications to build more homes there, as well as four to five condominium buildings. Fitch could not be reached for comment Tuesday, but in e-mail to residents, he said, "It was turning into a very disruptive and non-productive ordeal, and this was not our intention." -

Fearrington Village, NC - I would like to thank Mr. R.B. Fitch. I've never met the man, but I appreciate the gesture he made last week, withdrawing his developments from the Commissioners' agenda. I heard that his proposals were NOT among the more controversial ones. In fact, I've heard high praise for his development proposals.

Seems to me he just wanted to do his part to take a little weight off the groaning, creaky structure that is county government right now. I reckon he didn't want to get lumped in with Bunkey's Rush.

I appreciate it.

I have heard other good things about this man and his businesses. He often donates use of his Barn at Fearrington to community groups. I've enjoyed attending Democratic party events there, and I gather he does the same for the Republican party.

That's the kind of community mindedness that helps bring folks together.

I wish our commissioners had as much wisdom. Instead, they take rash action to gerrymander the county voting districts, with the goal of electing County Commissioners by district.

The result will be still more divisiveness in future: Any commissioner elected under this system will have zero incentive to represent the interests of anyone outside their district. We are inviting the same style of pork-barrel politics that we all dislike on the Federal level.

With such ugliness coming from a lame-duck board of commissioners, it's hard to focus on the positives.

Thanks again to Mr Fitch for setting an example.

John Bonitz
Silk Hope, NC

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