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Where is Chatham County going?

By Ed Williams
Posted Sunday, May 21, 2006

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Chatham County, NC - In today's Raleigh N&O, there is a story about Chatham County, with headline "Activist guards county's growth". It's about Jeffrey Starkweather, and the first sentence is:- "He's goofy, has a big ego, and talks too much -- and that's according to his supporters." It has a picture of him standing in front of one of the huge yellow campaign signs for the Chatham Coalition.

It has a lot of info about his activities since he came to Chatham County from - guess where? - the San Francisco - Oakland area. No surprise there. Now that he seems to be the Chairman of the Central Committee, it makes you wonder where Chatham is headed.

Being against growth can be only a part of it.

What color do you get when you mix yellow and red? Orange! Well, there is already an Orange County. And it appears we are destined (under Starkweather's great leadership) to become a southern off-shoot or appendix to Orange County, and more specifically, to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Siamese twins - the "Berkeley of the East", or perhaps the "San Francisco of the East".

This will become much more apparent after the census of 2010, when Chapel Hill (maybe Carrboro too) will have enough population to qualify them to expropriate - sorry, I mean annex - areas five miles into Chatham County. I doubt if they will encounter much resistance from Starkweather and the Coalition - especially if Gary Phillips makes a comeback.

So is Chatham going to be its own county? Where are we headed? Any ideas?

 
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