This website is accessible to all versions of every browser. However, you are seeing this message because your browser does not support basic Web standards, and does not properly display the site's design details. Please consider upgrading to a more modern browser. (Learn More).

You are here: home > opinion > chatlist chatters

Where is Chatham County going?

By Ed Williams
Posted Sunday, May 21, 2006

e-mail E-mail this page   print Printer-friendly page

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?

e-mail E-mail this page
print Printer-friendly page

Got Feedback?
Send a letter to the editor.

Chatham Chatlist

Sign up for the Chatham Chatlist. Find out what your friends and neighbors are saying about what's going on in Chatham County.

Promote your business at

Subscribe now: RSS news feed, plus FREE headlines for your site