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Arguments about Chatham Park are the same as those about Fearrington in the 1970s[Nov. 14, 2013]
The various comments on Chatham Park, its development and planning are inspiring. A wide range of perspectives offer better understanding of the process. Al Cooke described a very broad picture and time line in his Chatlist post today. I am grateful for his comments. There are, obviously, people who do not want it in Pittsboro or in Chatham. As Al pointed out, he is surprised that we are not already developed in a fashion similar to Cary and Apex. I recall the debates about Fearrington when it was started in the late 1970's. I find it humorous that the same arguments were used then as today. It is too large. There will be too many people. They aren’t like us. The traffic will be a problem not solved by our roads and highways.
Growth around Pittsboro will happen with a plan, with multiple small plans, or without any plan at all[Nov. 7, 2013]
I have been observing the process of Chatham Park for more than five years, which makes me wonder why all the discussion only now. It seems to bring out more heat than light. Perhaps I've just been in place to have more opportunity to notice what's going on. But I can look at a map of North Carolina and find Raleigh. It's bigger than is used to be. And I can find Apex that was once a small rural town as was Cary before it. The only surprise for me will be if in 30 years Pittsboro and surrounding areas are not similarly developed. As Dr. Dykers suggests, it's a population issue.
Chatham Park - The proving ground of the republic versus regionalism[Sep. 17, 2013]
Last month's installment of "progressivethinking"inthe Indy Week containsthe article "Chatham Park:jumping the shark?" Panning the planning already investedinthe finest and largest development Chatham County will see, the editorial and political views are transparent.
Special interest groups ignore education[Aug. 19, 2013]
There are some dishonest but powerful special interests in Raleigh who are forgetting what our public schools are all about. Instead of focusing on the kids, they’re focusing on one thing: money for their union members.
Hoodwinking education — Lies continue[Aug. 16, 2013]
With a wink and a nod, the left-wing media continues to help push the deceptive agenda of the teachers union (NCAE) in the Tar Heel State. It is readily apparent that neither the NCAE nor the media support real educational reform in North Carolina. The original lie touted by the NCAE was that Republicans were firing thousands of teachers and cutting the education budget. After being forced to retract those fabrications, a new falsehood has emerged
North Carolina K-12 education cuts: Outright lies[Aug. 7, 2013]
Vladimir Lenin said, “A lie told often enough becomes the truth.” Professional educrats (education bureaucrats) and their buddies in the mainstream media have taken this quote to heart. Before Republicans passed the recent state budget, pundits on the Left had been screaming for weeks that spending on K-12 education was being cut by hundreds of millions of dollars. Here is just a little fact check for those who live in reality: Republicans increased North Carolina K-12 education funding by almost five percent or $361,407,582.
‘Moron Monday’ Remarks Way Off Base[Jul. 10, 2013]
Several weeks ago I penned a column where I referred to the weekly protests by political leftists at the General Assembly as “Moron Monday.” I was completely off base and now realize my mistake. With the latest revelations from the Civitas Institute, I should have referred to the demonstrations as “Money Monday.” Researchers at Civitas have spent many weeks compiling flowcharts and tracing money flows not only to Reverend William Barber’s groups (receiving over $1 million a year from state coffers), but also to allied organizations that have raked in $100+ million from the North Carolina Treasury in the last few years.
The Jordan Lake rules are the best[Jun. 17, 2013]
I was involved with the establishment of the Jordan Lake rules to a degree. I attended stakeholder meetings and commented with legislators present before its passage. As a founder and past-president of the Haw River Assembly, as author and director of the "Haw River Drinking Water Survey, 1985," I had a stake in this rule and in the water quality of the Haw River. The Bynum cancer studies pointed to a drinking water problem.
Moron Monday shows radical Left just doesn’t get it[Jun. 7, 2013]
The circus came to the State Capitol this week, complete with clowns, a carnival barker and a sideshow. Several hundred people – mostly white, angry, aged former hippies – appeared and screeched into microphones, talked about solidarity and chanted diatribes. It was “liberal theater” at its best.
Why ChathamArts is worthy of some county support[May 23, 2013]
My name is Gina Harrison. I’m an arts education advocate here in Chatham County—founding president of the NHS Arts Education Foundation, a board member of ArtsNC, and a volunteer serving on the Board of ChathamArts. I would like to suggest you consider a slightly different question tonight as you deliberate—Does the mission and do the activities of ChathamArts advance YOUR goals and objectives for our county now and could it be more effective in working together in the future?
How Carol Folt works[May 20, 2013]
Perhaps the best way to understand the events of the past few weeks is as the final expression of Carol Folt’s ugly view
of Dartmouth. She and a small number of professors have taken the current situation and used it to fit their politics and their agenda for the College. The effort became clear on Tuesday, April 23, when the decision to shut down the College for a day was made by a small, insider set of Folt loyalists.
Carol Folt’s dishonest facts[Apr. 25, 2013]
In her speech today in front of Dartmouth Hall, future UNC Chapel Hill chancellor, Carol Folt summarized the events that led to the College’s shutdown: Today is much more than about a specific protest. If it was just a specific event we would not have taken this step. We would and will, as we always do, privately follow our processes and policies, and we will, as we always do, privately follow our processes and policies pertaining to individuals responsible for the hate speech. We will not try this in the court of public opinion.
Carol Folt: An undistinguished choice[Apr. 12, 2013]
UNC has made a curious choice for its next Chancellor, one that has people in New Hampshire wondering just how the school came to its decision. Carol Folt was passed over twice for Dartmouth’s Presidency, first when Jim Yong Kim was picked for the position in 2009, and then again in 2012 after Kim precipitously left the College to lead the World Bank, at which point the University of Michigan’s Provost Philip Hanlon was chosen.
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