Melissa Rooney: 751 South not wanted

June 26, 2013 

751 South not wanted

Regarding the June 12 article “Bill aims to overrule city on 751 South”: I was raised Republican and have always thought the Republican Party supported the power of local governments over state and federal micromanaging – you know, the power of town hall meetings.

So why is Republican Rep. Tim Moore considering a bill to force Durham, a city that is nowhere near his jurisdiction, to allow the development of a high-density mini-city (called 751 South) in a rural area on the banks of severely impaired Jordan Lake (a water source for Chatham, Orange and Wake counties as well as Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Morrisville and the city of Durham)?

Thanks to the developers’ deep pockets, this development has had numerous public hearings and has even subverted a valid citizen protest petition. But now the Durham City Council has, for a second time, voted down utilities and annexation, proving that Durham government heeds its residents rather than wealthy special interests.

Whether you are Republican or Democrat, whether you care about conserving water resources and/or private property rights, you should be appalled by this turn of events. It is a perfect example of what is wrong with democracy in America today.

Melissa Rooney

Durham

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