Just not safe
Regarding “Bias undermines cyclists’ safety (CHN, May 20)
Thank you, Tim Flynn, for this column.
I have biked the Bolin Creek trail in Chapel Hill many many times and crossed in front of that gas station – just as Pam Lane did – to get to the intersection and continue my ride. Her tragic death resonates with all bicyclists in the area. I have curtailed my bicycling because of some close calls of my own.
It’s really too bad that I have to get in a car to take books back to Chapel Hill Library because it’s just not safe to bicycle in the area.
A Carrboro concern
Regarding “Carrboro ponders the cost of cool” (CHN, nando.com/1b2)
No doubt the issue of affordability is a key concern in Carrboro and in Chapel Hill. However, in any discussion about the impact of taxes on affordability, it's critical to use accurate numbers that enable apples-to-apples comparisons. This article falls short in a key way.
The 36 percent (actually, 35.1 percent) increase in town taxes over 10 years is misleading because it doesn’t take into account inflation. While inflation has been low for the last several years, over a period of 10 years the impact is still noticeable. The $1,183 in 2004 dollars is the same as $1,482.58 in 2014 dollars, a 25.3 percent increase. Therefore, in real dollar values, the taxes paid by that homeowner have increased by 7.8 percent. The percentage increase in real (inflation-adjusted) dollars is nearly one-fifth of the increase in nominal dollars.
Thanks for an important article. Just a few points of clarification. I think that I have helped some to make Carrboro an excting place to live – along with many others.
My worry is that we will become like Blowing Rock, Boulder and other communites where the middle class has been pushed out as the towns have become very desirable vibrant places to live.
The writer is a member of the Carrboro Board of Aldermen.
A skeptical eye
Regarding the article, “With money on hand, education funding tops House budget agenda,” (May 21, N&O) I think we should know by now to assess any Republican proposals on teacher salaries with a skeptical eye. It seems like the basic game plan, developed over the past couple of years, has two parts:
1) Modestly increase salaries for new teachers so NC can be sufficiently competitive with other states; whether these salary levels will attract well-qualified teachers is another matter.
2) Do not worry about the salaries of teachers with years of experience; these teachers are very likely to have strong ties to their local communities and therefore, in general, you don't have to pay adequate salaries to retain most of them.
Yes, this sounds very cynical. That's okay, if you want to see truly high-level cynicism, and really good political spin, watch what the Republicans propose in the way of tax cuts/reform for the middle class – and who actually ends up with the benefits.
The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation thanks our parents, students, and business community who worked together on April 30 and May 1 to honor all teachers and staff members in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and to kick off Teacher Appreciation Week.
The Teachers First Breakfast and Roses is an annual event that gives twice. Not only are teachers and staff honored with flowers and food, the proceeds go into the PSF fund that supports projects for them all year long. These include: financial assistance to teachers for National Board Certification; professional development; School Enrichment Grants; Teaching Chairs for Excellent Teachers and staff awards; support for novice teachers; and materials for the Educator Extra Credit Program involving local businesses that provide discounts to teachers and staff.
Parents and students donated funds so that all teachers and staff were presented with roses on April 29. Some of those were donated by Whole Foods. Then on May 1, most teachers and staff were treated to an extensive breakfast that was donated by the Chapel Hill Restaurant Group (Squid’s, 411 West, Spanky’s, MEZ and PR Grill) and its suppliers.
Chapel Hill Restaurant Group Co-owner Greg Overbeck, in particular, was enormously gracious in organizing this event. Other co-owners pitched in: Kenny Carlson, Pete Dorrance, Tom Herzog and the exceptional staff at Squid’s Restaurant: Andy Wilson, Executive Chef, Jamie Newsome, Sous Chef; Mark Jagentenfl, Ulysses Roque and Rodolfo Gonzalez, Kitchen Staff, who, along with Chelsea Herman, kept the food and service flowing.
We are also grateful to Tabor Espresso for donating coffee and to food suppliers US Foods and Sysco Foods. The event was broadcast live by WCHL radio through the hometown voice of Ron Stutts and organized by interim manager Jan Bolick.
The event raised more than $84,000 to support our community’s public school teachers and staff. It is our community’s way of showing support for public education and the hardworking, dedicated teachers and staff in our school district. Thank you to all of those who made it possible.
Teachers First Breakfast Chair
President, Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation
Executive Director, PSF
Regarding “Speakers decry Instagram post, racism at schol board meeting,” (CHN, nando.com/19m)
Honestly it hurts when I come home and see all this bull on the news about these racial statuses on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. It hurts when I’m in class and we have a discussion about racism and ignorant people say that we blacks should get over it. That we should accept it. When they say it’s not gonna change.
It hurts when I am told ¨I act white.” It hurts knowing that as a black man in society I have a 33 percent chance of being imprisoned. It hurts knowing that in my future I am bound to be paid less that a white man with less credentials than I.
It hurts knowing that people in society believe that there is equality for me. It hurts when I am in my A.P. classes or honors classes and I look around and notice I’m the only colored one in the class. It hurts when I am put in a class that I didn't sign up for and they tell me it is a class meant for kids who they believe took on a work load and when I look around the class room I only see blacks. Honestly sometimes it hurts me knowing that ... I am black.
Carrboro High School
Regarding “Tibetan monks bring message to Carrboro” (CHN, nando.com/1ay)
What a beautiful lesson from the monks of Drepung Gomang Monastery: impermanence in all people, places, and things and hopefully impermanence in the current political situation in Tibet