Most precious right
There were two demonstrations in the town of Hillsborough this past Saturday afternoon. Though they were about the same issue – the history and future of a flag – the points of view expressed were radically different. Regardless of the outcome of this dialogue we should find a certain comfort in knowing that all of us, no matter who we are and no matter what we believe, can express our opinions without fear that state or federal officials could force us into silence. The right of free speech is, perhaps, our most precious right, since without it whatever other rights we can claim are severely, in some cases mortally, diminished.
Of equal importance, these demonstrations were peaceful; our citizens were safe. Inconvenience to the town was minimal. Thanks go to the town of Hillsborough and the Hillsborough Police Department for their professional response to a potentially difficult situation. Also to be commended are the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Services personal for their efforts. Their presence and dedication to our ideals ensured that everyone involved returned safely to their homes. Teamwork, collaboration, and the commitment to put our best foot forward as a community bodes well for the future, no matter where this vital exchange of ideas might take us.
The writer is the chair of the Board of Orange County Commissioners
Regarding the cover story about Top Of The Hill distillery (CHN, nando.com/1v7)
Can it be true that consumers are prevented from buying anything more than one bottle per year from this distillery? From a local company that employs local people and contributes to the local economy?
I’m more of a beer guy, I don’t have a dog in the fight, but that restriction is completely wrong-headed and reeks of political hubris. The question is, is business good for for Chapel Hill? For North Carolina? Is it good, or bad, to allow a local company to devise a new income stream and deliver an economic benefit to this town?
Ignoring the law
Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt asserts in a Chapelboro.com story (Sanctuary status can “create a safer community,” Aug 5) that ignoring federal immigration law and declaring Chapel Hill a “sanctuary city” makes Chapel Hill safer. Perhaps the mayor can stop ignoring my email from almost a month ago and answer specific questions regarding this status and crime statistics.
Where can residents see and read the actual policy guidelines of how the Chapel Hill Police Department will deal with illegal aliens? How many illegal aliens in the last five years have been released back into our community while they had a warrant of any type, be that an immigration warrant or any other? Please provide the specifics of any subsequent arrest or detainment of anyone previously released under the sanctuary city policy.
Last, the mayor should explain to Chapel Hill residents the hypocrisy of the town ignoring laws it doesn’t like (federal immigration or even the Chapel Hill ordinances that Occupy Chapel Hill consistently violated while camping on town property) but expecting the private citizen to abide by those that we find equally distasteful.
I received my 2015 property tax bill this week, reflecting an almost 15 percent increase over the last seven years despite property values not appreciating nearly the same and wages remaining stagnant. If Chapel Hill residents are tired of these annual increases, perhaps we should all claim the “Mayor Kleinschmidt” exemption and not be burdened to follow the law. Ignoring laws that we don’t like should not be a special privilege just for the mayor and Town Council, be they immigration, tax law or any other.
McCain a hero?
Regarding Bob Wilso’s guest column “Trump motor mouth in overdrive”
I am surprised to find how many people are on John McCain’s side. Are these the same people that marched, rioted, burned our flag and were against the Vietnam War? Our soldiers certainly were not heroes when they were fighting for a lost cause. I can remember when our heroes could not wear their uniforms on campus. We have short convenient memories! What hypocrites we are! Now that he is a hero, was he when you voted for him to become the president?
Hero or not has nothing to do with my wanting McCain to shut up and sit down for the last six or seven years. He talks when he should keep his mouth shut. He is as bad in his own way as “the Donald,” just a little more subtle. I’ve not read one time about Hillary being so mean spirited. She can’t be honest enough to tell you what kind of ice cream she likes.
We are so sick of the lies and riding the fence from our government, it is refreshing to hear Trump telling the truth. That’s why his ratings are so high. If his personality was nice, he would become our next president. I believe he would be honest enough to tell which member of Congress voted for what issue. I also believe they are afraid of him for that reason! While we want these two men to shut up, let’s add Boehner to that list. He’s a lot more dangerous. He looks and acts like a drunken basset hound dog. Now I have offended dogs!