Chapel Hill: Opinion

July 29, 2014

Your letters, July 30

Our hearts go out to Professor Liu’s family, loved ones and colleagues during this very difficult time and in the wake of an unspeakable and senseless tragedy.

Senseless tragedy

Dear Chapel Hill Community:

Our hearts go out to Professor Liu’s family, loved ones and colleagues during this very difficult time and in the wake of an unspeakable and senseless tragedy.

Safety is our highest community priority.

During this difficult time, we are reminded of the importance of the partnerships that have been formed between the University and the Town. None are stronger than the partnership between the Chapel Hill Police Department and the university’s Department of Public Safety.

Both of our departments embrace community-based policing and support our community safety partnerships with students, faculty, staff, business leaders, residents and community organizations.

We understand our residents will be concerned any time a crime like this occurs in our community. Our departments will continue to listen to you, share information and vigilantly work together to determine how we can keep our community safe.

Chris Blue

Chief, Chapel Hill Police Department

Jeff B. McCracken

Chief and director, UNC Department of Public Safety

Why they’re coming

The problem with this isn't that one of the suspects was “between rehab programs” (CHN, July 27). The problem was that both of the suspects were well-known violent criminals left to wander our streets victimizing more people.

The professor was at the very least a guest in our country. He had every right to believe that the worst criminals were locked safely away from him. Instead, we've set up some elaborate charade where repeat violent offenders are running about, knocking decent folks upside the head with a rock and stealing their money.

We can also conclude that the criminals know that no one on UNC's campus is armed. Criminals like these two are hanging about near UNC, and judging by some of the UNC Alerts, actually coming on campus to rob people.

Perhaps the good professor would not have wanted to carry a gun. That would certainly have been his choice. But don't think for one second that the criminals don't know all their victims are unarmed and helpless. That's why they are coming to UNC to commit their crimes.

Sean Sorrentino

via Facebook

Why it continues

Unless and until our country decides to get serious about stopping or at least deterring violent criminal activity, it will continue. And the only way to accomplish that is for swift, certain, and severe punishment for violent criminal activity. Sad to say that ideology found in bastions of liberalism like Chapel Hill are what allows such behavior to continue.

Mark Brooks

via Facebook

A great loss

I was a student of Dr Liu in pharmacy school. He really took his time to help me and to explain difficult material when I asked him for assistance. He was extremely smart man.

What happened is so horrible. And in Chapel Hill where it is supposed to be safe. In the daytime! I feel very sad and angry. These two pieces of filth were quickly arrested, but it will not bring Dr Liu back.

This is a great loss for school, for the scientific community, but especially for his family.

Tanya Daniels


What will it take?

Troy Arrington Jr. has many priors, including two convictions for carrying a concealed weapon as a convicted felon, drug dealing, and two separate convictions for assaulting a female. Yet he is out walking the streets. And now he has killed somebody.

I am all for reforming the reformable. But for all this the guy received no sentence longer than a year. What will it take? Moving these guys into the house next door of some of these judges to get these violent predators off the streets to keep our neighborhoods safe?

Christoper Rose

via Facebook

Who’s pulling strings?

In Mr. Waldon’s recent rebuttal (“We do it right,” CHN, July 23) to another writer’s expressed fear that Chapel Hill is becoming an “interchangeable” clone city, he declared one of his many reasons for loving Chapel Hill is our “robust” dialogue(s). Then he proceeded to laud the mayor and Town Council who bullied form-based code onto us in two votes of 8-1 and 6-3 via the Ephesus-Fordham approvals.

Personally, I have not decided whether what will now be developed will be too tall or too much concrete, because I haven’t seen anything but internationalist–stylized perspective sketches (which did actually look a bit clone-like) and which don’t indicate the true-scale juxtaposition with existing communities.

However, I do know why I was very much opposed to adoption of form-based code for Ephesus-Fordham: it’s because the Town Council and government, as initiator of this project, placed its desire to work with developer(s) ahead of making a chartered commitment with the citizens of the town defining what the development goals shall be.

Also, rather than considering a comprehensive district-based, responsible approach to stormwater management, it currently intends to allow developer(s) of individual Ephesus-Fordham tracts to do so based on their calculation of the post-development 25-year storm not exceeding the (also calculated) pre-development storm for their property alone, even if that property’s surface is already highly impervious.

Widespread community opposition to passage of form-based code, for whatever reason, was well-voiced by Chapel Hill citizens, and not particularly in an anti-development tone, as has incorrectly been claimed by some.

Has the town become a puppet for the developer of some of the properties Mr. Waldon rattled off as valued assets in our community’s fabric? And if this is so, why does the town find itself in such precarious finances that it is mortgaging the Town Hall to jumpstart the (yet to be defined) public improvements at Ephesus-Fordham?

And Mr. Waldon, if your rebuttal is an endorsement of dialogue leading to prudent council action, then I suggest that neither you, nor they, know its true value, as can also aptly be expressed in a polling booth.

Dale Coker

Chapel Hill

Support Clean Power

On July 21, I joined many North Carolinians at The United Church of Chapel Hill to show my support for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. With rising sea levels threatening our coast, global warming isn’t just a threat to North Carolina’s future. It’s here now.

If we want to leave our children a safer, healthier planet, we need to act. And now is our biggest and best opportunity.

The EPA has proposed a rule to reduce global warming pollution from power plants – the single largest source of the pollution that fuels global warming. Unfortunately some in Congress are working actively to block EPA’s authority under the Clean Air Act to limit dangerous carbon pollution. With so much at stake, we need leaders to stand up to the polluters.

Senator Hagen should stand up for North Carolina and push back against polluters’ attacks on this critical step to tackle global warming. Our children’s future depends on it. ​

Nate McClafferty

Duke University

In a topsy-turvy world

What can be said in a topsy-turvy world of today about God.

Nietzche proclaimed God is dead. I say God is immortial.

He/She is beyond Life and Death.

Darwin said we evolved from lower species. I say the

process is of creative evolution.

Freud said God is a projection of the Father imago

I say there are two interpretations of Freud, theist

and atheist. In the latter God does not exist, but is rather

a projection. In the former God is a projection inasmuch

as we project Father/Mother on to God, an anthroporfication

That God does not exist can not be proven.

Bradford Lee Jensen

Chapel Hill

12-year-old can do it

C’mon y’all. The new recycle bins are big, but my 12-year-old who weighs all of 80 pounds gets it up and down our steep, uneven driveway without a problem.

Yes, the color could’ve been more subtle, but maybe its brightness will remind people to recycle.

It beats the old totes hands down.

Susan Prytherch

Chapel Hill

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