Chapel Hill: Opinion

August 8, 2014

Your letters, Aug. 10

The community has the right to be forewarned of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School Board’s potential proposal to help balance the budget on their backs of custodial staff.

Outrageous school cut

The community has the right to be forewarned of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School Board’s potential proposal to help balance the budget on their backs of custodial staff.

Thank you Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School Board member James Barrett for your leadership. Thank you for recognizing the importance of ensuring that the school community and taxpayers are informed of school board deliberations.

I am deeply concerned about the proposed custodial staff cuts. It’s an outrageous suggestion. When I taught in the CHCCS many on the custodial staff were citizens who lived within our community whose families and children attended our schools. It is offensive to think there are those in our community and on the school board who would eliminate community-based work that supports community families in favor of a corporate service crew.

Chapel Hill-Carrboro community, I urge you to be attentive and signal the CHCCS Board of your displeasure with this proposal before their Thursday, Aug. 14, meeting.

Randee Haven-O’Donnell

The writer is a member of the Carrboro Board of Aldermen

Welcome neighbors

Many Meadowmont residents eagerly awaited welcoming our new neighbors at the Arc of Orange Apartments (CHN, bit.ly/1vmjSQb). The Meadowmont Community Association hosted a continental breakfast for the ribbon cutting grand opening. There were many happy faces and congratulations at the happy event.

Now, we look forward to getting to know our new neighbors and making the Meadowmont community home for all of our wonderful residents.

Yvonne Mendenhall

Meadowmont

Animal waste crisis

Last weekend the drinking water of 400,000 Toledo residents was fouled by animal waste. With unfettered growth of animal agriculture and ineffective discharge regulations, it will happen again in our own state.

The problem has become pervasive. Waste from chicken farms has rendered ocean off the East Coast unfit for fishing. Waste from Midwest cattle ranches carried by Mississippi River has created a permanent “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico larger than that of the infamous 2010 BP oil spill.

Animal agriculture dumps more pollution to our waterways than all other human activities combined. Principal pollutants are animal manure, fertilizers, as well as soil particles, organic debris, and pesticides from feed cropland. Manure and fertilizers promote growth of toxic algae that poison drinking water supplies. Organic matter feeds microorganisms that deplete oxygen and kill fish.

Effective regulations to limit dumping of animal waste into water supplies have been blocked by the meat industry.

Fortunately, every one of us has the power to stop this outrage three times a day by saying “no” to polluting meat and dairy products. Our local supermarket offers ample alternatives. Entering “live vegan” in a search engine provides useful recipes and transition tips.

Caesar Bianchi

Chapel Hill

Governor’s disdain

Our governor has been generous in saving puppies from puppy mills, but his warning that children who have been able to leave crime-infected countries must somehow be sent back shows his disdain for human beings.

Is it because the puppy mill dogs were born here? Sorry, governor (you don't deserve a capital G on that word), your priorities are askew.

Carol Reuss

Chapel Hill

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