To all my Carrboro friends: I feel your pain!
The U.S. Postal Service forces you to have Chapel Hill addresses even though you aren’t lucky enough to live here! (CHN, bit.ly/1v6P9Rh)
I have a solution: let’s change the addresses of people in Chapel Hill to say “Carrboro.”
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There would be several benefits if we Chapel Hillians had Carrboro addresses.
For one thing, we would become much cooler.
Our Carrboro friends would be able to move into our neighborhood. (We have friends who actually wouldn’t consider living in our wonderful neighborhood simply because it wasn’t in Carrboro!)
Our Carrboro friends would no longer suffer the humiliation of having Chapel Hill addresses.
Makes no sense
I live in Carrboro and pay Carrboro taxes, but when a letter is sent to me, it must be sent to Chapel Hill. When I needed to pick up a package from the post office, I couldn’t walk over to the Carrboro post office, I needed to drive across town.
It makes no sense. I live in Carrboro, and I want a Carrboro address. If I pay taxes to this town, and receive services from this town, that should be my address. Many residents would like to see this fixed.
I find it strange that the whim of a few locals gave us an address for “image.” If that is the case, maybe I should request that all my mail be addressed to Paris, France. There's some real “cache.”
Mary Parker Sonis
Living and driving
Several years ago, I began worrying about dying on the road. Living and driving in rural Orange County, I have narrowly avoided three head-on collisions with other motorists who were trying to pass large groups of cyclists.
I was part of the original Rural Roads Safety Coalition, producing brochures, and visiting local government and cyclist shops, hoping to provide information, and create an atmosphere where motorists and cyclists can safely co-exist. This has not happened. Rather, once again, the debate has escalated.
True mutual trust may take shape as we begin to focus on common courtesies and goals that define intelligent, caring human beings. We are not there yet ... but I am hopeful.
Cyclists don’t stop
In response to Bonnie Hauser’s “Share the road goes two ways,” I couldn’t agree with her more. Then the response, “Rural cyclists respond,” as usual was typical and arrogant.
When I come up on cyclists, I give them all the room they need, I never do anything to scare them and I only pass when it’s safe, I have no problem waiting till I can pass safely. I also come to a complete stop at all stop signs.
What I have a problem with is cyclists will only stop at stop signs if they see they can’t make it through without getting hit by an auto. I’ve also seen them go through red traffic lights if they see they can make it without getting hit.
Cyclists need to be licensed and insured just like autos.
Tillis’ selective heart
It is of concern to all Chatham Citizens whether Kay Hagan or Thom Tillis is elected.
Thom Tillis ran on “Common Sense” government. By that he meant that Public Education (the Lifeline of Representative Democracy) was no good, unaccountable, and that its professional teachers were bad seed. Therefore he supported substantially reducing the per student tax dollar support for North Carolina’s Public Education. Plus he supported legislation to hand public tax dollars over to unaccountable private schools, which is prohibited by our State Constitution. Voting or Not Voting Has Consequences.
Thom Tillis supported denying Health Care to around 400,000 of our fellow North Carolina Citizens which includes Chatham County citizens. He supported blocking North Carolina’s participation in the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion. Some of our fellow citizens will die and suffer unnecessarily as a direct result of his actions. Plus his action has meant the loss of 20,000 good medical profession jobs for North Carolinian and Chatham Citizens. Political ads show that he cares a lot for the health care of one child citizen. We are all very happy for that family! But, Thom Tillis has a very, very selective heart. It does not balance out. Voting or Not Voting Has Consequences.
Does this sound like common sense government? You might ask, WHOSE common sense?
Do your homework. Don’t be tricked by slick misdirection.
Each one of us Chatham Citizens is personally experiencing multiple consequences.
There are many more examples…
Kay Hagan works every day for Chatham families!
Awards. That’s what public schools, especially high schools, are focused on nowadays.
Walking through my old high school, I noticed numerous banners commending the achievements of the students. However, most of these awards are based on scores from standardized tests. When did success become about numbers rather than the value of education.
Each year it seems that they are adding yet another standardized test for students to take. I understand that schools feel the need to measure progress, but adding more tests is not the answer.
This method of learning encourages students to memorize information to recite back on the test. Shortly after, this information is forgotten and disregarded. Students learn the tricks of tests and focus on “how to win the standardized test game.” Scores become more important than knowledge.
Yes, these scores will help you get into college or various programs, but after that those skills become useless. Many first-years struggle with college exams because of the format. They are no longer expected to recite information, but are now required to analyze and synthesize it in essays and projects.
The increase in standardized testing is killing creativity. Students no longer think of unique solutions to problems, but rather bubble in the best answer. Those scores might show “progress” in school, but creativity is what really creates progress. College students utilizing their creativity have created successful companies, such as Facebook and Google.
Attending a university in the Research Triangle, I see opportunity all around me. There are brilliant students everywhere who could create the next best idea. However, if this trend of testing continues, creativity may be squashed out before those students ever get the chance to use it.
As for me, when I complete my time as a student I would rather have experience, useful knowledge and creativity, as opposed to a banner.
Anna Elise L’hommedieu