Chapel Hill: Opinion

July 4, 2014

Your letters, July 6

The race for Orange County sheriff is not over. A runoff election began July 3, with final voting in all precincts July 15.

Caldwell is tireless

The race for Orange County sheriff is not over. A runoff election began July 3, with final voting in all precincts July 15.

David Caldwell is the best man for the job. Even after his military service of eight years and extensive law enforcement career of 22-plus years, he continued to uphold the peace and safety of Orange County through personal commitment to community.

He’s a tireless advocate and volunteer for the environment and intercultural understanding. He helped develop a community garden, community food banks, affordable housing, and an after-school program. He founded a community center to create academic and educational opportunities, raise environmental awareness, improve health, and offer a gathering place to foster relationships in a community that embraces the diversity of its citizens. He knows the value of good communication and cooperation in and out of the sheriff's office.

David Caldwell lives and breathes peace and justice every day. He’s a man of honor who will bring his passion and commitment to the office of sheriff, treating people with the same respect and integrity he does daily.

Runoff elections are historically not well attended. Please take the time to vote, and vote for the man best qualified to lead Orange County in a positive direction.

Virginia Leslie

Orange County

Return the signs

Where are the David Caldwell for Sheriff signs?

Fair elections don’t start when voting starts, they start when the candidates begin to campaign. The right to campaign and to get your message out and your name in public in preparation for the elections comes under Freedom of Speech.

I have noticed when I’m driving around the Carrboro-Chapel Hill area I see only two signs for David Caldwell for Sheriff. There were many more of his signs up so I wondered, what happened to them? On the other hand I have counted as many as 50 signs, and still counting, for David Caldwell’s opponent.

Who, when running for a public office, would take down their own signs that advertise their name and the position they are running for? I think no one. Mr. Caldwell did not take down his signs.

If Mr. Caldwell’s opponent, who is running for sheriff, is a man of law and order and integrity and a follower of the Constitution, surely he will want to help Mr. Caldwell find who is taking down David Caldwell’s signs, recover the signs, and help put them back.

David Caldwell is a man of law and order and integrity and a follower of the Constitution. He would do anything he could, within the law, to stop or prevent actions that could hurt individuals or the community.

Please, whoever you are, at least return the signs to Mr. Caldwell.

Early voting for a runoff election for county sheriff began July 3.

The United States and other democracies assist newer democracies in making their elections fair. Let us be a good example of fair elections here, in Orange County, N.C.

Maria Darlington


Blackwood ‘outstanding’

I am writing in support of Charles Blackwood for Orange County sheriff. Charles served with highest distinction during his 32 years of service in the sheriff’s department, rising from the uniform patrol division to major of operations, supervising all divisions within the office.

His career has given Charles a deep understanding of all of the operations in the Sheriff’s Office, invaluable firsthand experience that will provide a mature, sophisticated appreciation of the challenges faced by the officers and staff.

At his retirement in 2012, Charles’s was awarded The Order of the Longleaf Pine, presented to individuals with a “proven record of extraordinary service to the state,” who have made exemplary contributions to their communities. Charles’ training, experience, professionalism, and dedication to the citizens of Orange County make him an outstanding choice for election as sheriff.

William Burpitt

Chapel Hill

Biking integration impresses visitor

I was a first-time visitor to the Carrboro area from Philadelphia, Pa., for the past few days. I do a lot of cycling at home and had the opportunity to do some also in your neighborhood. I would like to compliment your progressive community leaders who are responsible for the excellent integration of cyclists and pedestrians into the transportation fabric of the community.

It is obvious that your climate and geography favor bicycle and pedestrian accommodation and that there are quite a few of the citizens who regularly use those activities for general fitness. Beyond that, however, the bike lanes, trails, signage and bike parking facilities that I witnessed are excellent and clearly will encourage greater usage of bike-ped mobility for destination trips such as commuting and shopping.

These transportation alternatives will continue to make your area more people-friendly as residents realize they do not need a car for every trip, thus also decreasing the need for additional traffic lanes and parking, and decreasing the related pollution and congestion. Yours is an example that many other communities could follow to their own advantage. Thanks. I am encouraged by your leadership.

Pierre Ravacon


Creating a destination

George Cianciolo gave the Friends of Downtown June meeting a comprehensive review of Chapel Hill’s current revitalization planning. He cited his campaign pledge not to “get into the weeds.” The streamlined permitting process with form-based zoning for predictability in the Ephesus-Fordham plan will let developers know what is expected and allow the professional staff and town manager oversee the details.

Audience questions indicated approval of Chapel Hill starting to move forward and using consultants’ reports. Cianciolo acknowledged the big workload carried out by the manager and staff. He expects projects to continue to move fast.

People also praised Maria Palmer, who has embraced the goal of “doing what’s best for Chapel Hill,” keeping sight of town needs such as density to provide more residences and thus hold prices down. I note that Donna Bell has also expressed understanding that things move better when overall goals are Council’s concern. Lee Storrow serves that end by pointing out incongruities concisely.

A longtime resident said establishing policies is preferable to lengthy costly procedures. I agree. Values are the popular buzzword, but policies reveal our values to ourselves and get us closer to realizing them.

Today we must stop talking about a sense of place and create Chapel Hill as a destination which will attract the traffic inevitably coming through here.

Lynne Kane

Chapel Hill

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