Fowlers hardly dreary
In his guest column (CHN, nando.com/27x) John Hammond described Fowler’s Food Store in downtown Chapel Hill in 1974 as dark and dreary. I have to disagree.
Bob Fowler, the owner, worked seven days a week to make Fowler’s a very unique grocery store. Because of UNC, Fowler’s customers came from all over the U.S. and the world. When customers asked for products that would give them a taste of home, Bob spent many hours searching for suppliers who could provide these products. Many, many times he was successful.
Fowler’s offered home delivery, and regular customers were allowed to have charge accounts at no interest, which helped many an underpaid UNC faculty member. Yes, those were the days: a downtown grocery store providing great service and products to its customers.
The writer is the wife of the late Bob Fowler.
CHALT not anti-growth
In his guest column John Hammond castigated the citizens group CHALT for being totally anti-development. I find it surprising that such an intelligent individual would make the simplistic mistake of conflating the group’s concerns about SOME developments with an opposition to ALL development.
CHALT is not anti-development. Indeed it strongly advocates increased commercial development that focuses on local small businesses and on high technology firms. Such developments will bring both good jobs and a net increase in revenue to the town.
What CHALT does oppose is high-rise, high density, high-price residential projects that will cost the town more in services than they will generate in tax revenue, while bringing ever more cars on to our already crowded roads. That type of project may line the pockets of a few developers but will harm rather than help the citizens of Chapel Hill. Unfortunately the current mayor and Town Council can’t seem to distinguish beneficial development projects from harmful ones.
In the very important upcoming Town Council election, we have several candidates competing for the four seats that we will fill. One of my votes will be for Michael Parker.
Since Michael returned to Chapel Hill, he has been energetically engaged in many endeavors to improve our quality of life. He is an enthusiastic volunteer, serving as chair of our Transportation Advisory Board, co-chair of the Central West Steering Committee, the Chapel Hill Planning Commission, and sits on the Boards of the Friends of the Downtown and the ArtsCenter in Carrboro.
Michael is a committed contributor who wants to make a difference. He says that his work has been characterized by the development of creative, entrepreneurial, fact-based, and analytical solutions to critical challenges and converting those challenges into opportunities. I agree and have seen him in action. His thoughtful and personable manner will make him a great addition to our council.
I encourage you to study his qualifications and you will see that Michael has the skills and abilities needed to serve us all. He is a man of integrity, and he has vision. Please vote for Michael Parker.
Are you concerned about the future of Chapel Hill? If so, there is a candidate for Town Council – Nancy Oates – who you can trust to vote in the best interest of all Chapel Hillians, not just the developers.
Nancy will bring a common-sense approach to council decision-making. Her down-to-earth manner to solving problems and desire to learn from all sides of an issue set her apart from the current council members. Nancy will be more interested in listening to neighbors’ concerns as opposed to just approving developments as quickly as possible.
Nancy has diligently worked to help keep people in Chapel Hill informed concerning community affairs. View her blog at www.ChapelHillwatch.com. Nancy is sincere when she says she will listen before making decisions. She will be a refreshing addition to the town council and an advocate for more affordable housing. For more information about Nancy Oates’ Town Council campaign please visit www.nancyoates.org.
Join me in voting for Nancy Oates for Town Council on Nov. 3.
Bill G. Page
Buy more buses
One of the reasons given for the light rail transport was that more buses would be available to provide service to poorer neighborhoods. The implication was that buses don’t now serve those poorer neighborhoods, and with the light rail transport providing services, those buses could now be diverted to those poorer neighborhoods.
Considering the many millions or hundreds of millions of dollars for that rail system, it would be much less expensive to simply buy more buses and increase services to those neighborhoods.
It would be cheaper to service those buses in existing facilities and NOT confiscate those many privately owned properties and homes to build all those railways, stations, repair facilities, etc. etc.
Nor would traffic be blocked at the many crossings of light rail.
Finally, how much of the costs for this will eventually fall on the taxpayers
Samuels for school board
As a parent of a new kindergartner, I write to support the campaign of Margaret Samuels for a seat on the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School Board. Ms. Samuels’ background will make her a valuable addition to our school board.
Ms. Samuels has been a powerful advocate for children in our community. She is a former PTA Council president for Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and currently serves as the CEO of OE Enterprises, a non-profit organization that supports high school students with disabilities.
She is committed to providing our children with quality, results-focused education, despite the financial challenges facing our public schools. As a former executive director of the Orange County Partnership for Young Children she knows how to work within a limited budget while still accomplishing important goals for our children.
I am proud to support Margaret Samuels for school board, and urge you to learn more about her qualifications and cast your vote for her in November.
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