Blanket ban unwarranted
Re Terri Buckner’s commentary (CHN, nando.com/29p)
It makes sense to prohibit right turn on red (RTOR) at locations with both high pedestrian conflict and where congestion won’t be greatly exacerbated. It doesn’t make sense to blanket ban RTOR. This unduly punishes law abiding drivers, including bicycle drivers.
Only bicyclists who illegally pass on the right, operate on the sidewalk, or who are led to passing on the right with bike lanes are subject to RTOR collisions.
The example bicyclist hit by a ROTR back in August must have been either illegally passing on the right or illegally riding on the sidewalk. It wasn’t an “accident.”
Franklin/Columbia and Main/Greensboro have long allowed ROTR, and thus have long been places where allegedly “accidents are just waiting to happen.” Is there a paper trail of pedestrian collisions? Doubtful. These are also high congestion locations that would be much worsened by prohibiting RTOR.
Thank you Mr. Storrow for your guest column apology (CHN, http://nando.com/27w). Unfortunately, it did not change my mind about your candidacy.
However, I too believe in second chances and will vote for you if you publicly declare that you will not drink alcohol while you are an elected official. Anything less indicates to me that you are: in denial about your relationship with alcohol, not willing to accept the serious risk of drunk driving; and, not committed to using this moment as an opportunity for personal growth toward a healthier life.
Act with courage to justify why voters should give you a second chance or leave the race.
A stupid thing
Lee did a stupid, irresponsible thing. And he should pay a price for it. But I personally don’t believe people are defined by their biggest screw-up.
I’ve been a constituent of Lee’s on and off since he was elected. I don’t know him personally and have no affiliation with his campaign. But I personally feel from reading this that he genuinely learned from this mistake. I’m glad that he decided to address this publicly.
As a constituent I accept his apology, and I continue to think that he would be an asset to the town of Chapel Hill and the North Carolina Democratic Party.
I have known David Schwartz since we moved to Chapel Hill in 1975. A few years older than our children, he was a kind and thoughtful neighbor boy who excelled in school and left our Ridgefield neighborhood to attend college and graduate school. We thought it was wonderful when years later he and his wife moved into the house where he grew up and became our neighbors again. They were quickly integrated into the neighborhood, and became close to several young couples who created a greater sense of community by organizing and hosting block parties.
About five years ago, David began to take on a community leadership role I had not seen in him before. He initiated and led from start to completion the process to make Little Ridgefield a Neighborhood Conservation District.
When the town began public discussion of plans for re-developing the Ephesus-Fordham district, including Eastgate, Rams Head Plaza, Legion Road and a new road connecting Elliot Road and Ephesus Road, David went to many of the meetings and made himself conversant with the issues at stake: low-cost housing, flooding problems, increasing the tax base, solving traffic flow problems, safe bicycle travel.
When a freakish flash flood in 2013 damaged dozens of east side homes, David helped bring together Town Council members with affected homeowners.
When the town proposed a new “form-based code” to guide the many development projects on its agenda, he researched form-based codes and presented alternatives to the one adopted by Chapel Hill.
In the meetings and social gatherings I have attended, he has expressed himself cogently but not argumentatively. He has a mild-mannered approach to discussion based on facts and reason. He is not a dominant talker, but when he speaks he is well prepared. He will be a wonderful Town Council member who will represent the whole town, not certain factions.
David C. Taylor
I support Pam Hemminger for mayor of Chapel Hill because she will modernize our town’s processes to address the needs of our citizens. Her business acumen and decades-long track record of volunteer work in this community bring strong fiscal and social responsibility to town leadership.
I am impressed with Pam’s ability to form consensus across diverse groups, promoting development in a manner that serves the public interest by caring for the environment (parks and greenways, clean water, cost-effective public transportation, minimize traffic congestion) while diversifying our tax base to abate financial burden on property owners. She is attuned to the needs of students of all ages, having chaired our local school board and consistently promoted positive town-gown relations.
You can learn more about Pam along with a list of upcoming mayoral forums and candidate events on her campaign website: PamHemminger.com
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