Cemetery marker just a first step
As member of the Cemeteries Advisory Board, it is my understanding that this monument is just a first step in recognizing the nearly 400 disenfranchised and unidentified people buried at Old Chapel Hill Cemetery.
When scientific investigation several years ago showed the large number of unmarked graves, it was felt that something should be done about this sad injustice right in our own community.
We had hoped for town and UNC responsiveness, with a service planned by all interested parties either at monument’s installation or at later date. Until recently, I thought this was still in our future.
Thank you for looking into and shining light on this unfortunate situation, and for your past articles concerning lack of burial space in our community. The board’s petition to the Town Council regarding lack of burial space has sat unanswered for years.
While these are not fun issues to contemplate, they are important. Those who’ve gone before us deserve our respect in this way, as do all the living who care about them.
No good deed ...
Most of us have heard the phrase, “No good deed goes unpunished.”
The removal of the recent memorial to “the unknown people of color” buried in the Chapel Hill Cemetery was, in my opinion, an affront to those members of the town Cemeteries Advisory Board and Stanley Peele who had the memorial placed there last November. Those parties provided the initiative and funding for the project.
Without engaging in the pros and cons of the matter, I feel that the cemeteries board and Judge Peele should at least have been informed by the town manager of his intention to remove the monument and offered some explanation.
Sensitivity gone too far
Can someone explain to me please exactly who is offended and why about the monument in the Chapel Hill cemetery?
Best I can tell someone wanted to do a good thing and put a memorial in place for a bunch of poor people who died many years ago and whose deaths were not properly recognized.
Is it black people who are offended because of the words ‘people of color’? Is it white people who think that if white people are buried there they are not included in the designation people of color? Are we not all people of color? Is not white a color? And especially these days aren’t we all tending toward beige anyway?
This business of sensitivity and being offended has gone too far.
Vincent M. DiSandro Sr.
Put Hauser at table
I am excited that Bonnie Hauser is willing to put her excellent problem-solving skills and management experience to work for the betterment of our community. Bonnie is running for County Commissioner in District 2, and although I live outside her district, I’m very pleased that she could earn a seat at the table. I trust Bonnie’s judgment.
A former partner at the global research and investing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, Bonnie retired to Orange County more than 12 years ago to live close to her family. She immediately began volunteering in the schools and with Big Brothers Big Sisters, where she was recruited to the board. A longtime advocate for local social justice and racial equity issues, she also serves on the board of the Northern Orange County NAACP.
Bonnie draws on her professional experience to work on community issues, using best practices to find the best solutions. With her engaging style, she brings together various groups to work collaboratively on goals and challenges so everyone understands differing perspectives.
On the technical side, Bonnie understands what budget numbers are saying and recognizes how commissioners’ decisions affect our community. Bonnie thinks things through and brings a fresh approach to leadership.
We need Bonnie Hauser on the Orange County Board of Commissioners. Vote for her on Tuesday.
The writer is a member of the Chapel Hill Town Council.
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