Close ties, high expectations
My column on the Israeli occupation of Palestine, “Suffering of Palestinian people must not be silenced,” (CHN, May 17) was edited to fit into the space provided for publication. However, one section that was omitted was crucial to understanding my point: it was not anti-Semitism or a questioning of the state of Israel’s right to exist, of which I have been accused, but a plea to shine a light on the plight of the Palestinians:
“Why would anyone protest? This type of exchange happens frequently, even with countries with the most egregious human rights record. But this case is different, perhaps because of our close ties to those we love in Israel and our high expectations for them because of their own horrendous suffering in the Holocaust.”
Think long term
It is always refreshing to read a writer like Mark Zimmerman expressing the longer-term economic and social consequences of non-development, development and development type.
When development is suppressed, it means poor adaptation to social trends, inefficient use of space and resources, and the aging infrastructure mostly pre-code, and grandfathered, will not help mitigate environmental problems, like stormwater run-off. We could use more thinking about the whole community, in all of its housing-type, demographics and use patterns.
What is critically important in development is to have the same infrastructure supporting both daytime and night-time activities, so they can share the same parking spaces and property footprints. Sharing day and night uses is also important for security issues, resource efficiency, and efficiency in town services. The old single-use zoning, with the car dependency it requires, is ruining North Carolina fisheries and destroying the planet through global warming.
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