Last week’s July 4 band concert at the Horace Williams house was interrupted by the lawn and garden equipment across Franklin Street. I don’t know how long the landscape crew was there, as we decided to leave early.
Normally, brass bands are loud, but the unwanted sound of the landscape equipment seemed louder. It was a shame the holiday festivities, and the hard work of local musicians, to be so invaded by thoughtless neighbors. What good is a concert we can’t hear?
The neighbors hiring these landscape crews, in most cases, are not even home to listen to the noise. The noise contributes to the soundscape, displacing the more pleasant music and bird song.
There is quieter landscape equipment. An electric weed-whacker, for example, cuts grass, and is quieter (smaller to store, too). Rakes and brooms work almost as well as blowers, and kick up fewer particulates. Some even use rented goats.
After we moved in in 1985, we quickly gave away our lawn mower and established a landscape that doesn’t require one. When we have leaves, we use a rake. Most of our plants don’t require more than occasional pruning and weeding.
The neighbors say it only lasts an hour, but noise doesn’t seem as loud when you are the one that benefits. Each neighbor contributes, a, “Tragedy of the Commons,” noise, where everyone makes a contribution to the problem, and nobody takes responsibility for it.
All I can say is, please be considerate of when, how, and be responsible, for any noise you make. The first question you should ask yourself: is this noise really necessary? Isn’t the quiet, or the music, worth so much more?
Sarah K. McIntee
Stegman was very specific about the source and amounts of PAC donations to CHALT, which are used to influence local elections. “Old activist” Brock does not criticize the “lack of transparency” of political action committees (PACs). But Brock alleges council members lacked transparency.
More germane to Chapel Hill’s future is a misleading repeated photo of a CHALT co-founder’s backyard in the 2013 unusual flooding rainfall, implying all rain causes that rare kind of flooding there.
Brock and all residents should become aware by now that private property sales offers to the town are not voted on by the Town Council. Also, form-based-code zoning was voted in precisely so that plans conforming to the zoning code can be accepted without long costly special use permit public hearings.
CHALT activists continue their Chapel Hill fault-finding hoping to obstruct Chapel Hill’s 2020 Plan accepted after massive public input.
A good friend of mine who has long been committed to civic betterment discussed with me with some dismay my letter to the Chapel Hill News in I which I attributed the election of Councilwoman Donna Bell to her much-needed representation of the citizens of Northside. In the letter I also objected to the various sides’ valuing one source of campaign funds more than others, the subject of sometimes discordant conversation in our town.
In response, other letter and opinion writers pointed out that I did not address Councilwoman Bell’s serious errors in campaign contribution filings that violated reporting requirements set by state and local law. While I still feel that Ms. Bell has broad support in the community, I understand their position and agree they have raised a legitimate complaint.
Note: News that Target is coming to Carolina Square at 123 W. Franklin St. has many readers excited, including:
Lisa Kaylie: Hooray for Target! We are all tired of driving to Durham to spend our money. This will be a great boost for downtown Chapel Hill.
Karen Booth: Awesome! I can keep more of my money in town, spend less time in my car, and we’re adding jobs.
Betsy Wharton Crittenden: Thrilled to have Target in Chapel Hill. Looking forward to spending my dollars locally and not in Durham.
Barbara Miller Hall: I look forward to keeping my money in Orange County but not just on property taxes. LOL. Let’s diversify our tax base, Chapel Hill.
Jennifer Finnegan Mccafferty: This is great news!! The plans looks beautiful and will bring a lot of new reasons to patronize Franklin Street!
Hatred and high rises
Hatred is blooming all over the world. Istanbul, Bangladesh, Iraqi and Orlando. We are being blow up bit by bit all over the world. The peaceful streets in our cities are unsafe. Is life so cheap?
I don’t think so. Even children are targets. One family lost four daughters in Istanbul. The youngest child in the latest killings was a baby. The world’s gone mad.
Even Chapel Hill's gone mad. Building and more building. Elliot Road keeps building higher and higher. The traffic is getting like Durham or Raleigh. There is no peace or no open spaces to walk on and to commune with nature It’s all eaten up by ugly buildings, cut up by roads, and by cars dashing in and out of traffic. I am tired of mad drivers almost clipping off a fender and honking wildly at my driver.
There is no more courtesy and no more concern for other people. The cars take parking places and slam doors in your face!
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