The town’s obligation
Mark Zimmerman’s April 3 commentary makes provocative and inaccurate statements regarding development of the American Legion land. Neighbors are opposed to a massive, unneeded 600 luxury apartment complex, completely out of character with the low-density zoning that dictated the surrounding neighborhoods’development. Zimmerman twists reasonable objection into animosity toward veterans. He claims that they have been singled out and their property rights denied. He characterizes as a war the democratic process to which all citizens are entitled. The Woodfield Acquisitions proposal should be judged, not on how deserving the sellers may be, but on its own merit.
Realtor Zimmerman turns logic on its head by asserting that luxury apartments will attract businesses with good jobs. Zimmerman imagines “an ulterior motive to expropriate” the Legion property because the Town Council opened a conversation about public uses. Anyone attending the public council sessions would be astounded at his assertion. The discussion has been about “fairness” for the entire community, ensuring the Legion gets its due and Chapel Hill, whose citizens include veterans and their families, retains quality of life.
Zimmerman implies that the hastily signed understanding with the developer would give the town what it wants. But building a road across town parkland that would dump cars into a heavily used road next to an elementary school has only negative impact. A retention pond encroaching on town-owned park offers no benefit.
The county values the Legion property at $2.4 million. It will fetch more only if the town allows hundreds of apartments to be built there. The town has no obligation to accept any particular proposal for development of the property. It does, however, have an obligation to the citizens who pay taxes and live here to regulate development in their best interests.
Peter and Isabel Calingaert
HB2 a disgrace
HB2, rushed through a special session of the General Assembly, is a disgrace for North Carolina and is very damaging to our global reputation. HB2 is also profoundly damaging to the state’s economy and to our attractiveness to business and new residents.
Sen. Phil Berger. Speaker Tim Moore and Gov. Pat McCory should all resign since they have shown callous disregard for human rights and indifference to the health and prosperity of our state.
Pay Pal has already announced its withdrawal of investment and new jobs in North Carolina. Many other businesses, organizations, and other state governments have made clear their disapproval and announced refusal to do business here.
Immediate repeal of HB2 in the short session is the first order of business. However, the only permanent solution is vote out all these backward, unthinking government office holders.
Rabbis oppose HB2
We, the undersigned Rabbis of the Triangle, express our deep dismay in the recent passage of the law known as HB2. As leaders of a faith community which has repeatedly suffered from state-sponsored discrimination and citizen-based prejudice, we will not stand idly by as our North Carolina legislature weakens the legal protections of our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender brothers and sisters.
The Torah teaches that all human beings are created in the image of God and imbued with infinite value. In that spirit, we declare that our state should, under no circumstance, desecrate the holiness and dignity of any citizen. We, therefore, demand that HB2 be repealed. Furthermore, we urge North Carolina residents to contact their local elected officials and express their concerns. Our prayers are with the thousands of North Carolinians whose humanity is under attack. We stand with them, and against those who would strip them of their legal guarantees under the law.
Organizers: Rabbi Eric Solomon Beth Meyer Synagogue
Rabbi Larry Bach Judea Reform Congregation
Rabbi Leah Citrin, Temple Beth Or
Rabbi Susan Cowchuck, MD
Rabbi Lucy Dinner, Temple Beth Or
Rabbi Ariel Edery, Beth Shalom
Rabbi Jen Feldman, Kehillah Synagogue
Rabbi Frank A. Fischer
Rabbi Elana Friedman, Freeman Center for Jewish Life at Duke University
Rabbi John Friedman, Rabbi Emeritus, Judea Reform Congregation
Rabbi Daniel Greyber, Beth El Synagogue
Rabbi Raachel Jurovics, Yavneh: A Jewish Renewal Community
Rabbi Steven Kirschner
(Prof.) Rabbi Laura Lieber, Duke University
Rabbi Ariel Naveh, University of North Carolina Hillel
Rabbi Steven Sager, Director of Sicha
Rabbi Jennifer Solomon, Beth Meyer Synagogue
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