Path changes no compromise
I am writing to comment on the accuracy of your article “Carrboro aldermen won’t delay paved Bolin Creek multi-use path” (CHN, bit.ly/1VT4jMv)
Near the end of the article your correspondent describes the changes in the cross country-course as “minor” and a “compromise.” Both of these statements are problematic.
Changes in the cross-country course in order to avoid crossing the phase I bike trail is no compromise, in any sense of the word. These proposed changes are the town’s response to their attorney’s concerns that any changes in the phase I bike path will result in loss of Department of Transportation funding. (Whether DOT funding would actually be lost is unclear. The town appears prepared to do due diligence in this aspect of the project, despite the fact that they failed to do so with respect to adequate communication with key stakeholders after the final plan was developed in 2012).
I do believe that it is in the town’s best interest to characterize their response as a compromise, but to do so is disingenuous. The actual compromise proposed by supporters of the Chapel Hill High School cross-country team supporters redirects the phase I bike trail course in a northern direction. See bit.ly/1Ti9KSH for details. The town opted not to accept this compromise proposal for political and financial reasons. Therefore, no compromise was actually achieved.
I also take issue with the statement that proposed changes in the cross country course are minor. Any changes that redirect the cross country XC course are not minor as it requires that the course be rebuilt. If the phase I bike path crossed the football field or the tennis courts, I doubt the town would describe the changes as “minor,” or perhaps they would,
The length limit was waived.
Think about it
Regarding the letter “HB2 protects me” in Sunday’s CHN:
If only Mary Jane Young and other supporters of HB2 would THINK!
Suppose I’m a heterosexual male predator; why in the world would I don a wig and a dress in order to attack a woman in a public restroom, where I’m apt to be interrupted at any moment, instead of finding a solitary woman in a more isolated spot?
Answer: I wouldn’t. Nor would anyone else. Nor has anyone EVER.
I was aghast at the photo you printed with the column “Breaking the stereotypes” on the front page of the Sunday Chapel Hill News. This picture represents both very dangerous and illegal behaviors on the part of the photographer and her brother.
If the editor read The News & Observer, you would recognize the fact that North Carolina has a significant number of deaths caused by individuals being hit by trains. Some are “suicide by train,” but others are caused by illegal and unsafe behaviors. North Carolina is ranked 11th in the nation in rail accidents caused by trespassing. In 2015, 15 North Carolina residents who were trespassing lost their lives on the railroad tracks. Last year, a filmmaker in Georgia was sentenced to two years in jail because of a death while trespassing on railroad property.
I think you owe your readers an article on the dangers of trespassing on the tracks of a railroad to make up for this terrible photo. This is a link to Operation Lifesaver: http://oli.org/. They are a group that works very hard to eliminate needless deaths and injuries among the general public around the railroad. One of their key efforts is around education.
Columnist Mia Ives-Rublee responds: Thank you for your response to my column. I understand your concerns about the railroad photo. There was no intent to break any laws or encourage risky behavior. As stated in the article, the intent for the photos was to reflect my relationship with my brother and break stereotypes people have about people in wheelchairs. My brother and I came upon a rarely used track and set up the photo with safety in mind. We had clear vision in front and behind. We had no intention of being near an active train. Again, thank you for the reminder of the risks of trains and the importance of safety.
Food for summer
On behalf of the Food For The Summer Partnership, I am excited to help roll out “Food For The Summer” – a new program for providing daily meals to our community’s under resourced children during the long summer break. (See story, CHN, May 11: bit.ly/1UTOGmJ)
This new program will fill a void created by reduced access to regular meals for many of the roughly 3,300 children in our school district who rely on Free and Reduced Lunch each day.
The task of preparing and delivering food to children throughout the area is a big one but, through collaboration, the Food for The Summer alliance is up to the task.
During this first summer, our goal is to provide a nutritious lunch to 1,500 children each weekday. Food will be prepared by CHCCS food service staff and distributed to 20 meal sites by community volunteers. Food for the Summer Partners are Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, InterFaith Council for Social Service, N.C. Department of Public Instruction, No Kid Hungry, Orange County, PORCH, TABLE, Town of Chapel Hill, Town of Carrboro, UNC, Varsity Church and Chapel Hill/Carrboro YMCA.
For more information about how you can help, please contact Katie Hug, our program coordinator at Foodforthesummer@ifcmailbox.org or 252-626-4135 or visit our website: http://www.foodforthesummer.org/
Together we will make a difference!
Mayor Pam Hemminger
If I were king
One of the many problems with this country, and one of the reasons our economy is so bad, is because our Republican government has gotten too large.
But government programs to reduce its own size always result in a new government task force that never goes away. So government programs to reduce its size inevitably result in more government.
If I were “king” of the U.S., I would demand every government (federal and state) agency, if it were not one of the original agencies created by the Continental Congress, to show cause why it should not be eliminated. To do this, I would demand that each agency define the standards against which it should be judged. These standards would be evaluated for approval by outside citizens (a cross section of those affected by that agency, not another agency!).
After approval of the standards, each agency would provide factual evidence of how it is meeting those standards. The citizens groups would then assess whether that agency should continue, and whether those responsibilities should be combined with those of another agency. After the necessary action is taken, the citizens groups would be dismissed.
Trump the actor
In the news article “Top Republicans in Carolinas torn as Trump nomination more likely,: (N&O, May 2) former Charlotte mayor Richard Vinroot said he's listening to his kids who think Donald Trump is “authentic.” Hillary Clinton, Vinroot said, has "an artificial quality, " but "there's nothing artificial about (Trump). He is what he is." Really?
This is the man who openly says he can be presidential if that’s what Republicans want. He can be so presidential he'll be boring, he tells his supporters. He can be whatever people want him to be.
So, in his own words, he's play-acting; he's a fraud. He can be one thing one day and another the next because ... he is what he is. None of that elite PC stuff either.
Because of Trump, his fans can get “authentic” and openly express their bigotry, their xenophobia, their hatred, their meanness. Apparently, PC stands for Polite and Civil.
Longer intermissions ahead
The common sense wisdom of our General Assembly has put North Carolina in the forefront of the urgent global fight against wrongly sexed bathroom invasions.
I’m concerned, however, that House Bill 2 lacks all enforcement provisions. How can we be sure that no one ever enters a bathroom who does not match the designation on a birth certificate?
The only solution will be for the government to issue machine-readable birth certificates to everybody and install electronic locks and card readers that will open the state’s bathrooms only to correctly sexed individuals. We may need to add thumbprint readers and retina scans to prevent fraudulent card use and cover the cost with more cuts to food stamps and Medicaid.
Only one question remains: How popular will all this be at halftime?
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