Chapel Hill: Opinion

What you’re saying: Anne Brashear, William Derey and Jacqueline Allen

Courteous driver

Thank you to the young woman who moved her SUV so that more cars could fit into a limited parking area.

I was backing my Camry closer to my friend’s car to make room for two more vehicles, as others in our hiking group would soon arrive at Johnson’s Mill Trail off of Turkey Farm Road in Chapel Hill.

The young woman, eager to get on the trail with her dog, swung into the open area leaving a lot of room between her car and mine. When I asked her to please repark her SUV closer to mine so another car also could park in the area, she graciously moved her vehicle. Because of her action another space was available and quickly occupied. Thank you!

Anne Brashear

Chapel Hill

Carrboro eyesore

An open letter to CVS and the Carrboro Board of Aldermen:

What a complete eyesore. What more could be said the property at 201 N. Greensboro St currently owned by CVS. Is this the best that CVS and Carrboro is going to settle for?

Sadly we residents may have become indifferent to this property being overgrown and trashed, but to visitors coming through Carrboro the sight of this property must come as a shock.

Is this property neglect representative of how CVS cares for its image – of its complete apathy for this community? And can the same said of the town of Carrboro?

Has not the time come for these two entities to come to some resolution for the future of this prime property right in the heart of Carrboro and spare us this blight?

But tomorrow morning I will once again walk by 201 N. Greensboro St. and shake my head. What a beautiful image to begin my day.

William Derey


Police are professionals

It rarely makes the evening news when a victim of domestic violence is rescued by police. There is often no video of police appropriately taking a drunk driver off the road. When active shooters are quickly apprehended, or a family is rescued from a home invasion, it is often not a headline. When police work diligently to track down and arrest child predators, there is usually not a video. When police collaborate to prevent terrorist plots, there likely won’t be a headline.

When there is potential misconduct by police, it frequently does get recorded. While the record is valuable, it is important to remember that we are much more likely to see videos of problematic cases.

It is concerning that we seem now to be creating a new kind of prejudice against the professionals we all need to be able to call for help: our police. Our police are the professionals who come running toward what most of us would run away from.

If disparities exist in educational and career opportunities, there may be more interactions between police and disadvantaged groups as those who cannot find legal work may resort to other activities.

Our police force is an extension of our society. We have not yet made it to where we need to be in terms of true equality of opportunity. That problem lies at a societal level; it is not a problem that was created or that can be solved by the police.

We need to make certain that training of police officers is adequate. An officer who is poorly trained may appear to be a “bad apple” when in fact s/he simply lacks training.

Most police officers do their work with integrity, at great risk to their own safety. Communities and police must work together to move forward.

Jacqueline Allen


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