Your letters, Sept. 29

September 27, 2013 

MLK speed limit should be 45 mph

You should give yourself a “Raspberry” for suggesting that the Chapel Hill Police allocate more resources to speed enforcement on MLK Boulevard. This is already the most egregious speed trap in Chapel Hill and is enforced plenty enough as it is.

The speed limit on the portion of MLK between Harris Teeter and Homestead should be 45 mph as the road has wide lanes, full bike lanes, and a raised median. It seems at least as justifiable as the 45 mph limit on Fordham Boulevard. This is also the portion of the road where speed is regularly enforced. If you think the police don’t enforce speed on MLK you evidently don’t drive very often on MLK.

In the past couple of years you’ve reported on several major crimes in Chapel Hill that remain unsolved. On the other hand, I don’t recall reading about any mayhem resulting from people driving at 40 or even 50 mph on MLK Boulevard. Why on earth you think this should be a priority is beyond me.

In case you are wondering, no, I am not a disgruntled driver who has been nabbed in this or any other speed trap in Chapel Hill.

On a different note, I’ve loved the recent articles about actual driving issues in Chapel Hill (texting, inattentiveness, lack of signal usage, gaping, dithering, etc etc). These articles have been very entertaining and have made up for the sad lack of raspberries in the editorial column. More raspberries, less roses, please!

Alexander Burnside

Chapel Hill

Committee concerns

We are writing to share our experiences with regard to a plan to insert a mini-metropolis into a currently undeveloped area which is almost entirely surrounded by single-family homes in the Estes Drive, Hidden Hills, and Mt. Bolus neighborhoods.

First, we want to make point concerning the compositions of the two contending groups referred to in your article “Density driving Central West discord” (CHN, Sept. 22, bit.ly/1friEsh).

The “minority” group consists mostly of those few committee members who live in this neighborhood and are concerned with protecting the value of their homes and of ours. Is it not both startling and dismaying that those who have the most to lose should be allotted the least number of committee memberships?

In contrast, the “majority” group includes some folks who have nothing to lose or gain, along with a few landowners whose profits will increase with greater allowed density on their holdings. One might have hoped that, in such a case, they would have had the grace to excuse themselves from voting. What has happened to our town’s concept of “good government”?

We attended the Committee’s Sept. 10 “informational” affair. It turned out to be a disorganized, unstructured propaganda event, presenting only the majority position. Although there was space enough to display four similar maps of the high-density proposal, the organizers refused to allow the single low-density map even to be brought into the room.

In random encounters with our pro-high-density hosts, we were fed the following misinformation: (1) The high rain run-off from the proposed high-density development will find its way to Bolin Creek, but by some unexplained miracle will not increase the severity of Bolin Creek floods! (2) There is no impending problem of high-traffic density on Estes Drive; you will simply have to choose the times when you plan to drive! (3) Don’t worry about schoolkids walking beside an overcrowded Estes Drive; just tell them to be careful!

Zoning laws are supposed to protecting homeowners from just the sort of actions now being promoted by the Central West Committee majority. We appeal to our Town Council to let that goal of protection be their guide.

Miriam and Larry Slifkin

Chapel Hill

Consider the facts

Thank you, Chapel Hill News, for investigating and printing a follow-up article on Randy Trumbower, the former Chapel Hill High School baseball coach (“Ousted CHHS baseball coach says accusations untrue,” Sept. 6, bit.ly/1aZEzr6) There is much I would like to say to the adults who have attempted to intimidate and discredit my son, Sean, who came forward to expose the abuse he suffered. However, I will address the community of Chapel Hill instead as they are not as intimately familiar with the issue.

Since this area is populated by many very educated and intelligent people, I ask you to consider the facts: an investigation was conducted into this man’s behavior by the school and the result is that he was removed as a coach mid-season and ultimately not allowed to finish the season or coach during this past summer. A committee then reviewed the evidence from the investigation and unanimously agreed not to renew his coaching contract for this school year. Would that have occurred if Sean was the only athlete to report him and/or his claims were not substantiated?

I don’t dispute that this man treated some teammates very well and therefore has supporters. However, that does not negate the fact that he abused my son and other athletes, past and present, repeatedly. Sean has shown courage, composure, and strength-of-character throughout this ordeal that is rare to find, even in adults. As his parent, I couldn’t be prouder. I also applaud the administration for putting the safety of their students above the desires of some vocal parents.

Stacey Dawson

Chapel Hill

Support for coal divestment building

As a university student and member of the Student Sierra Coalition, I am proud that the Beyond Coal campaign was on the agenda for the Board of Trustees meeting this past week.

This meeting will continue the forward momentum from February’s Student Congress resolution, in which 77 percent of university students voted in favor of divestment.

The Beyond Coal campaign calls on the university to divest our $2.1 billion endowment from the coal industry. Not only does coal endanger the environment and public health, it is also becoming an increasingly risky investment. Smart investment in sustainability is the way to move forward.

Considering that the campaign did not make it to the agenda last year, I am grateful that we could make our voices heard on behalf of divestment. The support of the board’s members is vital to the campaign’s progress.

This is a pivotal moment for the university. It is a chance for the Board of Trustees to engage with students on an issue that matters to all of us. We believe that the university can lead the way forward to a more sustainable, financially secure future.

Lauren Moore

Class of 2016

The Youth Community Project (formerly the Teen Support Coalition) is a group of diverse, committed high school students and adults dedicated to creating a youth-run cultural center/cafe in Carrboro where all teens in our community can convene with their peers, and discover and nurture their passions.

YCP made a formal presentation to the Carrboro Board of Aldermen on June 4, requesting partnership opportunities for youth services. The board forwarded the request to the Town’s Recreation and Parks Department for follow-up.

Over the summer, Youth Community Project and the Recreation and Parks Department have had very positive communications in an effort to continue to enhance services to teens in the community. Currently, YCP is focusing on the following goals: recruitment, space for activities, partnerships, marketing, and pursuing fundraising. Currently, RP Staff is offering assistance in recruitment, partnerships/collaboration and working to identify assistance with grant writing. YCP is extremely grateful for Carrboro's support in this vital effort for our youth!

To learn more about YCP visit teensupportcoalition.org

Youth Community Project

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