Your letters, Feb. 16

February 14, 2014 

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Part of the more than 7,000 acres east and south of Hank Chapel Christian Church near Pittsboro would be part of the proposed Chatham Park development that could bring more than 60,000 new residents to Chatham County if completed.

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Magnificent landscape

Re “Preston’s developer thinks bigger, proposes new 22,000 home city in Chatham County” (N&O, http://bit.ly/1fmOnsP)

Everyone should drive east on 64 past Pittsboro to see the magnificant landscape that exists there today. It welcomes us home everytime we return from a trip north. It's a view worth preserving.

Jeannette Bohland

via newsobserver.com

Economic indicator

It is always hilariously amusing to see the same people who cry out for government to do something/anything to “stimulate” the economy cry foul and destruction when a private investor takes his own money, and that of his investors, and is willing to assume great risk and cost to develop and expand our economy and create jobs.

That anyone is willing to take this risk is an indicator that our local/regional economy is strong and growing. This is how our economy is designed to function, people. Have you thought about the jobs this will create? The tax revenue? This is not a coal mine or a belching steel mill, it is an upscale community for people who will move here for other high-paying jobs and it will drive growth and more jobs.

Michael Zsitnyar

via newsobserver.com

Telling comment

If Pittsboro doesn’t cooperate, developer Tim Smith said he could circumvent the town and build a research center or smaller county-based subdivisions. He also could petition the legislature to make Chatham Park its own city.

Smith’s own comment prove it is not about the people or Pittsboro.

Thomas White

via newsobserver.com

The League’s work

On February 14 ninety-four years ago, the League of Women Voters was founded by Carrie Chapman Catt with the goal to secure the right to vote for women. After nearly 100 years, the League is one of the most respected civic organizations in the country, but our work continues.

The right to vote is under attack and the League as a defender of our democracy fights to ensure all Americans can cast a ballot. The League is challenging the recent voter law in North Carolina that negatively impacts minorities, the elderly, and students by eliminating same-day registration, reducing the number of days for early voting, eliminating pre-registration of 16-and-17 year olds, and requiring a government-issued photo ID for the 2016 election.

Last year the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision which gutted key components of the monumental Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965, eliminating fundamental protections against racial discrimination in voting. In January 201, members of Congress introduced a bill designed to modernize the VRA. As we celebrate our 94th year, we call upon Congress to act quickly to pass the bipartisan bill to modernize the Voting Rights Act.

We urge citizens to work with the League and other non-partisan organizations to protect the constitutional right to vote.

For more information about the League of Women Voters, please visit lwvodc.org or contact Brenda.hyde2@gmail.com.

Brenda Rogers

President

League of Women Voters of Orange, Durham and Chatham Counties

Board disappoints

I was disappointed to learn recently that the Orange County school board decided to join a lawsuit that would prevent working-class parents from participating in the Opportunity Scholarship Program (providing scholarship for their children to attend private school). I state that it is disappointing because, according to the state Department of Public Instruction, only 28.7 percent of kids from low-income families in Orange County schools are considered “proficient” in math and reading. This means a little over 1 out of 4 economically-disadvantaged students met basic standards in their zoned public school.

Simply put, the vast majority of our children from low-income communities in Orange County are failing to learn the skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Why then seek to halt a program, that hasn’t even started yet, to begin where the very existence of the Opportunity Scholarship Program is designed for the student that happens to be low-income?

Our children’s future should not be a right or left issue, or even a public school or private school issue. Bottom-line: The real issue should be that our state works to make sure families, regardless of their income or ZIP code, have a school that will work for their children. Parents do not necessarily care about the make or model of a school (public, nonpublic or charter) they just want a school that works! Now more than ever, our state must get about the business of providing quality options for all children- our very future depends upon it.

Darrell Allison

President

Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina

Raleigh

Another solution

About the article published on parking at UNC Hospitals, by Mark Schultz (CHN, bit.ly/1drIbkM):

There is another solution for the problem of the lady from Apex and for anyone else to consider.

Telephone Triangle Transit Authority at 919-485-RIDE. They will help you plan your trip, and send to you proper schedules, costs and any information you will need.

James Sansom

Cary

Optimistic voters

I am thankful for the support shown me since I entered this race one week ago. We have raised more than $70,000 online, with nearly 500,000 views of our announcement video. I decided to get in to this campaign for Congress because I believe too many voters have been ignored and forgotten due to a dysfunctional Washington, D.C., that places party and politics above people. I believe that voters were ready for something different. So far in the campaign, we have proven that theory.

We have a long way to go to win in November. My opponents have big rolodexes to rely on. Entrenched politicians have a vested interest in making sure that change does not happen. But I am confident that we will win because I have you on my side. I am thankful for that.

Over the past seven days, I have spoken to voters around the district who are as optimistic in the future of this country as I am. They know that we have to break the gridlock in Washington and offer solutions that work for people. We have always been a state, and a country, that believed in our ability to do big things. After one week in the race I can tell you that remains true.

Clay Aiken

Cary

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