To whom it may concern:
I see no need to reiterate the sentiment of the community since I am sure you have hundreds of letters all speaking volumes in appreciation of the Goodwill and community activism of Bill and Bett Padgett.
What I will address is the backbone or framework of the Declaration of Independence and how it applies:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
The first part of this paragraph speaks to the rights of the individual and his or her pursuit of happiness. Since everyone’s definition of what makes them happy is very personal, it is not the government’s responsibility to dictate where, when, or how many times a year one may express his or her happiness. Quite simple.
Now, what rights has the governed given to the government? And what metaphor can best describe the government’s responsibility to the individual? “Another person’s rights end where my nose begins” was how Mr. Paul Dearman, my high school history teacher, described it to me. Government, it is your responsibility to use the resources that we have voted on and are paying for through our tax dollars to see that individuals do not encroach on each others’ noses.
Every neighborhood has the right to peace and tranquility and there are rules in place to control how we interact as neighbors. There are also controls through the police force, whose job it is to determine the degree of infraction of any incident to the contrary.
Let’s use another metaphor for the government’s position as umpire for the community, and for the neighbors they represent. “Three strikes and you are out” -- or in this case the individual and their pursuit of happiness -- now come under the scrutiny of the council.
It is my humble opinion that it is your duty as government not to dictate the what, when, or number of times anyone may pursue happiness. That would be in direct violation of the Declaration of Independence. Instead, it is indeed your duty as government to provide a control measure if there are numerous and valid complaints. Then and only then should government get involved. We the governed have given you the simple power to provide supervision that ensures safe and healthy communities. I am sure twelve men or women of our community’s peers would feel the same way and express same, before any court. If need be before the highest court in the land.
5040 Tryon Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27606
In twenty years would you rather take your kids or grand-kids to see the condos and shopping center bordered by a small greenway or to a destination park that is 300 acres or bigger, complete with all the things that destination parks are capable of being? Example: Central Park in New York City : 900 acres. By the way
It is a fact that you will only get one chance to designate an area for a park proven by Atlanta which wanted to have a park, but had to go fifty miles outside the city to find the space because they could only find 15 acres of land from which to make their park near the urban center of Atlanta.
What if the people in New York had bought into the idea that taking the 900 acres and developing it was the only way to bring in revenue and that a park would not pay for itself. Funny how now that is some of the most expensive real estate in the world beside Central Park. With the highest tax base in the nation.
The Dix land was originally designated for mental heath and the well being of our citizens. It originally contained 1700 acres. If condos and shopping centers are good for mental heath, percentage-wise I am sure we have enough, and plenty of land if we dont to accomplish this goal. Fresh air is the goal of any urban area now and we need trees to sustain fresh air and mental heath.
The leaders and politicians that started Central Park were faced with the same problems and solutions we have today. They resisted the short-sighted attempts of the naysayers to settle for less. These leaders and politicians had VISION and earned their money by serving the overall public good -- by making the park work on a grand scale -- as a destination park for not only the citizens nearby but visitors from afar. They did not give up and take the short, easy route, but instead used their creativity to make a park remarkable for its size, beauty, multiple attractions and through those avenues of attraction, ongoing income-producing capacity enjoyed today. Do not let them sell their MIRAGE of a narrow green space by selling you the notion we are unable to save the park because of money. SAVE THE PARK
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