If Durham's biggest problems are that a permit lapsed on a yard waste landfill and that a misunderstanding caused lead results to be incorrectly submitted, I'm not feeling the big need for change. I didn't know government was supposed to be perfect. I thought human beings ran government.
I'll be watching this initiative closely. The question boils down to cost vs. benefit. If $55,000 buys $3.5 million in energy savings, that's a major success. I fear the track record has been more that the $55,000 will buy more reports detailing the need to spend more money on goofy pet projects that make no real difference in people's lives. I also have this feeling that this global warming hysteria will be looked upon 100 years from now the same way we look upon scientists who thought the earth was flat. I like clean air and clean water, but can do without all of the gloom and doom being put forth these days.
The implication that the City is not funding this area of Durham is absurd. A quick look at the City's budget and capital improvement schedules show that millions upon millions of dollars are being concentrated in this area -- far more than any other area in Durham. At some point the community needs to take some responsibility for their own shortcomings and make an effort to fix problems. Other neighborhoods do this. If they wait for the government to fix everything, they'll be waiting for a long, long, long time. Eight more officers is not the answer to fix all of these problems. Instead of using this nonprofit to draw political attention, why not use it to actually address some of the problems that exist there.
Indy Week • 201 W. Main St., Suite 101, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
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