The xenophobic comment above ignores what I think is still the majority-held Christian teaching in the US on "Who is my neighbor?" found in the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37). Compassion, not anger and intolerance, is what a Christian or humanitarian response calls for in times when "a neighbor" of any ethnic or national origin suffers. To characterize all illegal immigrants in the US as house-breakers, alcoholics, or parasites is to be ignorant of actual facts and trends in the U.S. It is also to be ignorant of the original economic and political plight of Mayan immigrants in their native Chiapas and to be guilty of gross insensitivity to their exploitive treatment in this country, to say the least. The first relevant positive action we should take toward this and many other issues in 2011 is to reform the "He-who-has-the-gold, rules" present bastardization of the original Golden Rule and walk a mile in others' shoes. Passing the Dream Act would then be, as Sherlock Holmes would say, "elementary."
George Lucier , Tom Vanderbeck, and Carl Thompson not only deserve reelection for the future-saving sustainability reforms they have been responsible for instituting the past four years, strengthening democracy and weakening plutocracy in Chatham County demand their reelection. I cannot believe that Chatham voters will allow vested interests to return to power in the most innovative county in the state. If we want Chatham to continue to be the showcase county in the state in education, renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, and green building, we must go to the polls in large numbers and reelect these qualified, experienced incumbents. Ed King, Chatham teacher and property-owner
"...and the sins of the fathers are visited upon the coming generations for years to come....." It wasn't like everybody in Chatham just lay down and let Bunkey and his gang of five stomp into office and have their way without reasoned expert protest after reasoned expert protest, in public hearing after public hearing, before Bunkey, Carl, and Tommy instituted Bunkey's follies with their foolhardy votes for break-neck speeding development. Push-polling from a California PR agency, character assassinations of incumbent Gary Phillips, and greedy home-builder associations with deep pockets greased the election that brought Bunkey Morgan to power in Chatham....and Chatham voters should never forget that. Thank goodness that CCEC, Chatham Coalition, and other far-sighted citizens redeemed the political and economic process in Chatham in the next commissioners election and brought in George Lucier, Carl Thompson, and Tom Vanderbeck----now joined by Sally Jost---to car wash Bunkey's "limousine" development policies. I guess the saving grace in this sad chapter of Chatham's recent development history is that the "good guys" with the long-term best interests of Chatham's sustainable future at heart organized, went to the polls in large numbers, and won back control of the Chatham Board of Commissioners, hopefully, for years to come.
If you want to ensure that your money used to buy "local products" sold by locally owned businesses/farms stays in the local region, shop with exclusively locally circulating currency, i.e., "Plenties". Plenties can be obtained in all denominations at a discount at the locally owned Capital Bank in Pittsboro and can be used at all locally owned businesses/services listed on the "Plenties" website: www.theplenty.org . If the store where you shop won't take "Plenties," it is not interested in developing the local economy as much as you are....so DON'T SHOP THERE!
Subject: Independent's endorsement of Mike Cross and Sally Kost in Chatham County
At least you are half-Progressive! Sally Kost deserves your endorsement for her truly Progressive record which you articulated accurately and objectively based on issues, not personality.
But you must have taken leave of your Progressive senses to endorse Mike Cross over Jeffrey Starkweather. Starkweather's credentials as one of the few true Chatham Progressives, established over 35 years of courageous and commited---often unpopular because he has been so straight a shooter----leadership in this County, tower over Mike Cross's mixed, ambivalent record during his one term of office.
On the most important single issue for Chatham voters of sustainable energy and safety at nearby Shearon Harris, there is a clear contrast between Starkweather and Cross. Whereas at the NC WARN event at Farrington Village last year, Mike Cross (and Patrick Barnes) was completely uncritical in his acceptance of the self-serving claim of Progress Energy to a "long term track record of safety" at Shearon Harris, Starkweather's more discerning views on such unwarranted future expansion of nuclear power on Chatham County's border are those of the true Progressive:
"I am not in favor of approving a second nuclear reactor for Shearon Harris for the following reasons: we should be first focusing on energy conservation, rather than building new power plants, particularly coal-fired and nuclear; there is a serious question whether this is an economically efficient form of power if you were to take away the federal subsidies; Shearon Harris does not have a good safety record and I do not want to double (or triple) the risk of a nuclear disaster for Chatham residents....and finally we should not be building more nuclear plants until we have developed a practical solution for safely storing the spent fuel."
Where did I get that Starkweather quote? If you had called him up and asked him his views on nuclear expansion at Shearon Harris before endorsing his opponent, you could have heard the same thing I did. In this case, the Independent indulged in the shoddy journalistic practice of basing its endorsement in this race on personality rather than on the substance of longstanding Progressive issues. Your credibility as NC's "alternative voice of Progressivism" with this choice is more than suspect, it smacks of injustice and cowardly process.
Ed King, Chatham Progressive voter,
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