Sorrento sounds lovely, something for us to aspire to. But don't give up on the Triangle. Where I live, it's a 2-minute walk to horses and goats grazing in the pasture, and a 10 minute walk to a mostly local Greek carryout. It's a 10-minute bike ride to two farmer's markets, another local foods eatery, a pizzeria and trattoria, a natural foods cafe and cooperative (with artisanal baked goods, fresh produce and cheeses, local pasture-raised meats and eggs, fair-trade coffee, and locally stone-ground flours and oatmeal), a great bar with live music, a local brewery and an eco-industrial complex featuring biofuels,permaculture, vermiculture and more.
Our downtown pulses with local artists. I can walk to our community college, featuring green library and energy buildings, a new natural culinary arts program and the first sustainable agriculture two-year degree program in the nation.
I ride a free express bus to work in Chapel Hill every day, funded by a federal grant and subsidized by UNC, CH Transit, and our county and local governments.
I have access to all of these gems because I live in Pittsboro. We are virtually surrounded by sustainable farms, creative artists and entrepreneurs. It's no accident, it took years of intentional planning, hard work and advocacy on the part of many, and we surely have a long way to go before I'll stamp it paradise.
You've got alot going on in Durham, too. If you work to make it even better, and support local businesses and farms with your shopping dollars, your Sorrento dream may be realized right in your backyard.
Ya gotta be dreamin', or a satire, right? Maybe you'll win enough to pay for some of those lottery tickets you've already bought. P.S.: The Democrats don't plan to raise taxes to stimulate the economy.
The Starkweather and Kost campaigns received these warm statements this week from two County Commissioners and many other friends.
Chatham Commissioner Carl Thompson:
Sally Kost and Jeffrey Starkweather are outstanding community leaders who have worked tirelessly with us and many others to help bring about positive changes for Chatham.
Chatham Commissioner Tom Vanderbeck
I welcome the opportunity to work with Jeffrey and Sally on the Board as we collaborate with citizens across the county to build a more sustainable community.
The N.C. Sierra Club endorsement for them said: Starkweather and Kost offer a long record of service and strong positions for environmentally minded voters to consider. We strongly encourage Sierra Club members and other residents of Chatham County who care about the environment to support candidates who have shown leadership on these issues in the May 6th election.
Tim Keim, Pittsboro:
For many years Jeffrey Starkweather's journalistic advocacy for African Americans, the environment and clean government have helped shape a better future Chatham County. His indefatigable efforts to promote smart growth and affordable housing have kept these issues front and center despite resistance from greedy developers and the perpetual foot-dragging of old- guard Chatham.
I know Jeffrey personally. I've never seen anyone who lives and breathes his devotion to community the way he does. It is not merely a recent affectation, it's his nature, his character to be a steady, consistent voice for sensible strategies that will lead to a green, progressive Chatham County.
Sally Kost's years of successful experience as a municipal finance manager and civic planner give her an expansive view of both Chatham's past and the exciting possibilities for our common future. It's been too long since Chatham had a strong, seasoned, feminine sensibility on the county board. Sally's continuous involvement in Chatham County politics will serve all of us as we face intense development pressures and the challenges ahead to make Chatham a model for sustainable community.
As truly progressive leaders, Jeffrey and Sally will make educated decisions while we and the world learn to deal with the local effects of global climate change. They are head and shoulders above the competition in their grasp of climate change, what it means for us and how we can use innovative strategies to thrive in the face of such adversity.
Finally, I've witnessed Jeff and Sally epitomize the word cooperation. They both look for every opportunity to extend a helping hand to those reaching out. They know that a disagreement on one issue does not an enemy make. Constantly shifting political alliances offer innumerable opportunities to work together for positive policies. Jeff and Sally get this!
Miriam Hanner, Pittsboro:
My fondest recollections of visitors in my grandparents home include when Jeff [Starkweather] came to visit and dine with us. Jeffery gave life and faces to African Americans of this county via the local paper. My grandparents admired his work so much. They were born in the 1800s and were only exposed to a few people in my life time that wanted to make a difference in Chatham to the degree that Jeffrey sought after in the local grassroots community
This county has had a quiet conversation about race all of my life and Jeffrey is comfortable with truth no matter how difficult it may be. We need this skill in our elected officials. Discussions about race, culture, class will be significant as the configuration of the Chatham County population evolves. We need him to be at the table with Mr. Lucier, Mr. Thompson and Mr. Vanderbeck making choices about how this countys future will be shaped.
Mr. Starkweather really believes in humanity and its ability to make positive differences. He is Chatham Countys change candidate. My being a product of a farm community in the 1960s and a black woman in Chatham County. I can only support Mr. Starkweather as the best choice for county commissioner [in District 2] because of his tireless commitment to justice and doing what is right to make sure all people enjoy a reasonable quality of life. In this case Jeffery has served the community the longest period of time on the more broad scale.
Sally Kost is another easy choice to make in voting for experience and expertise in fiscal responsibility. Consider a candidate with more than twenty years in budgeting. Examine a county that will need school construction that is on the scale of Wake Countys growth. Chatham has approved many homes to be erected. In a considerable number of those homes will necessitate public schools. Contemplate Sally Kost as the candidate with school construction budgeting expertise. Sally is the clear candidate to answer the call for the county infrastructure issues that are here now.
Sally Kost is a native of North Carolina and is also the extraordinarily competent Chair of the county planning board. Who better to help provide county oversight as the commissioners fashion the kind of growth that supports a high quality of life for the residents of Chatham County than Sally? Sally has a warm persona and a get the job done attitude. These assets are all needed in the negotiations that will be taking place in these next few years. Please choose candidates that possess knowledge, skills, and abilities to the position of county commissioner as well as those candidates that can meet the demands of the new millennium.
Having a female on the team is an added dimension that will serve to enhance the leadership of the Chatham County Board of Commissioners.
Michele Berger, Pittsboro:
Because of their long-time involvement in Chatham County political affairs, Sally Kost and Jeffrey Starkweather are acutely aware of the big issues that face us today. They also possess a fine grasp of the details that make up these issues. They also bring considerable credentials to the table. Their vision of a home-grown economic base, a robust farming community providing food security for Chatham, creating sustainable communities where citizens can walk, meet and create fellowship will make our growing county extraordinary. This is the kind of leadership of which we can be proud.
Ilana Dubester, Silk Hope area:
Our County's resources are under intense pressure and I'm endorsing Jeff and Sally because I believe in their experience, credentials, intelligence, and their commitment to preserve our natural resources. And these are only a few of the reasons!
In addition to the above, Kost and Starkweather are endorsed by:
Pittsboro Mayor Randy Voller and Pittsboro Commissioner Pamela Baldwin
School Board Member Holly Duncan
Former County Commissioner Gary Phillips
Pittsboro Together chair Jim Hinkley
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