How sad and impoverished is the soul which must focus on tearing down that which it does not understand. Tanya, learn to look for the blessings, the fun, the GOOD stuff in life! For the rest of us, let's just continue to appreciate excellent works AND let's also keep the ability to enjoy them to the utmost.
Why would some of the commissioners and county staff choose to "remain in the dark about the rationale behind certain scores" from Olver? They represent the taxpayers who paid for the study and should be fully informed about how decisions were reached. Why should commissioners take a hands-off, know-nothing approach? Instead, there should be maximum transparency, as this decision will affect many of us long-term, has the potential to degrade the environment in a relatively pristine natural area, and would make Rt. 54 much more dangerous for walkers and bikers.
The article says: "OWASA board member Alan Rimer . . . wrote that an estimated additional 74,000 miles would be traveled by Chapel Hill trucks alone . . . ."
Is this per year, or another time period? This should be specified.
Reading the full transcript of the interview, I felt that at several points Matt was asking inappropriate questions, pushing for a specific answer, and was prejudiced, because he had not done sufficient research on the Prison Ashram Project and did not have a good understanding of the workings of the Project. It made me wonder whether he was prejudiced about other points. I don't know the truth in this, but it did raise red flags. I think it might have been better if he had visited the Project when volunteers were working there, to see the daily work and understand the demands and expenses of processing the large mail volume and sending out books.
Lisa, I read the interview. It seems that they had, at the most, four days, since you called them Monday afternoon. They had four days to do the interview with you, and then formulate their own response. They talked about not having enough time to contact other people who worked with them, and then refer you to the people who were willing to talk with you. This seems very strange to me--what was the rush? It does not seem fair, since you spent--how long--months? preparing.
To Matt and the editors: Why were Bo, Sita and Catherine given so little time to respond to all the allegations? It seems from the interview that you were rushing them. You gave them less than five days, after preparing yourself for weeks or months.
Sopachochog, I agree with you completely that Bo and Sita have helped thousands around the world through their decades of hard work and dedication. They have definitely saved lives and helped turn lives around. They are a treasure, and they deserve appreciation and honor for all they have done. But I think trespasses should not simply be forgiven if they have hurt others. Several people have come forward to say that they have been hurt, and that the wounds are deep and lasting. It does not seem that these people have suffered because they are hypocritical about sex. And instances of anger and bullying were described. Something should be done to heal these wounds, even if all that can be done is to bring these stories into the light of day. We can also support and love everyone involved, on all sides of the issue, and encourage them to learn from the experience. I don't feel that good works, even the tremendous dedication of Bo and Sita, should simply excuse an act that harms another. We can honor the work and support the continuation of the work, and still deal with the trespass. As Neem Karoli Baba said, "Do what you must with people, but never shut them out of your heart." I revere Bo and Sita for their lifelong dedication and the way they have helped and inspired so many, but I do not excuse what has been alleged, either. I feel sadness and compassion for everyone involved, including Bo, Sita, and the HKF board.
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