I was a volunteer videographer and photographer at the conference, so I had the opportunity to capture visually much off what was happening at this well planned and managed event. In this case, a picture (or many pictures) is not worth 1000 words. Your words in this well written and highly informative article are exactly the kind of follow up that is invaluable in spreading the news about this critical conference and the crucial issues of global warming and climate change that,as Ryan said, are creating a different planet.
Thank you for choosing to cover the conference and for making the time to visit with Chatham farmers who are the "cream of the crop" when it comes to providing a high quality of nutrition and overall lifestyle for their neighbors.
~ Gary Simpson - Pittsboro
Listening to the hackneyed (no reference to Joe intended) mantra of Mayor Voller’s opponent at the recent LWV candidate forum in Pittsboro makes Mr. Tiemann’s letter all the more enlightening and important. In “Lockestep” with Tea Party politicians from the halls of Congress to the chambers of Chatham’s Board of Commissioners, the mayoral wannabe sought to paint a picture of a Town and its Mayor unfriendly to business. Voller’s opponent claims to offer new leadership that will rid the town of “too many regulations” and make the charming little berg “open for business”… any and all business… maybe even “green” (but don’t hold your breath on that one).
In the din of what has become an overused and devious drum beat, it is music to the ears to hear the owner of a new recording studio sing the praises of a “Can Do” Mayor (himself of person of business) with the will power and skill power to work with boards and the business community to get the job done right. An honest examination of Mayor Voller’s accomplishments, acumen, and advocacy along with his willingness and ability to reach out all people will give credence to the wise admonition: “If it ain’t broke; don’t fix it.” Pittsboro and its Mayor ain’t broke. Mr. Tiemann is right, “Randy Voller knows how to build consensus and get things done.”
Pittsboro is fortunate to have Mayor Voller running once again. There’s no need to march to the beat of a different drummer when there is a proven, tried and true percussionist already leading the parade.
~ Gary Simpson
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