This simply shows how totally ignorant these commissioners are. That they know little about politics is overshadowed by their complete lack of knowledge about economics and how free enterprise works! Businesses work for a profit. By raising the nearly doubling the minimum wage, you are forcing businesses to cut corners to keep their profit margin. If they cannot make a profit, why should they stay in business?
This drastic increase in wages will cause the very employees whom the commissioners intend to help greater hardships. There hours will be cut and, when that doesn’t work (and it will not) to save the “profit-margin”, some will be laid off. Please tell me, commissioners, how does raising ones wages, to the point that the employer can no longer afford to employ these minimum waged employees, help them?
I have never believed in “Eminent Domain”, nor the right of any municipality to rule over an individual’s Constitutional rights. I reject the idea, and practice, of cities voting to expand, at the expense of those living outside of the city and paying “county” taxes, without the persons who are most effected having a say in the matter. Once a city “expands”, the county residents must pay city taxes as well as county taxes. The new “City” dwellers are ordered to tap onto “City” water and sewer, ignoring the perfectly GOOD wells these people are using. As for widening this road, it is for one reason only: the convenience of the CITY! It is a short road and needs not to be widened. It is being done simply because some powerful person wants it. You never see the roads and walkways around the homes of the persons making these decisions disturbed…..Do You?
While I refuse to condemn or support either party in this shooting, I remind you that prior to “9/11”, the men who hi-jacked the airplanes which flew into the World Trade Center buildings, the Pentagon and crashed in route to D.C, were also welcomed into their communities and were not considered a threat. Let us not be too hasty in support of those whom we know not much about.
The only benefits to evolve from this development will fall into the hands of Jim Goodnight and Tim Smith; all other persons be damned! It is no more complicated than that. Jordan Lake was developed as a sports resort, complete with hunting, fishing, boating and recreational rights for everyone. It was not designed to support the water usages of Cary, Apex, Pittsboro and now CHATHAM PARK! This move, however profitable to the developers, will destroy Jordan lake, as it is evident that the water to supply this Park will eventually be drawn from there. Sure, there will be increased tax revenue, but this will be offset by the increased usage of Chatham County resources. Supporters of this plan are quoted as saying “The developers envision it as a sequel to Research Triangle Park.” While this may be there plan, or dream, it is totally flawed; as RTP is only about 70% of what it was in the 80’s and there is no reason to believe companies will skip-over RTP and flock into Chatham County. If they are not flourishing in an established site as is RTP, what possible reason would one have to believe Chatham Park will fare any better. I envision a disaster in the making and support any and all who oppose this development. R.W. Hagler
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