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This article clearly represents the disconnect that government bureaucrats have with everyone else. I don't think that ebt was ever intended buy all your food, rather it was to subsidize it. The only misconception here is that Ms Arbogast thinks that individuals can't routinely eat off of $200/mo. Shame on Director Benton for giving credence to this silly challenge. How about initiate a drive to collect coupons for these folks that seem to find the time to collect them. You are out of touch...
Heisenberg: The link you provided contradicts your previous point. Looks like a cool concept to me.
Bottom line. Ideologues should be sidelined. Boycotting is not the answer and neither is requiring unreasonable studies. It is fine for local businesses to have concern and even request further study, even though I don’t necessarily agree with their position. What is not ok is for the downtown merchants to expect every issue to go their way or to believe that town council decisions are nefarious when they don’t. Having said that, it is shameful and absolutely foolish for individuals to call for boycotts of local businesses. I have read the blogs on the Moore Tea Citizens website. My take on that dude…”You can wrestle with a pig if you want to, but the result is you both get dirty and the pig liked it.”
Why? The tennis courts are crumbling. The playground has not had a facelift in a long, long time. The basketball courts need to be redone to allow the players and spectators ample room play and to observe. The pavilion just opens it to another, needed, use. The green space not only survives, but also gets enhanced. There are a few things that newcomers use to gauge the health of town vibrancy and involvement. Parks are one of them. Fortunately, our parks are plentiful for a town of our size, but the one that is the center of attention, the downtown park, needs an update. The plan takes in a lot of additional uses while still enhancing the original uses. As for cost, this is a Master Plan and the article speaks of how the design is done so it can be completed in phases. Not only would cost drive those phases, but also what parts of the park are in use at certain times of the year. Bravo for a well thought out plan. After the citizens have had input, and any tweaks incorporated, let’s get it done.
I feel most of you, on both sides of the argument; have no idea what you are writing about. It's just regurgitated hyperbole gained from sources motivated by ideology.
When one person quits...it's a hissy fit. When near about your entire commission quits, it’s far more than that. From the article, I gather that there has been an unwritten protocol that has been respected in the past and for whatever reason and without warning this Council decided to go about it differently. While it’s entirely within Council’s charge to do that, it has negative integrity implications. Keep in mind; this Appearance Commission is made up of volunteers of the town that donate their time and effort to this board. I’m reasonably certain that the volunteer file is not overrunning with people to donate in this capacity. For the Council and the Mayor do a sudden about face does seem strange. It displays an arrogance that is not only unfortunate but also disruptive to spirit that thrives in Southern Pines. I almost feel there is an “us against them” mentality developing in this town that is being reinforced by recent Council actions. It’s odd how term limits apply to everybody that’s not in charge.
The first part of this story puzzles me. So town council voted to re-zone a downtown property against all of the reported opposition. How does that happen? This vote sounds ominous. Also, the attorney that filed for the re-zoning is not the owner. How does that happen? Looks like a hoax put on by some individuals and council bit hook, line, and sinker. Way to be thorough in making decisions that effect the town. As for the tricksters…Shame on you.
The first part of this story puzzles me. So town council voted to re-zone a downtown property against all of the reported opposition. How does that happen? This vote sounds ominous. Also, the attorney that filed for the re-zoning is not the owner. How does that happen? Looks like a hoax put on by some individuals and council bit hook, line, and sinker. Way to be thorough in making decisions that effect the town. As for the tricksters,…Shame on you.
With so much office space available downtown, why would the town councilmen even consider this. If anything residential properties need to be increased and promoted downtown not the opposite. I urge the town to heed the neighbors will. Rezoning is intended to to satisfy needs and not wants...This is a want.
No offense taken. There are some new townhouses in downtown Southern Pines that are literally 100 ft from the RR tracks. Attracted some nice folks. You are making statements that you simply don't know to be true and Council can't make decisions on what they "feel" to be true but what they know to be true. There are also an unbelievable amount of excess residential single family homes available at this time too. Why don't we oppose building new ones? Please do not make my comment any more than what it was. It was general, not specific, just general. 4 miles is still pretty close.
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