Keep 'Quality of Life'
One of the outstanding characteristics of the Sandhills throughout its history has been the leadership and vision of the town and its citizens.
The term "quality of life" is used often, and we pride ourselves on the uniqueness of our area. Having been residents of the area since 1966, we have been privileged to enjoy a "quality of life" that embraced beautiful gardens, trees that have been around for ages, the arts, poets and writers, beautiful architecture, outstanding medical care, plenty of open spaces untouched by the human hand, and individual and corporate civic responsibility.
It has been our understanding that most people move here to escape over- development and the subsequent problems associated with dense populations.
What, then, could possibly be the motivation to destroy an area known for its natural beauty, graceful living, and respect for the environment?
The juxtaposition of viewpoints expressed by Sara Jane Harmon, a town resident, and Robert Hayter, a resident of Vass, in their March 3 letters, was most interesting.
Ms. Harmon's status as a citizen of the town of Southern Pines strongly validated her position that "quality of life" be maintained by putting a moratorium on all development until impact studies have been pursued.
As a professional land designer, Robert Hayter's viewpoint was finely crafted but his opinion has to be viewed through the lens of his profession, and as a county resident.
As most residents of the town and Moore County, we have nothing to lose but the quality of life we all so proudly embrace and proclaim. Hopefully, all of the residents of Southern Pines and Moore County will move forward and be heard.
Milton J. and Elaine M. Sills
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