Letter to the Editor: Virginia Penley & Pittsboro Matters
I was surprised you gave front page coverage to Virginia Penley’s article “Pittsboro Matters doesn’t really matter anymore”. This article presented one side of the issue with contrived facts, poor logic and made misinformed leaps in judgement. She began with a misdirect, “I am on the same side of most issues and values with a majority of the folks who support Pittsboro Matters ,” and talked about the natural beauty of this area then she began her attack. With an inaccurate grasp of the facts she proceeded to attack Pittsboro Matters (PM) and its leaders. Her motivation here is suspect and the totality of her argument revolved around how many “members” comprise PM. This appears to be a red herring again to mislead the public from the changing elements within the Plan for Chatham Park. Ms. Penley comes across to me as less than honest, manipulative, and carrying her own vendetta for Pittsboro Matters.
I am a permanent resident of Pittsboro and I am deeply grateful for “watchdog” role that PM plays for the rest of us in this area. They are keeping us informed on what is happening with the park and local government and this serves us well.
Perhaps it is best if we focus on the responding article: Amanda Robertson’s (“Facts Matter”) point #4. “Why does CPI suddenly need Pittsboro and Chatham County to financially support their infrastructure development?” We have a very small tax base completely unprepared and seemingly unable to underwrite the kind of growth that CPI has publicly postured. Certainly this was not originally part of the master plan that I heard about. I would be opposed to raising our taxes to support a multi-billionaire’s project to exponentially grow this area around us. My vote, would be to scale down the CPI’s park by 70% and look at a project that would bring growth closer to 20,000 more residents over the next 25 years in an environmentally conscious plan.
– Jeshua Pacifici