Some don’t see the signs of Chatham Park’s hollow talk

by Mary Phyllis Horn

Pittsboro, NC – Oh Randy Voller, your short article in “Chatham County Line” is so gullible!

Or are you following what used to be called a “gentleman’s agreement” as was the custom up until the mid 1800s?  Meaning that what a gentleman says is what he’ll do?  Well, that’s no longer the case in this day and age.  Just reflect on what we see on TV so prevalently now: all those authoritatively sounding “talking-heads” and politicians and heads of corporations spouting what they will do.Then later look at their contradictory actions.


Photo via Conservation Fund.

Well, it’s the same thing with Chatham Park developers. They talk all those pretty sounding words that we environmentally-conscious people hold so dear. But then we look at what they did to Cary and are in the process of doing to Apex. They touted Reston, VA (if my memory serves me correctly, that’s the town) as the design they’ll put here in Pittsboro. Anyone who has ever been to Reston will know what a mess it is there.  We see that their pretty sounding words are hollow, in the face of what they have already said they’ll do for us and the contradictions their previous actions have proved.

This reminds me of a posting I saw for a month this spring. It was on the Baptist Church’s sign on Salisbury Street in Pittsboro: “People may question your words, but they will always believe your actions.”

We see the signs of Chatham Park’s hollow talk when we see little to no design changes to the original master plan.  After all, “no” action is really an action of saying “no” to what we request. That has happened at least three times if not more. Their resistance tells us that their true intentions are between them and their compatriots and the four Pittsboro town commissioners who are on board with them.  hey are not with those of us who truly care about preserving the environment and our current beautiful  way of life in Pittsboro.  Of course people begin to cry “corruption.” The signs of it are all over the proverbial “writing on the wall.”  We believe what they have already acted, not what their pretty words voice.

Randy Voller – and others who believe likewise – we are no longer in the day and age of the Gentleman’s Agreement.  To think that is to be naive and gullible.  These days, nothing can be counted on unless it’s in writing. In the circumstances with Chatham Park, it must be written into a contract with the town.