Every time I think I can’t be surprised or shocked by something in a political campaign I’m proven wrong. When I first read the flyer attributed to the Wolff for Mayor campaign committee that warns parents that their kids will be assaulted, molested, kidnapped or killed in the park if the IFC facility is built near Homestead Park, I was first disappointed, than angered that anyone running for office would choose hate, fear and scare tactics like in that flyer to get a few votes.
Citizens in Chapel Hill would not fall for this I thought, then someone told me the other night that plenty of people agree with the flyer’s sentiment. Let’s hope not and let’s hope that people don’t believe that electing one person can reverse town policies. This kind of campaigning is just wrong and unnecessary.
Reflecting on this caused me to remember a bit of Native American wisdom.
A Grandfather was talking to his grandson about how he felt. He said, "I feel as if I have two wolves fighting in my heart.
One wolf is the vengeful, jealous, angry, violent one.
The other wolf is the loving, compassionate one."
The grandson asked him, "Which wolf will win the fight in your heart?"
The grandfather answered, "The one I feed."
I just don’t believe people in Chapel Hill are confused about what’s right for this community and we will not support hate and fear. Please vote and encourage others to vote too.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Monday, October 3, 2011
Wow! Sunday we celebrated Festifall on Franklin Street and what an amazing event it was! Big thanks to all of the Parks and Rec staffers, other town staff members, volunteers, the entertainers, and all of the folks who operated booths. The weather was beautiful, the booths offered all sorts of arts and information, ant there were events for kids of all ages. The entertainment was varied and appealed to a variety of tastes.
The four hours we spent walking around and talking to friends and neighbors was just plain fun. It was good to see some of the Franklin Street businesses open and they seemed to be attracting customers. I have two observations though that I want to throw out. First, it didn’t seem that the street was as crowded as it has been in prior years. I don’t know if there is attendance data available that can confirm or refute my observation, but it would be good to find out. Second, there just didn’t seem to be as many Chapel Hill citizens participating as I would have hoped. Nothing scientific about this observation either.
It’s great that visitors come to support our event, but where were the people of Chapel Hill? It just seems to me that since we only have one street event a year, we would support it. I would hope people would come to a downtown event that they pay for and I hope they harbor no negative impressions of our downtown. I don’t know if that’s relevant in this case, but it would be great if we supported the Town, the staff and volunteers through our participation. Festifall was a ball!