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A local review

A brief update: I wrote about local politics a few weeks ago, and commended one fellow, Nels Roseland, for his no-nonsense stance on the issue. Well, the people of Cary, or at least the 2.5% of the town that showed up to vote, decided they disagreed. Roseland lost to Don Frantz by about 12 points.

Now, admittedly, I was only looking at this election through a single issue: the use of eminent domain. Well, as it turns out, this Frantz fellow is no big fan of it either:

Growth is healthy for Cary, but we need quality growth – not growth at all costs. Cary must do a better job at balancing the rights of folks to develop their property while respecting and protecting the rights of those who will be impacted by that development. Growth must be a benefit to the community, not a burden.

Also of interest on the above linked page is Frantz’s stance on the Wake County Public School System. He believes it to be overly large and unmanageably so, which may be true, and recommends that a “Western Wake County Public School System” be formed. An interesting idea, but it would take quite a bit of work. However — as he describes it — it would preclude people from doing exactly what I did, and many of my high school classmates, which is to attend a technology magnet high school outside of the “Western Wake” area.

I also notice that he slipped a jeer against “forced year round conversions” into his statement on public school. After going through 13 years of year round school, I wouldn’t have done it any other way. I also have yet to hear a compelling argument in favor of traditional calendars over year round, with their three month summers.

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  1. Don Frantz
    November 9, 2007 at 6:46 pm

    I am glad to hear year round schools worked well for you. I know many others who also prefer the year round calendar over traditional. I also know many who do not. My issue is with the “forced” part of it. It should be a choice.

  2. Don Frantz
    November 9, 2007 at 6:52 pm

    oops – I forgot. Yes I am no fan of eminent domain either.

    Do a little research an you’ll see why. The Town of Cary tried to kick me and 30 other “undesireable” businesses out of our downtown in the name of “progress” about 5 years ago.

    http://wral.com/news/local/story/103434/

  1. August 29, 2008 at 6:14 am

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