There is nothing more to think about – we oppose
In response to “Residents question developer’s vision” Sept. 22]
Residents oppose developer’s vision. Over 100 people showed up that rainy windy night, most in red shirts showing opposition. All public speakers said they opposed it, except for The Moser Group’s reps.
When asked for a show of hands the entire audience raised their hands in opposition, except for Moser’s reps.
There was no need for questions about the proposal, the answers are pretty clear – wrong time, wrong place, wrong person.
Wesley Chapel is only two years into their five-year Land Use Plan; Village Commons should be completed before considering a new commercial development; and according to their portfolio from The Moser Group’s website, they have never produced any high-end shopping centers, instead boasting businesses including Biscuitville, Valvoline, KFC and WashOne.
Cathi Higgins, Indian Trail
Broadsheet redesign evokes hate from reader
You asked for feedback on your new style – so here goes: I HATE IT. Too big. It takes up practically the whole table. I do a lot of sitting in the car waiting in car lines at two schools or sitting in doctors offices and like to read. The old format was smaller, easier to read a whole page without folding in half or quarters to finish the story. In other words, a small town newspaper for small towns.
Also, the idea of taking a 12-page newspaper and splitting it into two sections is just plain ridiculous. Sorry to say, but you are not “The New York Times” with sections A through H. I was raised in Chicago, which had four major newspapers at one time, now down to two – The Chicago Tribune and The Chicago Sun-Times. For lack of a better term, we subscribed to the Sun-Times because of its magazine-type format. It was so much easier to read on the bus and subway system or the trains that took people downtown. I used to laugh at the people struggle with the Tribune, folding and re-folding, shoving their elbows into the person seated next to them as they tried to finish a story on another page or even another section.
Let’s face it, you are trying to reach an audience who lives in the ‘burbs with local news, upcoming events, Aunt Sally’s recipe for the best biscuits, etc. I’m sure a lot of people read The Charlotte Observer or The Enquirer for widespread coverage of city and national news. Let them do their thing and your organization do what they did best – keep a small town newspaper small. Don’t try to imitate or be something you’re not.
One more thing. Concerning your “Fired Up” section, if people have the gumption to rant, then they should have the courage to sign their names. Most newspapers won’t publish an opinion without the person’s name. At the very least, print their initials. Thank you for the opportunity to “rant.”
Mary Ann DeSimone, Weddington
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