Your View: He’s wrong. Trinity, Dayton don’t compare

Mar. 29, 2013 @ 10:17 PM

In his March 18  letter (“Why can’t Trinity have growth like this?”) Mike Robertson criticizes the “five controlling members” of Trinity City Council and asserts that they “work their back-room deals.” 
Robertson, whose continuing criticisms of Trinity City Council may or may not be connected to the fact that Robertson is himself a two-time loser on the campaign trail for Trinity City Council and a quitter from the Parks and Recreation Committee, never attends any City Hall meetings but instead uses the letters page of The High Point Enterprise to complain.  So even if there were “back room deals” being “worked,” Robertson is hardly in a position to know about them since he never shows his face at City Hall.
Robertson’s main theme is to compare Trinity with the town of Dayton, Tenn.  This comparison is akin to comparing a pickup truck with a four-door sedan.  Here are some facts, available on the web, Robertson didn’t mention in his letter.
Dayton’s tax is 47 cents per $100 whereas Trinity’s is 10 cents per $100.  Dayton incorporated in 1903; Trinity incorporated in 1997.  That’s a 94-year lead apropos development.  The Dayton Urban Cluster, which includes developed areas adjacent to the city and extends south to Graysville, had 10,174 people in 2010 and is located in a very rural and agriculturally based area with the closest large city of Chattanooga located some 38 miles away.  All this makes Dayton a prime location for the retail that Robertson is so worked up about.
The main point is that Dayton is positioned TO SERVE the surrounding area with retail while Trinity, as a bedroom community latterly incorporated, is SERVED BY the surrounding area.
But there’s nothing stopping Robertson from relocating to Dayton, and I’d respectfully like to encourage him to do so.
JERRY STURGIS
Trinity

Prayer breakfast promotes time of reflection
We are blessed here in High Point to have a YMCA Board of Trustees and the Qubein Foundation bring to the community a Lenten Prayer Breakfast. The Rev. Dr. Joe Blasser, assistant professor of religion and philosophy, High Point University, gave an inspirational speech that gave us “food for thought” during this Holy Week.  The High Point University Chamber Singers, directed by Marc Foster, presented an arrangement of “My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord” that would “bring down the house” in Carnegie Hall in New York. Thank you for this time of reflection.
DON AND CAROLYN KEARNS
High Point

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The “spring” weather in the Triad recently has been colder than the average and frustratingly windy for some. What are your thoughts on the weather? In 30 words or less (no name, address required), email us your thoughts to letterbox@hpe.com.

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