Fire Station 8 Dedication in Cary

[Editor’s Note: This summer, CaryCitizen is rich in talented, smart interns. We sent Austin Cooper, a rising senior at UNC Chapel Hill, to cover the opening of Fire Station #8, a “climate showcase” building designed with environmental sustainability in mind.

“How was it?” I asked Austin on the phone. Long silence. I could sense his disapproval. Read more

Students Abroad: Trip to India Reflects on Cary


Story and photos by Jamie Berger, an undergraduate at UNC Chapel Hill from Cary, NC.

Cary, NC – Approximately one-third the size of the United States, but home to about 17% of the world’s population, India is best described as a country of extremes.  Characterized by infinite diversity and cultural abundance, India is a place of both extravagant wealth and unimaginable poverty.  Its vast history has been shaped by the cruelest tyranny and the very essence of peace, and today it stands at the fascinating confluence of countless ancient traditions and the West’s globalizing modernity. Read more

Letters: Do We Pet Horses or Eat Them?


Dear Editor:

Last week, food safety officials in United Kingdom, France, and Sweden found traces of horse meat in ground beef sold across Europe. Massive recalls and lawsuits are ensuing.

Can it happen here? Horse slaughter for human consumption was banned in the U.S. between 2007 and 2011. But now, a New Mexico slaughterhouse is getting approved by U.S. authorities to slaughter horses for human consumption, and a Philadelphia restaurant has already announced plans to serve horse meat.

I marvel at our hypocrisy of rejecting the notion of horse or dog meat on our dinner plates, while condemning cows, pigs, and chickens to the same fate. Obviously, we have established special relationships with horses and dogs as our companions, protectors, and sports protagonists, rather than as food. But where is the ethical and logical distinction, given that all these animals are endowed by individuality, sentience, and an ability to experience the same feelings of joy, affection, sadness, and fear that we do?

Fortunately, our health food industry has spared us from having to choose which animals to pet and which ones to eat. Their delicious soy and grain-based meat alternatives are available in every supermarket.

Ralph Cooper
Raleigh, NC


Photo by Cindy Cornett Seigle.

Letters: Where’s the Respect?

To the Editor,

After attending the WCPSS BOE meeting on Tuesday, March 27th, I walk away more disturbed by the actions of some of those in attendance then any topic discussed during the meeting. Read more

Humorist: Bang a Pan, It’s New Year’s Eve

Cris Cohen is CaryCitizen’s Resident Humorist. Photo by Paul Galipeau.

When I was a kid, New Year’s Eve meant sleeping over at a friend’s house, staying up very late, and physically assaulting cookware. At midnight, whoever was babysitting would send us out onto the driveway and have us hit pots with wooden spoons. Several new years were rung in to the sounds of some sort of saucepan violence. As a result, it is possible that various cooking sets dreamed of one day having a celebration of their own where they beat small children. Read more

Harold’s Blog: Trains and Trees

From the blog of Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht, covering the week through December 4, 2011. Photo of Old Time Winter Festival by Hal Goodtree.

Cary, NC – This week’s activities were comprised mostly of meetings and events. Read more

Harold’s Blog: Mayors Meet, Police Pledges, Giving Thanks, Cary’s Low Costs

From the blog of Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht, covering the week through November 27, 2011. 

Cary, NC – This week was a holiday week so there were just a few events and meetings. Read more

Reflections on Veterans Day

Guest post for CaryCitizen by Senator Wesley Meredith. He serves in the North Carolina Senate representing District 19, Bladen and Cumberland counties. Senator Smith is also a veteran of the 82nd Airborne, 307th Corps of Engineers. Photo of NC Vietnam Veterans Memorial by Hal Goodtree.

Cary, NC – Today, we honor the bravest men and women our county has ever known: our veterans.  Life in the military is not an easy one. Milestones big and small are missed. From the first words and the home run hit, to birthdays and graduations; these are moments that can never be recreated.  Read more

Harold’s Blog: Life After the Election

From the blog of Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht, covering the week through October 23, 2011. Photo by BWohack.

Cary, NC – This week was my first full week as mayor without campaigning in several months. It was nice to turn all my attention to mayoral duties. Read more

Harold’s Blog: Thoughts and Reflections That Might Not be Relevant To My Service As Mayor

From the blog of Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht, covering the week through October 16, 2011. 

Cary, NC – This was a big week for me with Election Day on Tuesday.

WARNING: This post, unlike previous posts, will contain thoughts and reflections that might not be relevant to my service as mayor. Read more