Last summer my momma laid in the yard for one hour bleeding profusely as she waited for emergency services to help transport her to the hospital. she suffered broken teeth, multiple lacerations, bruises and a concussion. While angered, I wasn’t surprised because just 21 years ago my mother-in-law also waited for over an hour for medical transportation. While my momma thankfully survived her accident, my mother-in-law passed away at Duke Medical Center. That night I had to look at my children and tell them that their grandma was in Heaven. If you live in northern Orange County this is the expectation - high taxation with little representation. 

Recently our county commissioners voted to build a new and larger jail on property that will have runoff that goes directly into the Eno River, water that Hillsborough residents drink everyday. This was to the protests of many. How ironic that the place where African men who were once in chains and forced to clear and work that very same property will now be housed disproportionately in new shackles so the county can make additional revenue. It’s a sad fact that there are more African-American prisoners in America than any other race, yet in our progressive county we seem to want to encourage this trend by inviting more federal prisoners so our county government can help offset excessive spending on other special interests. 

Twice in the past 20 years I’ve called 911 requesting assistance only to have my rural phone call bounce first to Durham, the Orange, then to the Park Service; I never received any assistance. 

Inequality continues in Orange County, especially for citizens in the northern part of the county. While commissioners fight over a man’s right to fly a flag on his property, they seem to miss the point. We just want to be heard, represented fairly and treated with the same respect our neighbors in Chapel Hill and Carrboro receive. Yes, many of us are country folk and while we may not have the fancy diplomas on the wall we have had to learn to take care of ourselves because we know that we can’t rely on Orange County. 

Craig Carter 

Hillsborough, NC