Because Durham County and Wake County officials aren't as concerned with urban sprawl and preserving the environmental integrity of their counties, Orange County officials should stop trying to plan the county's growth and stop trying to leave us some green space.
And if Durham County and Wake County want to walk off a bridge, Orange County should just follow them right off it.
TaxWatch, a Chapel Hill-based watchdog group that advocates "intelligent use" of taxpayer dollars, seems to want Orange County officials to always follow the lead of officials in surrounding counties.
In a letter to the Orange County Board of Commissioners, TaxWatch members said, "(Commissioners) spent $140,000, so they can challenge something that Durham County and Wake County don't seem to be worried about."
That something is Carolina Power & Light Co.'s proposed Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant waste storage expansion. And if Durham and Wake officials aren't worried about it, then why should our representatives?
In that case, if there's a Nazi concentration camp in your neighborhood and none of your neighbors are worried about it, then you shouldn't worry about it either.
Of course CP&L is not purposely trying to create some kind of nuclear holocaust; Orange County officials and CP&L officials just disagree about the safety of expanding the waste storage at Wake County's Shearon Harris.
But the analogy still stands: Simply because not everyone else thinks there's a problem, it doesn't mean that if you do think there is one you're the one who's wrong.
You could argue that Wake and Durham county officials have more of a vested interest in Shearon Harris, because their constituents live closer to the plant. But when it comes to a nuclear accident, a few miles won't make a difference.