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Tuesday August 9th

Government the problem in the demise of Northside


Leave it to a Daily Tar Heel columnist to turn a clear-cut case of government injustice into a racial issue when none exists.

Although Domenic Powell himself spells out the cause of the demise of the Northside community (“Turning a blind eye to inequality,” Oct. 6) he is too blinded by ideology to recognize it.

Powell correctly points out that when tax assessors determine that a property has increased in market value the government then levies higher taxes on the owners.

But instead of questioning the heavy-handedness of the government, Powell creates a straw man, charging the Greenbrige developers with what amounts to racism.

Have we become so anesthetized to the incursion of government into our lives that we can no longer recognize cause and effect?

The Greenbridge developers are not forcing anyone from their homes, but in fact the government is through unjust taxation.

Powell should apologize for his baseless defamation of the Greenbridge developers.

James A. Wadsworth

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