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Cary votes to change Community Tree's name

Posted January 14, 2010
Updated January 15, 2010

— A holiday-decorated Community Tree inside Cary’s Town Hall that debate among council members and residents now has a name.

The Cary Town Council voted 6-1 Thursday to call it the Cary Community Christmas Tree. Council member Julie Robison voted against the change.

The decoration has been called the Community Tree since it first went up in 2006. It is decorated with ornaments donated by businesses and organizations throughout the community.

The debate over the proposed name change fueled a flood of angry e-mails to the Town Council and even the mayor last December.


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  • cary1969 Jan 15, 2010

    the mtg didn't cost anything because it was part of a normal town discussion. at least the newly elected officials listened to the public this time.

  • delilahk2000 Jan 15, 2010

    didisaythat, You are right that part hit me the wrong way too. if people moving here from other countries do not like our beliefs,then they should go back to where they came from. This is OUR HERITAGE AND WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO CELEBRATE THEM> no one aked you to move here. THIS COUNTRY IS GETTING TO POLITICALY CORRECT AT THE EXSPENSE OF ITS OWN CITIZENS AND I FOR ONE AM GETTING SICK OF IT. AS FAR AS DOING AWAY WITH OUR HOLIDAYS, WE ARE NOT GOING TOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • nobama Jan 15, 2010

    I'm glad that after 4 years Cary finally got it right and decided to call the Christmas tree a Christmas tree. I actually found the word community to be very offensive since I don't live in Cary and don't belong to their community but another community and would feel that they were excluding me.

  • wildcat Jan 15, 2010

    This helps PEOPLE help other PEOPLE without using tax dollars to do so.

    How? Who paid for the electric to light up the tree? Did not think of that did you. Of course the tax payers picked up the tab. :)

  • Adelinthe Jan 15, 2010

    chickenlittle - "This was and will be a waste of tax payer dollars."

    This helps PEOPLE help other PEOPLE without using tax dollars to do so.

    The cost of a tree and decorations is minimal when compared to that, especially since the tree is artificial and both it and the decorations have already been paid for.

    God bless.


  • wildcat Jan 15, 2010

    Tax payers money is always being wasted on junk like this. The way the economy is you would think the CEO's etc. would use their brains for a change.

  • wildcat Jan 15, 2010

    This is not really news. Who cares what they name the tree, keep the one they already have and move on.

  • chickenlittle Jan 15, 2010

    This was and will be a waste of tax payer dollars. Now that the town is officially displaying a Christmas tree in town hall, they will be required by law to display any other religious symbols that a citizen/group requests to be on display. There is established case law about this.

    End result is the town will defend themselves from another ACLU lawsuit (sign ordinance is currently in court), or the town hall will become cluttered with decorations from many religions.

    Either way, tax payers lose.

  • didisaythat Jan 15, 2010

    I am glad everyone liked what honesty had to say, although, one thing did rub me wrong when he/she said that they would like to do away with all holiday traditions to be inclusive. I want my children to know about Christmas and all other traditions I GREW UP WITH. I remember when we said the pledge of aliegence, respected America for what it is. I want to keep the traditions just like any other person in their own country takes part in their traditons. Why should Christians or Americans not be proud of their heritage and be public about it. I hate it when I see things like not calling it a Christmas Tree because you don't want to offend. Or to take away a statue of the Ten Commandments that has been in a courthouse or gov't building for 50 years but now it may offend someone. Or to try and take "In God We Trust" off of the US Dollar Bill. Why take my heritage and traditions away.

  • skidkid269 Jan 15, 2010

    I'm surprised Cary allows something that decorative in the city limits. They normally have an ordinance against anything flashy, wild, or fun.