Here is a letter from Christina Miller Anderson:
Dear Cary residents:
I am one of the Millers that you have been hearing about. There are a few people in the area with agendas that have already formed opinions about our family. This letter is not for them:-). This is to all of the newer families who have decided, like myself, to live and raise a family here. I would like to give you a chance to know our family before forming an opinion.
I am very proud of this town. My great grandfather was Mayor of Fox River Grove. Lake Julian used to be his gravel pit. Like my father and grandmother, I grew up here. Growing up we were always told to be appreciative of what we have, and I am. I am blessed to be able to live where I live. I have watched Cary grow from a quaint, rural town into a developed town trying to maintain that small-town feel. We have a great community who comes together in many respects. Unfortunately, election season is not one of those times.
There are people who have said very negative things about one of the oldest families in the town. Mine. I can’t sit around anymore and listen to these lies. We are not corrupt. Living in a small town you get to know people. Lots of people. That doesn’t make us corrupt. We are all active members of this community and have built a lot of relationships in the process. Nobody owes us anything.
My brother and I went to Saints Peter and Paul. During that time my parents were actively involved in their fundraisers and Bingo. I had such a great experience at SSPP that my husband and I have decided to send our kids there. It is exciting to me that my children will walk those same halls and that I get to tell them I went to the same school. I also feel quite blessed to have my extended family living so close, yet this is often painted in a negative light by a select few.
My father owns a business here (Lake Julian Contracting). He is an active member of the Cary Grove Rotary. He was one of the founders of the Cary Winter Farmer’s market and has been an advocate for the Rotary to take on the Summer Market as well. He is a member of the Cary-Grove Chamber, happily volunteering his time at Cary Cruise Night and Main St Fest. He is not corrupt.
My father has somebody running against him for a volunteer precinct committeemen position. I have read such awful things written by her on Facebook and blogs about us. Ms. Weinhammer does not know us, has never even met us. She has formed her opinions by reading old newspaper articles and talking with some very negative people. I think most people would agree you don’t get a newspaper article written unless there is some perceived controversy so Ms. Weinhammer’s approach is one-dimensional at best. She provides one side of the story because it is in her best interest but also because that is all she knows.
My uncle (Bob Miller) was voted into his position. I am so sick of hearing that because his father was highway commissioner that Bob got to be. This is an ELECTED position and he does an amazing job at it. I will never forget the outpouring of support from the community a few years ago when the same group of individuals were pushing to eliminate the Township. Story after story came out from local residents about how Algonquin Township roads had the best snow removal service in the area, the best recycling center, and all sorts of programs and classes for people to take advantage of. There is a reason that all the negativity you hear focuses on relationships rather than the effectiveness of the Algonquin Township and it is because he does a great job of using limited resources to help the community the best way he can. He is not corrupt.
My Aunt (Anna May Miller) is running again for her spot on the County Board. For some reason these extremist have it out for her. They are running with the words “transparency” and “communication” and all I am hearing is “AGENDA”. Now I have no political or legal background. But when people have an agenda what is the first thing that they try to do? Get rid of the ones who don’t agree. It’s sad really because the knowledge that my Aunt has gained over the years is very beneficial for the board. She knows her history and is trying to do what she feels is best for the county. She is not corrupt.
My Cousin (Rebecca Lee) has also decided to raise her family here. She is an amazing attorney and an active member of this community. She is not corrupt.
These people making cries about corruption are giving us more credit than we deserve. We have no pull in this town I promise. We are simply a large, local family that continues to work to improve our community. In the process we build a lot of positive relationships. The opposition is effectively doing the same thing, albeit through shared hatred, division, and negativity rather than positive relationships.
Lake Julian is not corrupt. We operate a local business. The trout farm brings people into this town to come fishing. We have menus to all the local restaurants to promote to visitors looking for breakfast/lunch/dinner options. We have the veteran group put up their Memorial Day Honor Flags on our front hill. It is a wonderful dedication that is perfectly placed for all to see. They also hold their Honor Flight celebrations here with bands, food, and activities. It is a great time and I would recommend more families attend. I think it is cool to have a trout farm in our town (I’m biased :), I know) There aren’t very many around anymore. It’s a tourist attraction. I encourage you all to come down to the Trout Farm this season when we open in April too! Now all we need is some more businesses to come in and we will be set.
Since my grandmother has fallen ill I have chosen to operate the Trout farm for her. I am not corrupt. I am however following in my grandmother’s footsteps. Does that make me a bad person? I look at this as an opportunity to try to get more activities/ options available to offer the town of Cary. I encourage you all to meet us. I have small children who are getting to be school aged and I am excited to keep meeting people through their school and activities.
Now I ask you, why would some people want to get rid of us? Don’t we want businesses in Cary? Don’t we want to give outsiders a reason to come to Cary? Why would other businesses make Cary their home while we have people trying to overregulate and run businesses out of town?
I would love for more businesses to come to Cary. I have been personally emailing Woodman’s and Marianos to take a look at the old Craft Concrete lot (anything will do but it’s the perfect spot don’t you think? 🙂 ). Cary needs businesses. Cary does not need people pitting us against each other. In the end we all want the same things. To have a great town. So let’s try and work together and make Cary live up to its potential.
I will leave you with this. Please, please, please don’t believe everything you read. We are not bad people. We care about this community just like all of you.
Christina Miller Anderson