City councilman Eugene Brown, known as "Sound-Bite Brown" by some of his colleagues, took his stand on Durham's long-running chicken question just before the council voted last night:
"There is the old expression — philosophical, biological — Which came first, the chicken or the egg?' And that has been debated for centuries. And at times it seems like we have deated this ordinance for centuries.
"But tonight, the question is not Why did the chicken cross the road? but, Will we allow chickens to cross the city line and reside in the city of durham?
"This very long debate that we’ve had, since I guess last summer and beyond, certainly it’s been tiresome at times. I’ve stated obviously there are more important issues. But tonight it’s going to be decided.
"And when you look back, this ordinance we’re talking about, this ordinance is much like an egg: It’s been scrambled, it’s been fried, and tonight it will be hopefully served on a platter sunny side up."