Contempt for western Chatham

By now we all know the county commissioners voted 3-2 against the planning board's recommendation and will implement county wide zone as soon as possible.

I admit to being a little naive in that I truly believed the commissioners would listen to the ground swell of those opposed to one size fits all zoning and work with the residents to arrive at a compromise. I thought even if they didn't listen to residents, they would listen to the recommendations of the agri-business association, ag advisory committee, the planning board, farm bureau, and others.

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Bad zoning worse than no zoning

Bad zoning can be worse than no zoning. That is the title of a paper from Michigan State University in February of 2012. The newest commissioners are being lead/pushed by Karen Howard and others to ignore the 100s of citizens speaking against zoning their property and the recommendation of the majority of the planning board (PB). The residents and the PB have recommended that no zoning be implemented west of Hwy 87 until the comprehensive land use plan is complete and we know what the long term impacts might be. 

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Happy 4th of July

This weekend we celebrate the anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Most of us know the opening lines, but not all realize how exceptional it truly is. 

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

These are extraordinary words to use to birth a new nation. America was not to be defined by shared ethnicity, common heritage, or social class, but by an ideology.

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