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Monday, September 23, 2013
Re: “A community of interests,” Sept. 11 editorial:
I commend the editorial staff, particularly the headline writer. However, it is naï ve and premature to dub Supervisor Ed Elswick’s resolution “bad.”
Local government’s primary charge is to balance community interests in favor of the majority of constituents within its jurisdiction. Identifying those interests and tabulating balances of their influence on local policies is the issue that Elswick has committed himself to address.
It is no secret that self-government on all levels is increasingly influenced by self interests of big business through lobbying and strategic political contributions.
Elswick’s efforts to convince colleagues on the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors to resolve to honor the intent of the existing zoning ordinance related to property rights does nothing to change the ordinance. In fact, it clarifies the obligations of elected representatives to hear (and respond to) their constituency in a balanced, fair manner.
Contrary to the editor’s opinion, zoning ordinances, as tools of law, are designed to be inflexible documents to avoid political manipulation. You cite the regional chamber’s evaluation, but that is more damaging than any assistance Elswick may have received from citizens of districts other than his own.
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