To the Editor: Anti-fracking petition signer wants his signature back
Written by Ed Connell   
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 09:48
A few months ago a stranger came to my door and asked me to sign a petition in support of banning fracking in the city of Bowling Green. It seemed like good idea to me, so I signed it and got back to my busy day. But the more I learn, the more I wish I could have my signature back.
I've learned that the tactic the petitioners chose was to try to change our city's charter. I've learned that many of the petitioners aren't even from BG. I've learned that fracking in BG isn't happening now and isn't ever very likely to happen because of our geography. After carefully reading all three pages of it, I have learned that this proposal deals with a lot more than fracking. It has lots of lofty and vague wording. It's a bit like signing a petition in support of apple pie only to find that you can never have the apples unless they have been grown in a "peaceful" surrounding of "pure" water and "natural communities and ecosystems," and of course using only renewable and sustainable energy to harvest and transport them.
I've learned that many people including our current and former mayors and people who have served on previous charter reviews think this amendment is a bad idea. I've learned that the city already has a ban on fracking making this whole thing unnecessary.
The more I read, the more I learn this group of activist for this amendment have not been able to make their case. Now I read in the paper that one of the supporters of the proposed charter amendment (who doesn't even live in BG) says our Mayor's approach in opposing this initiative is evil and bullying. C'mon, really? We are talking about Mayor Edwards, right? Other highly regarded officials are accused of propaganda and betraying the public trust? It seems to me like this small group, having lost the argument on substance, is now resorting to ultimatums and name calling. Time to pack up their carpet bags and go home.
On Nov.  5 I'm going to go to the polls and get my signature back. I'm voting no on this ballot initiative to amend BG's charter.
Ed Connell
Bowling Green

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