|To the Editor: Aspacher states concerns about charter amendment|
|Written by Mike Aspacher|
|Monday, 21 October 2013 08:33|
I am writing to add my opinion to the discussion of the amendment to Bowling Green's City Charter that will appear on the November ballot. I would first like to express my respect for residents who participated in the petition drive and for the democratic process itself, which allows for all residents to be heard.
In regards to a ban on fracking activities within our city limits in order to protect the health and safety of our residents, I agree with members of the Protect BG group, although I am not convinced we will see fracking activities conducted in Bowling Green. However, I am very much opposed to the content of the proposed amendment and its passage.
I feel strongly that the proposed amendment is both inconsistent with the purpose of the City Charter and its intent to define the structure of our local government, and more importantly, that if adopted, it would serve only to damage the business environment in the city, as well as our ability to continue providing quality services to our residents.
It has been well said by others that the proposed amendment contains language that is vague and open to interpretation that is likely to result in damaging consequences. I firmly believe that the ordinance recently passed by City Council provides sufficient protection to our community should we be forced to protect ourselves against fracking activities in our community.
I strongly urge all voters in Bowling Green to read the proposed amendment in its entirety and consider its content in the context of this discussion. I believe that most will agree that the document is an unnecessary reaction to a problem that does not currently, and likely will not in the future, present a threat to the residents of Bowling Green.
I am thankful to live in a community where we can discuss meaningful issues without resorting to the political vitriol so common today. I am hopeful that those with opposing viewpoints remain mindful that we share a common goal, protecting the health and safety of the residents of Bowling Green.
I urge all residents to make their voices heard by voting on Nov. 5.
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