To the Editor: Former BG administrator warns of charter amendment effects
Written by Colleen Smith   
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 10:40
I had the honor and the privilege of working for you, the citizens of Bowling Green, for 30 years. Bowling Green is a great community because of the citizens who live and work here.
I am concerned for each of you because of the proposed amendment to the City's Charter that will be on the Nov. 5 ballot.
Supposedly the purpose of the amendment is to prevent fracking in the city. The proposed amendment, however, addresses many issues other than fracking.
I agree we do not want fracking in Bowling Green and fortunately City Council has passed an ordinance prohibiting such activity. I suspect many of you have no idea how this proposed Charter Amendment could impact your personal lives such as the use of a lawnmower that is gasoline operated, use of lighter fluid to light your charcoal grill, turning on your clothes dryer, or using your wood burning fireplace. Not to mention the negative impact on utility rates and on our local industries and businesses.
I am concerned that you will see language on the ballot "Right to Pure Water," "Right to Clean Air," "Right to Peaceful Enjoyment of Home" and you will vote "yes" because who in Bowling Green, including me, doesn't want those things!
But please vote "no" on the proposed Charter Amendment. It will not be good for you or our City.
Colleen Smith
Retired Municipal Administrator, Bowling Green

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