October 12, 2005
Is this Democracy? Fair Hill Revisited.
Alison Asti is the director of the Stadium Authority, responsible for choosing Annapolis as the site of the horse park, sparing Fair Hill this past week.
"It was a very even match overall," Asti said, "which made our decision very difficult. We made it based on the criteria laid out, not on any public opinion. It didn't even come up."
Now why would she need to make a point of ignoring the public opinion? I can't for the life of me understand why, in a democracy these elected officials would emphasize that they dismissed the opinions of those they represent. "It didn't even come up"? Well, don't you think they should have at least discussed it? If that's true, that is ridiculous.
"I was very, very surprised and very, very disappointed," Cecil County Commissioners' President Nelson K. Bolender said. "I still think Fair Hill is the best location."
Another elected official just disregarding the will of the people of Cecil County here. I understand that they may feel this way behind closed doors, believing there are more pros than cons (of which public opinion is one), but why would they parade this in the press and to the public? He's "very, very disappointed" that his County didn't get something that virtually no one in the County wanted?
I'm telling you, this man should be voted out of office. In a democracy, a person who ignores those he is meant to represent for solely economic reasons is dangerous.
Is there just too much pride to admit that maybe, as you should in a democracy, the commitee members took public opinion into account as one of the many cons involved in the Fair Hill proposal?
What harm is there in saying, "Local residents brought up some very good points about the Fair Hill sport and we took those into consideration along with all the other factors." Because I'm telling you, I believe that public outcry did have a large effect on the final outcome. They just don't want to admit defeat.
But no, now they've done the most foolish thing a politician could do - not get their way but still tick off their constituency.
Posted by jason on October 12, 2005 09:12 AM
Welcome to the Land of the Free!
Posted by: Ian on October 12, 2005 09:57 AM
'Then for the joy that she had and the sweetness that she felt in the conversation of our Lord, she was on the point of falling off her ass.'
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