County un­re­spon­sive to ci­ti­zens’ con­cerns

Cecil Whig - - OPINION -

FROM: GE­ORGE KA­PLAN COLORA

Ac­cord­ing to last Fri­day’s Whig, the county gov­ern­ment is ap­par­ently go­ing to punt on the is­sue of fu­ture masspro­duc­tion chicken farms in the county. Per­due Farms Inc. will get its way and we bet­ter just hope — pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence else­where not­with­stand­ing — that their lat­est prom­ises come true. While it may be too late to do any­thing about the pro­posed Zion Acres chicken houses, that is not an ex­cuse for not pre­par­ing for other sim­i­lar op­er­a­tions that are al­ready planned for Ce­cil County in the near fu­ture. Yet our lead­er­ship’s po­si­tion seems to be, “Don’t worry, be happy.”

Sec­tion 58 of our Zon­ing Ordinance al­ready pro­vides com­mon-sense re­stric­tions on swine farms of more than 500 head. It would take the ad­di­tion of only a few words to that sec­tion to ex­tend th­ese same re­stric­tions to largescale poul­try op­er­a­tions. But per­haps Mr. Per­due ob­jected.

Thank good­ness there is an elec­tion com­ing up. Oh — but wait. In the last elec­tion, vot­ers turned over all the keys to the county gov­ern­ment to Repub­li­cans, of­ten by ma­jori­ties of 70 per­cent. It’s hard to per­suade Democrats to run for of­fice in such cir­cum­stances, and in the up­com­ing elec­tion, the two open seats for County Coun­cil are un­con­tested.

If we vot­ers choose to give one party a blank check to run the county, we can hardly ex­pect pub­lic ac­count­abil­ity later on. Es­pe­cially if it’s about a dis­pute be­tween a group of or­di­nary ci­ti­zens and a $6 bil­lion busi­ness.

We get the gov­ern­ment we vote for.

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