County unresponsive to citizens’ concerns
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.