WCD is about power, not the en­vi­ron­ment

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

I am a Demo­crat. The Demo­cratic Party is the party of the work­ing per­son and is sup­posed to fight for those un­able to fight for them­selves. That is why I 100 per­cent agree with the Demo­cratic Cen­tral Committee of Charles County in their op­po­si­tion to the wa­ter­shed con­ser­va­tion dis­trict. No Demo­crat that I can sup­port would vote for any­thing that hurts so many peo­ple.

At a re­cent cham­ber break­fast, I heard some com­ments from re­spected Democrats in de­scrib­ing the WCD. Sen. Mac Mid­dle­ton called it dis­re­spect­ful. Del. Edith Pat­ter­son called it ab­surd and dis­en­fran­chis­ing. Del. Sally Jame­son called it un­needed. Th­ese are Democrats that live in our county.

It’s my belief that the rea­son there is such vis­ceral op­po­si­tion to this pol­icy is be­cause we see how mean-spir­ited it truly is. We know what fair is, and this is not fair. Don’t be fooled. This has noth­ing to do with the en­vi­ron­ment, or con­trol­ling sprawl. It has ev­ery­thing to do with power.

We, the cit­i­zens of Charles County, have al­lowed claims of en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tions to tram­ple our rights. The en­vi­ron­ment is now used to op­pose all growth here in Charles County. The en­vi­ron­ment is now used to di­vide us. The en­vi­ron­ment is now used to ex­clude us. This worked well for some in the past. Some of us re­mem­ber prom­ises about how pre­serv­ing Chap­man State Park would bring eco­nomic pros­per­ity to In­dian Head through tourism and eco-tourism. Today, Chap­man State Park greets you with a locked gate, and the only peo­ple with the keys are the groups that ad­vo­cated for its preser­va­tion. In­dian Head withers.

Some ad­vo­cat­ing the strong­est for the WCD are those who own en­vi­ron­men­tally sen­si­tive parcels of land, right here in West­ern Charles County. How­ever, they were con­ve­niently carved out, ger­ry­man­dered from the pain and re­stric­tions that this pol­icy in­flicts. While staunchly ad­vo­cat­ing for the use of govern­ment to re­strict rights and free­doms from so many, they lec­ture us and ex­clude them­selves. Our lo­cal pol­i­tics have taken a dark turn.

We need a new day in Charles County. We need cham­pi­ons. Re­cent elec­tions in the towns of In­dian Head and La Plata have shown us that we can em­brace hope. We need fresh faces but, most im­por­tantly, fresh ideas and sound eco­nomic poli­cies. The path we’re cur­rently on will only board more build­ings, kill more jobs and sub­ject an­other generation to mis­ery. We need com­mis­sion­ers that lis­ten to all of their cit­i­zens. We need strong, hon­est lead­ers that will fight for our rights and our pros­per­ity. Can­di­dates that not only re­spect their con­stituents, but can­di­dates that ac­tu­ally like the peo­ple they rep­re­sent.

Any­one that votes in fa­vor of or sup­ports the WCD and puts special in­ter­est groups over the wel­fare of their own cit­i­zens is not a Demo­crat that I will ever sup­port again. Brian Klaas, Nan­je­moy

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