This Is our Village

Thursday, December 8, 2011



  1. I have been thinking about the golf course situation lately and discussing it a little. I don't know much firsthand, because I haven't very actively pursued this issue myself. I am thinking the following. Feel free to weigh in.

    1. If we want to fight the proposed development, I think our main point of contention should be the in-perpetuity broken promise. Are you commissioners going to cause that promise, which we relied on, to be broken? Put it to them. HOW CAN ANYONE TRUST YOU IF YOU DO THIS KIND OF THING?

    2. Don't drag in the peripheral stuff, such as things blowing around out in the field. Anyone in a position of assessing the situation can see that this is only pitiful grasping at straws and majoring on minor points. We LOSE dignity when we do this.

    3. Don't insist the land be used as a golf course. In the current economic climate, that's not a viable option. Insist, rather, it be open space. What kind of open space is the owner's problem.

  2. One further thing could be said to the commissioners, PREEMPTING the argument that "Gosh, communities are always having to break promises made long ago."

    A good lawyer will say: "Yes, I realize that sometimes such promises must be broken" and give an example: "The whole community is desperate for this super highway to come through, and there is no option other than that it go through this land." But then he says: "However, this situation nowhere near rises to that level of need. This is just a developer wanting to use the land for some housing." And goes back to the theme of NOT BREAKING PROMISES.

    It's important to preempt arguments the other side will make--or even that the commissioners will be CONSIDERING in their minds.


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