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The Politics  of the Baederwood
 

 12-29-10   In my humble opinion.... If this is turned into a political issue with Democrat against Republican, it will be to the detriment of us all.  As of 12-10 neither Commissioner Kline nor Peacock who have been the go-to-guys in this nightmare is anticipated to have a same party challenger in the Primary.  I think we can agree, they are  most responsible for the debacle that is the Baederwood – and the plan to expand this kind of thinking throughout the Township by rezoning, urbanizing,  increasing density and addressing what they call  "underutilization" everywhere they can find a usesable inch.   But the way to make the ISSUE prime, no matter WHO is in office, red or blue, is to make sure that you have a challenger in BOTH PARTIES for people to choose and to make sure that transparency issues, responsiveness and access ( all missing here ) become campaign issues. That means the PRIMARY is of the utmost importance  -  not an afterthought. 
Otherwise Commissioners who do NOT respond to residents will be re-elected and become even more secure in the tactics that allowed this to happen.

     By way of further explanation, if Commissioner Kline runs unopposed in the primary --- and the two parties ( acting regularly as one in Abington ) want to keep him ----which is pretty darn likely, because both parties have been cheerleaders for & participants on the “Let’s Rezone the Whole Township “ team  - then without a primary challenger, they only need to worry about November.  And November will be a piece of cake.    How?   By rolling out a weak, ineffective opposite party candidate to oppose them in November, they win.   I have seen candidates that barely put out a flyer 'til the last minute, ones that knew nothing at all about the issues, and ones that even seem to purposely shoot themselves in the foot during the campaign.  Kline’s win in such a scenario would be touted as a victory that  the vast majority of residents were in support of the rezoning because they re-elected the candidate(s) that were supposedly in charge of it, even though the victory came because by Jan & Feb of 2011 no one even understood their opponents had to be lined up.    I have watched this happen again and again.  Political magic.  And the residents just  wonder how it keeps happening . 

      So NOW is the time to ensure there are TWO STRONG candidates in November by finding primary opponents.  And also to be sure that the campaign issues are transparency and responsiveness...... getting Commissioners to present a side by side comparison of what changes when new zoning or ordinances are presented, for instance - or getting Commissioners to respond to basic issues without right to know requests filed - or having a central web page on each zoning issue and  having an email list for updates and changes - etc etc etc .  Things we have requested for years and have been denied.

     It is important that we use our vote  to say that if commissioners Kline and Peacock are going to behave as they have with the Baederwood/Brandolini issue they should not be our commissioners.  They have a chance still, as of this writing  to hear your voices and to NOT allow this zoning to go through.

   Finding same party candidates to run against them and restoring a viable two-party system is the mission. At present we have a one party system- because both sides are  playing on the same team instead of watch-dogging each other.  

     It was suggested by someone today that ALL the Commissioners should be voted out .  I could not agree more,  because I agree with this person that money and the urbanization of the 611 corridor have been driving this and that they are all aware of that and have been supporting it in decision after decision. You need to either find a way to get them to act in our interest - or you need to vote them out.  Them's  the choices.

Yes --- it is important to run someone in the Primary .

No -- that won't mean you can stop watching them. 

 

Democracy's not for sissies.

 


 

 

 

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