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.
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.
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.
not for sissies.