What do you think?

March 19, 2007

Editor's note: Each week, The Herald-Mail invites readers to answer poll questions on its Web site, Readers also may submit comments about the poll question when voting. Each Sunday, a sampling of edited reader comments will run in The Herald-Mail.

Last week there were two poll questions.

The first poll question was: A proposed bill that would force someone appealing a zoning or land use decision on a medical facility to post a bond covering anticipated costs of construction delays is: A bullying tactic; Good for the community; A fiscally sound move; Legal mumbo jumbo; A basic rights violation; I don't know.

I think that if a bill like this became law it would circumvent the right of the people to file. When these bills are written they must be for the good of the community and not an attack on five people's (right or wrong) right to a fair process.


This bill is wrong. Plain and simple. The citizens of this area (or any area for that matter) have a fundamental right to protest, especially when what they are protesting directly affects them. By putting a hefty price tag on it, like this bill does, you essentially take that right away from the average person, who's not only more likely to be exercising that right, but also the least likely to be able to pay for it. This bill, if passed, would open a legal floodgate by setting a precedent for "charging" to exercise basic rights protected under our federal and state constitutions. Again, when politicians start using our rights as toilet paper, we lose them. They go right down the drain.

Instead of attacking the appealants, the delegation should try to shorten the appeals process. It seems like the laws were written by and for lawyers. In Iraq, Saddam Hussain was hanged 30 days after his sentence. In this country it takes two years to appeal zoning.

Not allowing the people to protest a decision is not democratic. So far all the rules have been changed to allow this building to be built in the worst possible place. Had better decisions been made at the outset the hospital would have been built by now. Robinwood is not centrally located and there is no easy access.The exsisting hospital is accessable to all. There are more than just a few who oppose this site. This is just another way to prevent the middle class from exercising their constitutional rights.

The zoning laws need to be abolished. If you own property, (it) is your right to do whatever you want with it, regardless if you are a business, individual, or orginzation. If a resident has a problem with what a neighbor does on their property let them move. As long as it doesn't have a physical effect on someone else's property.

You have to love politics. We the government don't want to recognize you the peons' right to appeal, so we will create a new law that is financially favorable to us and supersedes your rights.

Five people are doing nothing to stop the hospital from expanding to Robinwood but costing themselves and the hospital's taxpayers (nonprofit) money. Stop the nonsense and take on a cause that has meaning.

If the overwhelming results of this poll indicate a similar opinion in the greater community that the hospital has employed "a bullying tactic" as well as "a basic rights violation," one wonders how in the world they expect to fund their health-care castle with contributions from a reluctant public.

This week's second question was: Should teachers use a walkout as a tool to get better pay or benefits?

It should be against the law. Do the students get to walk out when they disagree with what they are taught, who their teachers are, school policies, etc.? Maybe students should walk out and ask for more days off, shorter school days, more field trips, better lunches, etc.

Remember when the Washington County BOE extended the school day to end at 4 p.m. because of days lost due to bad weather back in '93-'94? Students protested (and yes) walked out then, but of course, it didn't get the message across. The only thing it did was run up the number of disciplinary actions made by the administration in a week. Teachers aren't getting anywhere with their unions and they aren't getting much support for their cause from anywhere else. While it stinks that they have to do something so juvenile to get their message across, it seems to be the only way anyone will stop long enough to listen.

Teachers need to have a voice and the union does not always speak for the majority.

Yes they should be able to. If they can't, the county will just walk all over them. Anyone checked the price of housing in this area lately? And they only offer a 3.5 percent raise? What a joke!!

Teachers have to put up with so much. Their pay is not equal to their job. They are underappreciated and underpaid. (And I am not a teacher.) I don't agree with everything our public schools advocate, but I do agree that teachers should be paid more for the hard work and burdens the carry, not to mention the disrespect and blatant rebellion.

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