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April 09, 2007

Last week's question:

As many posting to this forum have said, it often seems that when there is a proposal for something new in Washington County - a baseball stadium, a downtown college campus or a new hospital - there is first a long-drawn-out squabble. Why is that?

  • Some people don't like change!

  • New proposals are projects that require much planning, money, legalities and details. You can't just throw a proposal on the table without looking at all the angles.

  • Between being legitimately concerned about the what's, why's and wherefores of each of these major expenditures and wondering if it's even worth it, people take their right to be heard seriously. It's not a bad thing; people just want to make sure that things are considered properly before the taxpayers are saddled with a failed venture.

  • People in this area tend to have minds like concrete - all mixed up and permanently set. They don't read the newspaper articles, just "You Said It" and take that as the truth. They don't take the time to really examines all sides of the issues. Hard-headed comes to mind.

  • Poor planning is poor planning. People remain unaware of the problem because they are not involved in the planning process. Perhaps if they knew about the plan up front and were able to offer positive input, they would receive it in a positive way.

    The problem is that a few think they know what is best for the many. History should show us that this way of thinking is flawed. Anyone remember the USSR?

  • Greed, incompetence, huge egos, an inability to compromise and possibly most important, the refusal to admit to ever having been wrong.

  • Washington County government has a long history of helping developers manipulate the system, often at the expense of local taxpayers, homeowners and the environment.

    After decades of observing and being victimized by this process, we have learned that when a large project is proposed, government cannot be trusted to do the right thing.

    In this atmosphere of distrust, it has been easy for hospital opponents to sell their exaggerated claims of conspiracy and disaster associated with the hospital's proposed move to Robinwood.

    A responsible government with an established record of good planning would go a long way toward solving this problem. Let's start now.

  • Some of these views represent the anti-change, "argue for the sake of arguing" outlook that many in the county have.

    Although I'm not a huge fan of some of the changes that are proposed at times, I'm willing to consider each proposal objectively. My view is that change that brings quality business (but not pollution!) opportunities is good, and change that does little more than make the county more of a bedroom community is bad.

  • Change is good as long as you don't hurt those who live in the area where change is happening. And having the newspaper get involved in the interest of the county does not help. I smell a skunk at the Herald.

  • I've lived here 21 years and still sometimes feel like an outsider. People here are just hardheaded and old-fashioned and won't tolerate anything new, be it new residents, a stadium, etc. It would help if we had some good, serious leadership in this county. We need to be more progressive. At least good things are finally happening downtown.

  • Because this area is backward and is full of backward people. Why don't you pack up your belongings and move to the mountains of West Virginia or Kentucky, where nobody will bother you and the rest of us can progress through the 21st century?

  • Sorry, this area isn't full of backward people. It is full of people misled by their elected native sons who campaign on core family values but are really more like wolves in sheep clothing.

  • John Adams once defined "conversation" as a good argument. Good debate is good for those issues. But after good debate it is the majority that will determine the results. Even in the advent of our democracy differences of opinion resulted in progress. When good discussion does not occur and greed becomes the driving force, issues become clouded and adversarial roles develop.....

  • New topic; the newspaper has beaten this to death. How about this: Should the local newspaper make the news or just report it?

  • With modern-day journalism as screwed up as it is, I doubt that they can still differentiate between the two.

  • A new question to be posed should be aimed at the developers, Planning Commission and County Commissioners. How can they work with people to promote development and the good it can do for the community? They are the elected officials who are supposed to look out for the average citizen. Do what is right for the people by finding out the desires of the people. When you communicate effectively with the community, the entire community benefits.

    I'm tired of reading about "greedy developers." Companies building homes here are simply responding to the demand, they're not luring people here against their wills. Building is down now because demand has diminished. Let's face it, people want to live here for a variety of reasons. It's ironic that our local government spends thousands promoting this area as a good place to work and live and when the targets of these promotions respond, we complain. If you want no growth, move to Cumberland.

    If developers are greedy, I guess anyone in business to make a profit must be greedy. There are those greedy grocery stores and greedy home improvement centers. And how about those greedy car dealers, convenience stores and department stores?

    This week's question:

    Last week, many who responded called for better communication between citizens and Washington County government. Would it help if the county televised its meetings as Hagerstown does?

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