Board vote on NH 2020 misinterpreted |

Board vote on NH 2020 misinterpreted

A number of people in recent weeks have written letters to the editor claiming the Board of Supervisors denied a request to place NH 2020 on a ballot. The claim is that the board ignored the wishes of 8,700 constituents.

The truth is the Board of Supervisors voted to place the final NH 2020 recommendations before the voters, and honor the decision of the voters. What sense would it make to place a measure on the ballot before there is a recommendation? What a colossal waste of taxpayers’ money that would be.

What the letter writers are not telling you is that the petition circulated was not a legally constituted initiative, and the circulators of the initiative knew that all along. They were merely seeking a cudgel with which to continue beating the board.

And what would be the goal of groups like CABPRO, CPR and PYPR in placing something on the ballot before it is ready? Simple. They actually seek to deny a vote on a finished product. They fear it may be actually assuage the fears of the citizens and be a smart, private property-friendly final product.

Instead of coming to the table at the beginning of the process acting like adults, they fought, kicked, screamed, and intentionally divided our community for partisan political gain. All they really needed to do was show up inside the room, instead of outside engaging in street theater, to have their interests represented. Instead they engaged in the politics of fear and deception, with the ultimate goal being creating a bitter primary challenge. How utterly irresponsible that is.

The board has promised to deliver to the voters a cogent program proposal and place NH 2020 before the voters. They should be applauded.

Lisa Swindell


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