Never too early |

Never too early

The editorial by The Union on growth (Sept. 10) has come to my attention. The writer’s choice of words – “fear mongering,” “chicken littles” and “panicked attendees” would suggest that those who worry about mushrooming growth don’t have all their wheels on the ground.

Growth advocates, particularly developers, lay their plans years and years ahead of expected reality. The Union’s position: “it’s way too early to be raising alarms, much less using scare tactics,” is wrong. It is never to early to mount opposition.

To say, as The Union said, that those behind large developments will have to “jump through many hoops” to get what they want is, if not naive, certainly self-serving.

Politicians eager for tax growth, businesses eager for more customers, newspapers eager for more readers, etc., include hundreds of homes for thousands of people,” but not to worry … there are all those hoops to jump through. Reality: The developers may loose a few battles … but they have always won the war. Maybe if opposition is mounted soon enough we might win a skirmish or two.

Russ Powell

Chicago Park

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