we've all joked that you aren't a public sector planner, espeically in the south or mid-west, until someone calls you a communist or something along those lines, well...
The local paper ran a story on Christmas or Christmas Eve about our upcoming tree preservation ordinance, must have been a slow news day. It also got an editorial the next day in support of it, we are one of the only jurisdictions without any tree ordinance in the region.
I come back to work today and find this lovely letter in my inbox, enjoy:
Letter typed as written to me, I did not add the prolific use of commas and capitalizing. Complete with generalizations and vague comparisons, this letter has it all.
You have no idea how difficult it is for me to place the word "Mr." in front of your name. My father taught me that "Mr." is a sign of respect, and, I'm sorry to say that I have little respect for you. Based on your position made obvious in the 12/25/07 article in the [Local paper], you believe that we need more government. That is really dumb. If there is one thing that we don't need, it is more government in our lives.
A quote from the above article credits you with saying "You can have 100-year-old live oaks on your property right now, cut them down, and we can't do anything to make you preserve them or replace them". Okay, what is there about "YOUR PROPERTY" that you don't understand. Our founding fathers never meant for you and your tree hugging buddies to tell me nor anyone else that we could not clear OUR land any way we want. I'm sure that they intended that when you make a legal purchase of property, you own everything on that property. No one, especially the government has the right to tell you what trees you can or cannot cut. Sure, you and the "I'll do it if it brings me votes" [County Council Member in support of the ordinance] can make it an ordinance, but that don't make it RIGHT. Obviously, you are not a man of whom "right" has any weight. And, believe me, because the other counties have a stupid ordinance dictating to property owners what they can and cannot do on their own property, is no reason to adopt the same thing. It just makes us as dumb as everyone else.
To think that this is the direction that our county is taking is truly frustrating. I'm certain that you think that you have the right to do this ......... but that doesn't make it right. To me, this is no different than me purchasing a car and you telling me I can't remove the radio ........ even if I promise to put another one back! Oh well, talking to a liberal is usually a waste of breath, and I'm sure it is no different with you."
He copied "I'll do it if it brings me votes" councilman, I'm sure we'll have a laugh over it sometime.
This man wrote this during Christmas, nothing better to do I see. He owns a private piece of property, the ordinance is going after mostly strip and large tract development, he probably has nothing to worry about and is the same person who is complaining about all the development in the county too. Oh well, I hope you all get a kick out if it like I did.