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December 29, 2014
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More trouble in Delaware

Liam Murphy

First, we care about responsible and representative government. Why were we never told that the aim was to weaken regulation in the river corridor? Why, at the public hearing on the amendments, was the case for this weakening not made? Why is the town board rushing to approve these amendments without ever having made its case? The pattern here is depressingly familiar for residents of Delaware.

Second, for anyone who has the long-term economic interests of the town at heart, weaker regulation in the river corridor should set off alarm bells. The river and its environment are a huge asset in a heavily tourism-dependent economy. We should be focusing on ways to enhance the recreational appeal of the river, not introducing “flexibility” that has the potential to destroy it. At the very least, an open public discussion of the costs and benefits (and for whom) of changing regulation in the river corridor should be held. We should expect nothing less from responsible and representative government.

[Liam Murphy is a resident of Kenoza Lake, NY.]