Jan 20, 2009

Greensboro News & Record , Our Opinion Says Yes to Protest Petitions for Greensboro

The Greensboro News and Record Lead Editorial is on Protest Petitions for Greensboro and they say YES. CLICKHERE or click on the title above.

Here are a few quotes from the lead editorial

The right to file a protest petition is about as commonplace in North Carolina as sweet tea and barbecue

High Point has it. Winston-Salem has it. So do Charlotte and Raleigh.
But not Greensboro.

Local residents are right to wonder why they are they exception to the rule. And to be angry about it.

But an expert on rezoning, David Owens, of the School of Government at UNC-Chapel Hill, says that's unlikely. "If there is frivolous, parochial opposition to development that is good for the city," Owens says, "you're going to get a three-fourths council vote (for the development) anyway."

Further, there is scant evidence of protest petitions stunting growth in other cities.

At least some state lawmakers agree and could move forward with a protest petition bill even if the council opposes it. Said Rep. Maggie Jeffus of Greensboro in an interview last week: "I'm almost certain a bill will be filed."

The council should say yes to protest petitions, and state lawmakers should follow suit.

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