In the Sunday editorial, you stated that the wood stove initiative voters passed in October “was not only a policy disaster but also a grammatical disaster.” I would take it one step further and point out that many voters were confounded by it. I am a precinct worker and personally dealt with angry voters who felt the initiative did not say what they had been told it said. All I could do was tell them to read and reread it. Many asked if it was deliberately vague and/or misleading.
At the beginning of the day, I was sure I understood it. After having to handle dozens of angry voters, I began to wonder if I had misread the initiative.
You state that “the borough cannot ignore what the voters said last year, regardless of the consequences.” Really? Regardless of the consequences? This initiative states and does nothing. It is an insipid attempt to protect blatant polluters and their strident defenders at the expense of the entire community. I fear many voters did not understand what they were voting for.
Only a referendum can repeal code. This was not a referendum but an initiative. Look at the title. The Borough has the power to set and enforce air quality and to protect the health and safety of residents. To do anything less is a travesty.
I urge anyone concerned about the poor air quality in this community to attend the Borough Assembly meeting Thursday and challenge the Assembly to have the courage to protect the health and safety of all residents.