County Commission not acting like par...

County Commission not acting like part of a democratic society

There are 9 comments on the Asheville Citizen-Times story from Feb 21, 2007, titled County Commission not acting like part of a democratic society. In it, Asheville Citizen-Times reports that:

The county commissioners are claiming a technicality when they say they didn't violate the sunshine law in dealing with the Progress Energy plant.

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Anderson, SC

#1 Feb 22, 2007
They knew that the obsolete oil burning plant would be unpopular, and sought to keep it secret...democrackkk 'leaders' are good at that...

Since: Feb 07

Wake Co.

#2 Feb 22, 2007
Sounds like S.O.P. for many city and county governing bodies, regardless of Party affiliation.

Our elected officials are educated and trained in workshops and seminars given by the League of Municipalities/S.O.G. on how to govern immediately after they are elected.

This tactic of hiding behind the "Manager" might be something they are taught to "have in their toolbox" in order to get things done "for the common good" (Marxist philosophy) in spite of the wishes of the 'ignorant common folk'.

Redmond, WA

#3 Feb 22, 2007
in the words of Forrest Gump, "stupid is as Stupid does'

Isn't it funny how when against popular vote, these commisoners always plead ignorance. These folks were elected by the citizens of Buncombe County to serve in the interest of Buncombe County. They were trusted and where did they put that TRUST? I don't know either, but i sure don't see anything happening for the good of Buncombe. Everything is either being considered or bargains made behind closed doors.

I am tired of them all!!! Time ror some new blod running our county.

Since: Feb 07

Asheville, NC

#4 Feb 22, 2007
mtnbred wrote:
Isn't it funny how when against popular vote, these commisoners always plead ignorance.
And during budget negotiations the commissioners sponsored county-wide community meetings to get direct input from the citizens on their concerns. These concerns turned into tax increases. In fact, the largest property tax increase in Buncombe County history.

What the commissioners want to hear from their constituents depends greatly on the degree of stealth or deception required to fulfill their predetermined agenda.

Public input is sought if it is needed to manufacture an excuse for tax increases. If they've decided on a power plant or zoning, then public input is a perfunctory statutory requirement.

Redmond, WA

#5 Feb 22, 2007
Tim, for once we agree on something! lol
The way they act, you would think they own Buncombe Co. Deception--very good word.

Sorry about the above post. I was a little perturbed as I got to writing, so will redo it..

I am tired of them all!!! Time for some new blood running our county.

United States

#6 Feb 22, 2007
Boone Guyton is absolutely right.

This power plant is unnecessary, unwanted, and will be harmful to our citizens. The lack of transparency underscores the bad governance surrounding this project.

If everyone would change a light bulb from incandescent to flourescent, we wouldn't need this plant for another twenty years.

Instead, sneaky commissioners skulk around for two years with Progress Energy, then ramrod the project through despite an overwhelming outcry from the citizenry.

Scrutiny Hooligans has more about this:




Turns out the pollution from this plant will be blowing right into west Asheville.
johnny loong

Asheville, NC

#7 Feb 23, 2007
If all the people who are complaining about it would simpley give up their electic service there would be no need for a news plant. But I guess they won't do that will they. Fact is more people moving here, more houses being built, more electricy is demanded. Wonder how much juice those new oversized houses on Reynolds mountain are going to be using?

Redmond, WA

#8 Feb 23, 2007
johnny loong wrote:
Wonder how much juice those new oversized houses on Reynolds mountain are going to be using?
Hell, look at the juice it took to build them!

Mars Hill, NC

#9 Feb 23, 2007
More electricity is demanded, yes.

So we start with conservation.
Then we look at alternatives that aren't going to poison our children's air.
Then, a few years out, when the need becomes real we start thinking about acquiring energy convenience in exchange for environmental degradation and health problems.

It's only the uninformed who think that those of us against the plant are against energy. That's absurd and false.

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