2008-02-18

Overreactive county government

This is an election year for the Athens-Clarke County Commission. Now go read this letter from Rick Bythewood. I'm sorry to say, but I do think that even our current commission is overreacting and overregulating. The letter mentions the smoking ban, the sign ordinance, and the tethered animal ordinance. Those laws are only the tip of the iceberg of big government in Athens. Are you going to encourage this to continue with your choices in November?

I support the goals of the Mayor and Commission, and we certainly have some good people there, but we continue to see them enact broad and invasive regulations, and they have a long record of enacting legislation that is very poorly drafted.

5 comments:

Les Dilghow said...

Right on, nail meet head.

Adrian said...

In fairness, I should add that the commission has dealt fairly with a number of important issues -- such as the environment, with its measures to protect trees and water quality and reduce mass grading. However, the invasion of personal space is growing -- from lifestyles to trash cans to smoking to tethered animals -- and this cannot be overlooked.

Model Consumer said...

I agree about smoking, but the trend worldwide seems to be to ban smoking just about everywhere.

I think that the law about tethering dogs is a good one.

Christopher Byrne said...

well I for one embrace the smoking ban. Since the ban, I can actually enjoy restaurants that were intolerable before because of the smoke!

Adrian said...

My thought on the smoking ban is that the state law goes far enough and bars should not be included.