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In defense of Beckman on SB1717

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Posted: Monday, June 17, 2002 10:00 pm

On June 4, a letter was written criticizing John Beckman for supporting SB1717 and specifically his use of the phase “local control.”

The letter writer suggested that local control means the one who owns the land gets to say how it is used.

I must come to Mr. Beckman’s defense on this issue.

The idea that the one who owns land gets to decide how to use the land disappeared almost 100 years ago with zoning laws.

Since that time, the ability to use land has become increasingly more difficult. Today, a landowner needs to get permission before he is allowed to change the use of his land.

Beckman correctly states that a city should be treated just like any other landowner when it wants to change the use of land that is not within the city boundaries.

It is not right for one landowner to get preferential treatment over his neighbors just because the landowner is a governmental entity.

In closing, Mr. Beckman and his boss, Assemblyman Anthony Pescetti, may work in the state capital, but I think most people will agree that Anthony Pescetti is not your typical politician.

Suggesting that either of these men lacks common sense is just wrong.

Gene Hardin Woodbridge

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