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Petition Process
By Peter Bolling



June 29, 2007
Friday PM

Every community has within itself the authority to decide the manner in which it develops. The existence of planning and zoning commissions and city planning departments affirm this.

Part of the process of directing the physical growth and future development of a community is to engage in public dialogue. The sponsors of the petition to place restrictions on the density of jewelry stores are engaged in an important part of that dialogue. I commend them for their concern for the community in which they reside. I commend them for taking an active role in using our democratic institutions to achieve their end. And most importantly, I commend them for the fact that, in the face of mounting personal criticism, they have found a vehicle through the petition process to give all residents in this community a chance to influence the direction of our town.

Well done.

Peter Bolling
Ketchikan, AK

Received June 28, 2007 - Published June 29, 2007

About: "Resident of Ketchikan since 1958."


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