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Letter to the editor by Jim Flynn

By Jim Flynn

Mistrust of local and state government is the message in referenda 4, 5, and 6 on the November ballot.

If passed, referendum 4 would permit a community vote on objectionable changes to comprehensive land use plans. Local governments brought this on themselves by treating comprehensive plans like temporary menus that can be changed whenever they no longer suit the appetites of developers. Referendum 4 is not a great idea, but sometimes it becomes necessary to hit the donkey with a 2x4 to get its attention.

Referenda 5 and 6 challenge legislators’ practice of manipulating Congressional and legislative districts into maps that look like games of twister, in order to insure their own re-election. These two referenda provide voters with a rare opportunity to express their displeasure with a political punch in the nose.

Jim Flynn