Well, we could make the experience as historic as the City itself, and reinstitute public hangings at White Point Garden. Or, there's burning at the stake, or hanging/drawing/quartering.
I would like to know exactly which neighborhoods were polled to obtain the supposed 3:1 approval rating for this wasteful, outmoded, universally-dislike project? I presume that they were hand-picked to elicit the desired result. I live on James Island, within 1/2 miles of the proposed Alternative G, and I didn't get to vote.
Getaweigh is correct - follow the money, and it's easy to see how this project has been hijacked. Opposition has been overwhelming, so now we have various Hail Mary tactics to try and jam this through. It's been a marvelous example of abuse of power and good ol'boy machinations. Will a much-needed journalistic expose be forthcoming?
This type of behavior has been ongoing in the City of Charleston, where developments have been approved seemingly on the basis of how cozy applicants are with politicians and the Planning Board.
dsharless makes a very good point, that no one seems to mention. If folks don't want to buy health insurance, will they take responsibility for the cost of their own care? More predictably, they'll continue to visit emergency rooms, adding to costs and wait time, and then leave the costs to be written off. The Affordable Health Act is indeed imperfect, and didn't go far enough to make the cost of healthcare affordable and accessible for the majority of citizens.
I have been involved in my HOA for the past eleven years, ten of which were spent as the HOA president, as no one else wanted the job. Our covenants and subsequent bylaws are very lenient in comparison with other HOAs, and really only required a common sense approach to keeping the subdivision neat, clean, quiet and in good repair. Unfortunately, there are always a few residents, who knowingly signed on to the HOA when they purchased their property, who believe that they are within their "rights" to do whatever they want, even to the detriment of other homeowners and property values. It has taken a management company and at times small-claims court to get homeowners to pay even minimal annual dues. HOAs can indeed be misused by power abusers, but unless HOAs are in place, it is my experience that neighborhoods will deteriorate because the selfishness of the few can ruin the livability of the many. It's very sad to see that happen, especially when you believe that an HOA can be a vehicle for positive community relations and involvement in the City. Our HOA made exceptions to the covenants to accomodate owners who enjoy recreational boating, and I only hope that there will continue to be mutual cooperation.
I spent much of my own time, and took days off without pay to attend City meetings and hearings, planned regular meetings, and was rewarded by hostility and insults when restrictions were enforced unbeknownst to me. I can't understand why it is so difficult for people to realize that restrictive covenants were put in place to protect THEM, not to reward overzealous HOA boards. A good HOA is not a dictatorship, but a cooperative entity.
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