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Friday, December 09, 2005

Bumper sticker sticks it to Chesterfield government

I saw an interesting bumper sticker the other day that I wanted to share with you. This comes on the heels of Chesterfield County changing its public meeting policy to suspend county audio and video taping of meetings and call a recess if the meetings get too heated. County Administrator Lane B. Ramsey said the policy is in place to "de-escalate any situation." Others have called it censorship.

Back in October a citizen was removed from a Planning Commission meeting and subsequently arrested when he strayed from the topic at hand to complain about new homes in the Tarrington subdivsion being built on old coalmines.

Anyway, back to the bumper sticker. It was on a beaten-up, rusted-out Isuzu pickup. The old guy driving it looked like he knew every back road of the county. And on the back was the bumper sticker: "My opinion of Chesterfield County Government" ... and a hammer and sickle. That bumper sticker looked like it had been attached since before the rust set in and surely before this latest uproar. What is it about Chesterfield County government that evokes this reaction? I moved here from the city only a year ago, so I admit to not having followed county government that closely. You can bet I will now.


At Tue Dec 13, 12:03:00 PM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Janet - if you want more insight into just how pressing this issue has become, go over to my blog, South of the James:

Citizens and public officials have been going back and forth over the public hearing issue, which is really a reflection of larger governance concerns. The intriguing thing is that it's also turning out to be an inner-party schism in the local GOP.

- Conaway Haskins

At Wed Dec 14, 11:22:00 AM EST, Blogger Janet Giampietro said...

thanks, conaway! i'll make it a regular stop.


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