Council’s job is making decisions

On May 12, Council member Brownie Newman said he liked the Master Plan because it would give appointed boards more power to approve downtown-development projects. “I’ve always been supportive of the idea of delegating more of these decisions to the Planning & Zoning Commission and other bodies,” he said. Council member Robin Cape agreed with him.

I get it. City Council does not want to vote anymore on controversial issues—like the luxury hotel about to be built just 50 paces away from the Basilica of St. Lawrence.

Well, I have something to say to our City Council: That’s just too darn bad—because that is why we elected you. If you don’t want to make tough decisions (but have un-elected committees of “experts” make them instead), then please do not run for reelection.

I am opposed to the luxury hotel smack in the face of the Basilica. That’s why I am not only voting for Cecil Bothwell, but have joined the folks who are working hard to get him elected.

— Linda Brown
Asheville

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