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jagster32 wrote on Friday, May 21 at 12:07 AM way too much religion in the politics in ashe county . if you want to live by the word of the bible , fine, but it doesnt mean everyone else does . if there is no laws broke , then what is the problem . i thought i moved to ashe county, not heaven .
p38lightning wrote on Friday, May 21 at 12:01 PM I attended this meeting, and out of all of the people that spoke, I only heard 2 people for the ETJ, with many, many more against. Mr. Hamilton, who stated he did not represent the Chamber, represented what he and the elected officials want to do to the people that would be part of the ETJ. They want those affected to take care of the mess that they do not want downtown. Whether, it is a sexually oriented business, another alcohol drinking establishment, they want US in the ETJ to deal with it. As one person said, we are better protected with the county ordinances. With the ETJ a SOB or other crappy business, could be located 250 feet from a property. Under county, it would have to be 1000 or more feet from the property. This is a load of manure. We do not have a voice. By state law these people can make a decision, despite the protests of the people. By state law, those in the ETJ will have no ability to VOTE these selfish people out of office. Deal with it yourself downtown and leave the people in the ETJ alone. We dont want the extra crime, the decrease in property values, and the increase in sexual crimes (rape, assaults)in our areas. Keep this mess downtown and deal with it, and do not force it on others. And please, we need another Chamber leader. He has no right to talk down to people as he did last night. To continue, state laws keep us from getting a real vote in this situation. They can vote us in, and we get way to vote on what is done. We need to go to the state and demand a law that protects the people from BS like this, forced on us, who do not want to deal with what they have not taken the time to protect the town from. The people in the ETJ should get a vote and not be forced. I could tell the elected officials were not listening. They really do not care, along with Cabot Hamilton, about what crap they force on the people living in the ETJ. And to the people of WJ, who do vote, you need to vote out Shoemaker, as he shook his head at people and gave them a dirty look, and just like Cabot Hamilton, this was demeaning and degrading to those who bothered to show up and speak.
Alexander wrote on Friday, May 21 at 12:42 PM The 1250 people in the proposed ETJ area should not be subject to control by 5 alderman who they cant vote for. Just because there is a NC statute for towns to create an ETJ does not make it right. This is another example of government overstepping its bounds.
nchokie wrote on Friday, May 21 at 03:43 PM I support the comments made by Mr. Hamilton regarding Mr. McGinnis. I worked with Mr. McGinnis on a number of occasions and found him to be very professional with the best interest of West Jefferson in mind. Mr. McGinnis and the Town Council made a very unpopular decision recently which now has created strong black lash against Mr. McGinnis. This is unfair and as Mr. Hamilton has pointed out is unchristian.
ridgekeeper wrote on Friday, May 21 at 03:57 PM This is the West Jefferson Aldermen and the Mayor and the Chamber with 220 acres telling people on 6000 acres what they can and cant do. The people in the ETJ have no vote. They are stuck. I say protest and boycott West Jefferson. It will get the idea across. After hearing these people talk, I am not going to take it, how about you? The county takes care of us, so West Jefferson, go the Heck away!