• September 21, 2014

Cove council set bad precedent by ‘ignoring’ ordinance on chickens

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Posted: Friday, April 4, 2014 11:45 pm

To the Editor:

For the last few years I have feared that President Barack Obama’s penchant to only enforce the laws of United States that he finds politically convenient would one day come to Central Texas.

The lead headline on Wednesday, April 2 KDH reads, “Cove council delays decision on chickens in city.” It goes on to say that “Officials unanimously approved a motion to not actively enforce the city’s ordinance prohibiting chickens in R-1 residentially zoned districts. Chicken owning residents will not be charged for ordinance fouls (almost a pun) until the City Council can better evaluate the policy later this year.” Also, “… officials unanimously approved a motion to not actively enforce the city’s ordinance prohibiting chickens in R-1 residentially zoned districts, unless a resident files a valid complaint with the city.”

My opinion is that if a city ordinance (or federal law) no longer meets the needs of the population it serves, it should be eliminated through due process the same way it was promulgated. This would ensure that a majority of voters feel the same way.

I would certainly let my city representative know that I did not vote for him or her to take an “inactive position.” I would request that my representative enforce the ordinance, change the ordinance if appropriate, or eliminate the ordinance if it is no longer needed. I hope this wrongheaded way of governing by “ignoring the problem until it goes away” does not bleed over into other Central Texas communities. It is already tearing apart America.

George Van Riper

Harker Heights

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