Letter: Communities can solve their own problems
Another example of government over-reach and wasteful taxpayer spending was exhibited at the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission meeting conducted by Lewis Lawrence, executive director. I attended one of the three hearings on Oct. 8 which focused on agriculture, forestry and manufacturing. As Bill Nachman described in his Oct. 17 article, the Department of Housing and Community Development has issued a $40,000 grant for the project. The purpose of this grant is to develop partnerships with Virginia universities and the "suffering" Middle Peninsula.
In the MPPDC Public Meeting Notice, it states that "academic institutions present a unique opportunity to assist communities with developing new approaches to increase employment, build wealth, address blight, and raise the standard of living for low and moderate income persons." When questioned at the hearing, Mr. Lawrence could not provide a specific example on how this program can help people in this struggling economy. He could not name a single company that has benefited from this type of program anywhere in the state. In my opinion, the counties’ problems can best be addressed by taking away regulations that interfere with job creation as in "Comprehensive Plans" that eliminate industry.
Mr. Nachman neglected to mention in his article that there were only a handful of attendees at these hearings and all were opposed to this program. The Middle Peninsula residents are capable of solving our own problems at the local level. We do not need academia and bureaucrats to line their pockets with "free" grants at our expense.