We were confused by the letter to the editor by Sen. Doug Thomas, R-Ripley, in the Nov. 2 BDN: “ Beware of Ordinances.” In the generic sense, rights-based ordinances give local people more rights by elevating their rights above those of corporations. These are not zoning ordinances; they are local civil rights laws.
And rights-based ordinances can protect community members and the things in the community that they value, such as the local environment. Otherwise, corporations may irreparably damage and change the community and its environs. In addition, they are much less expensive to litigate than a regulatory ordinance because the bottom line is about community rights, not permit details.
Just to be clear, rights-based ordinances give local people the power they need to protect their communities from inappropriate development (industrial wind farms, cell towers, energy corridors) by corporations that are increasingly transnational corporations who do not live in the community and who send their profits out of state and abroad.
Don and Paula Moore
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