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Minding Our Own Business

Everyone's entitled to an opinion, but they don't need to be heeded or even heard.

Do you think the public always deserves to comment on the wisdom of every law being deliberated by its local government? I do not.

Where a business, especially a regulated business, is located should not be influenced by what the public thinks. The government’s role in this includes 1) Is it zoned properly? 2) Will it fall down? 3) Will it catch fire? 3) Will it flood the neighbors?  That's it. As far as the public is concerned, their only voice and vote should be with their pocket books and wallets. Either they will patronize the establishment or they won't.

I recently spoke at a public hearing before the Peekskill City Council on whether Peekskill should lift its ban on tattoo parlors, and where should they be allowed to operate? It’s a given the one place they would not be permitted to conduct business is in a residential area.

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Sean A. McNerney May 21, 2012 at 10:57 PM
The types of businesses in a community greatly influence the type of out of towners that will come to visit them. Assuming that only local residents determine whether or not a business succeeds is extremely naive. The wrong kind of businesses can bring the wrong kind of people into a town, in droves. This can easily detract from the lifestyles of the local residents. Considering the locals are the ones that pay property taxes in their towns, I think they should definitely get a say in what kind of businesses exist there.
jo May 22, 2012 at 12:49 PM
No pawn shops.. please !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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