It's puzzling that some people in town are comfortable placing tourniquets on the veins of our local economy. As is often the case, these individuals shout the slogans of "slow growth" and "save taxpayer money" to gain public support.
There are times when a call to arms is necessary and justified but there also are times when their actions are counterproductive and can lead others to tighten the knot on what could be a healthy limb for the body of our community.
We're referring to the constant battle that some residents wage on new businesses, affordable housing projects, plans to make impact fees more flexible, or any effort that might help a local business expand or a new business open in the Rim country.
There are, of course, valid water, traffic and town resource issues that must be taken into consideration, but we should not throw the baby out with the bathwater.
Every community needs a reliable, consistent work force to provide skilled labor and professional services. There is always a natural churn in small-town business communities that causes some businesses to close down while others open. The community will suffer, however, if too many businesses close shop while few new ones open due to unreasonably high impact fees, government red tape, a shortage of affordable housing for employees and a lack of competitive jobs with benefits due to a dominant retailer in town that provides mostly entry-level part-time positions.
Medical professionals now know that tourniquets can do more harm than good and are often used when they're unnecessary.
It's time our community developed some new economic treatments; we can't keep cutting off healthy business.