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A James Islander despairs

Alfred F. Croucher III
469 Riverland Dr
James Island

Sir,
James Island. Those words bring fond memories to those of us who grew up on this island. The rural setting has long past and those of us here wished to preserve that which was left. It was for this reason we, the actual residents, were asked to decide our future through the ballot box. Majority rule! At least that is what we were taught in the schools we attended on James Island. We went to the ballot box twice and the inhabitants of this little island produced the majority vote both times to form our own town and determine our own future. Did I mention we did this twice?

However the ballot box was not the deciding vote. The will of the people, being the inhabitants of this plot of land, was overthrown by the will of judges who are not elected by the people but appointed by officials in office. A handful of people who know nothing about the area and the people who live here have the right to decide the living conditions of those who do?

Something is not quite right here. I was taught that the government was of the people, for the people and by the people. We just weren't told by what people.

Has our right to determine our future been taken away? When did this happen? Perhaps Margaret Mitchell coined the most apt phrase for this.......it is "Gone with the Wind."

However the ballot box was not the deciding vote. The will of the people, being the inhabitants of this plot of land, was overthrown by the will of judges who are not elected by the people but appointed by officials in office. A handful of people who know nothing about the area and the people who live here have the right to decide the living conditions of those who do?

Something is not quite right here. I was taught that the government was of the people, for the people and by the people. We just weren't told by what people.

Has our right to determine our future been taken away? When did this happen? Perhaps Margaret Mitchell coined the most apt phrase for this..it is "Gone with the Wind."