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WHY ARE RESIDENTS' WISHES ALWAYS IGNORED?

A recent article about the pending loss of Jimmy's restaurant in Amherst to make room for a new pharmacy quotes the chairman of the zoning board saying: "Nobody likes to see their neighborhood change. But it's a fact of life. I think it's better for the neighborhood."

Who cares what this man thinks? The only people who matter are the people who live in that neighborhood, and they are staunchly against this project. So are many other people, who think another pharmacy in an area where there are already three within eyesight is absolutely ludicrous.

Has anyone else noticed the outpouring of opposition to all this development by the people who live in the areas of this so-called "progress"?

Neighbors on Sweet Home Road recently spoke out against a rezoning that would destroy two heavily treed acres in their neighborhood.

In Lancaster, numerous petitions were gathered from neighbors opposing a variance that would allow construction of a 76-foot-tall building for a new theater. The area now limits building height to 35 feet.

Besides towering over all surrounding structures, many fear this new theater will further snarl already-heavy traffic.

And let us not forget our friends on North Forest, who refuse to give up their fight against the widening of their road.

It seems that time and time again the people whose lives are the most impacted by these projects are the ones who are ignored. Developers have their big bank rolls to facilitate the processes and their attorneys who fight for their clients' "rights."

Doesn't the common citizen with a family in a neighborhood they cherish have the right to the quality of life they have grown to expect and love? Why do town boards continue to give in to these variance and rezoning requests? Are they not there to represent the majority of the people rather than a select few?

Wouldn't it be nice if our elected officials thought about the "little guy" once in a while rather than give in to the money and power of these developers? Neighborhood change does not have to be a fact of life.

Joseph R. Walter
Snyder