For a silly, childish reason I needed to go back and make some changes to the LiB post “Mayor Doscher and Linda Woshner Argue Over Grilling Ban” which, of course, forced me to take another look at Madam President Woshner’s smoke and mirrors letter which she submitted to a local publication (which shall go nameless out of a fear of violating another federal law). After another read of the letter and comparing it side-by-side with the anti-grilling ordinance right here at my desk, I cannot help myself but call the president of borough council out on an obvious misleading statement
In her letter, Ms. Woshner writes,
“Residents can use their portable grills on their deck. Yes, that is true. I mentioned at a council meeting a fire resistant grill pad would be acceptable, but that went unnoticed. After further investigation a bed of concrete pavers or patio stones would be acceptable, as well.” (to read the rest of her letter, click here.)
Let us now compare her words to a verbatim copy of the anti-grilling ordinance which she advocated for and forcefully passed back in July,
“Portable grills/barbeques designed for and used strictly for cooking only shall while in use be no less than five (5) feet from a house, structure, combustible materials, roadway, utility, or property line.”
Where in the ordinance does it read that grills are allowed on a deck when a fire resistant pad is in use? Where in the ordinance does it read that concrete pavers or patio stones are considered a safe foundation? I cannot find it. Can you?
Many of us affiliated with the Liberty in Bellevue movement have no desire in bringing up the anti-grilling ordinance for further debate. We have no desire to rehash this fight because we know there is no purpose in doing so until after the next local election cycle and we’re finally able to engage with reasonable elected officials. However, I personally cannot let misleading statements like Ms. Woshner’s go unanswered.
I’m glad the she is willing to permit Bellevue residents to use their grills on their decks pending they follow her personal guidelines, however, unfortunately, those personal guidelines are not following the strict rule of the law Ms. Woshner and her cronies enacted. I suppose we’ll just have to wait until someone who is following Ms. Woshner’s “personal safety guidelines” experiences an unfortunate accident for her “interpretation” of the law to evolve and become even stricter.
This is the political philosophy that is destroying the borough of Bellevue. Residents and business owners have to be concerned about the laws the majority in public office want to enforce and are left to wonder about all the others. It doesn’t matter what is good for Bellevue. It doesn’t matter what encourages growth, prosperity, and greater sense of community. What matters is who they like and what they support. Period.
I realize that this article will be looked upon and criticized as being a “personal attack” from those who refuse to appreciate the work of the people involved in Liberty in Bellevue. I want to state clearly and publicly, this is not a personal attack on Ms. Woshner. This is a challenge to the political philosophy by which Ms. Woshner and her cronies operate (and by the way, it has nothing to do with whether they’re democrats or republicans, because honestly I don’t even know which side of the political aisle many of the “cronies” fall under). Their philosophy of cronyism and bullying the opposition is what is killing Bellevue. Their personal vendettas against anyone who disagrees with them is what is killing Bellevue. There is a better way for Bellevue and hundreds of people are opening their eyes to that “better option” every day.
Liberty marches on.