Letter — Democracy under attack in valley
Citizens beware. Democracy is under attack here in Douglas County.
Nevada Northwest, LLC, developers of the proposed Ironwood casino complex (opposite the high school) has filed a lawsuit to keep the Sustainable Growth Initiative off the November ballot. This initiative petition had more signatures than any other ballot initiative in Douglas County history, yet this developer, for his own selfish reasons, is trying to prevent the citizens of our county from having the opportunity to vote on the initiative. The attorneys for the developer are from Carson City, which just renewed its growth cap last week, yet they would deny us the same opportunity.
That a developer, driven only by profit motive, should be able to deny the voters their right to choose the future course of our county is regrettable. That a developer should think his profit is more important than the quality of life for Douglas County residents is offensive. That a developer’s desire to build at any cost should include trampling the right of citizens to exercise the democratic process is appalling.
Whether you support or oppose the Sustainable Growth Initiative, you should be offended by the actions of this developer. The initiative process goes back to ancient Greece, and has been recognized in the U.S. since 1777. No one should be able to thwart the will of the people for their own selfish reasons.