Letter: Stop Richmond's development 'insanity'

Dear Editor,

The definition of insanity usually includes references to extreme folly, senselessness, foolhardiness, and irrationality. Riding a bicycle on a busy road at night dressed totally in black certainly qualifies, as does smoking a pack or two of cigarettes a day, eating hamburgers and fries for dinner seven days a week, and staring at your iPhone while driving above the speed limit through a school zone.

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And then we have a community that does nothing to prevent the development of houses and buildings that only off-shore investors and wealthy part-time inhabitants can afford and that remain unoccupied for most of the year.

Pure, senseless, irrational insanity — what else would those full-time, permanent residents who have been priced out of the housing market in Richmond possibly call what has been allowed to happen in this city?

But, don’t forget there is also insanity involved in continuing to vote those who are the most culpable back into public office year after year. Seems there are more of us who are capable of irrational insanity than we would like to admit to ourselves.

Ray Arnold



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