One of the reasons I so love reading your Letters column is to see the number of people who accuse you of being "anti-business." Your editorial support for the little guy against corporate interests has always been your hallmark.
Alas, your opposition to Measure A (the countywide slow-growth initiative), neither well-reasoned nor convincing, suggests you have abandoned your mandate to protect the common guy.
Your own paper points out that contributors to the "No on A" campaign are, primarily, those who will profit from continued development. These are the same clowns who brought us the traffic mess we've suffered with for years.
Your point (that "using the initiative process for local land-use planning is a poor approach") suggests that democracy is slow, inefficient and "inflexible." Democracy is slow. It is unwieldy. It is, as Churchill said, the worst possible system--except for all others.