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Why Slow Growth Lost, What Will Happen Now

June 19, 1988

The media personnel and assorted politicians would like us to believe that Californians "sent no clear signals" with their votes of June 7. They could not be further from the truth. The statement was loud and clear for anyone who wished to hear it.

On Orange County's slow-growth proposition there are several points that carried through quite clearly. For one thing, it was not "just a matter of money." Some of us do think, and what we thought was that to pass such a law was to deprive people of their rights as regards utilization of private property.

Local government has shown by the very existence of Measure A that the bureaucrats have failed to meet the public's needs and desires. Therefore, these same bureaucrats were not to be trusted with such a powerful tool as was represented by the proposition.

Many of us who voted against the proposition are firm believers in individual rights and are not willing to meekly turn over our lives to Big Brother. Rather, in matters of this nature, if you do not like the plans for an individual's property, buy it from them and see if then you have the economic fortitude to stand by your stated principles. But this action should be on an individual, not a governmental, basis.

Yes, the voter message was abundantly clear. The public is willing to pay for needed and desired items, but the days of handing a blank check to the politician are over. We want reasonable, limited, fiscally responsible action.

HARRY A. BRAND JR.

Anaheim

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