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Originally published: 2012-07-02 10:24:58
Last modified: 2012-07-02 10:24:58

ETJ is local decision

When I bought my home here in Watauga County four years ago, I was thrilled that it was in the Boone extraterritorial jurisdiction, and that I would not find myself suddenly neighbors with student apartments or a strip mall. 

Now, Sen. Dan Soucek has taken it upon himself to bring the decision of whether the rights I bought into will be protected, to people in Raleigh who have nothing to do with it. What motivated Soucek to do this? My rights aside, does he really believe it is best for a county that depends on tourism to open the door to unregulated development of our gorgeous natural surroundings?

Those of us who live here should make the decisions for Watauga County.

L.A. Middlesteadt