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Zoning Follies

Reducing unemployment is a bread-and-butter play of politics, so no one can fault the Alabaster Administration and City Council for calling a zoning audible to bring new manufacturing jobs to town.

But they're drawing the Xs and Os with their heads stuck where the sun doesn't shine. How else to explain allowing Acme Explosives to use the parcel of land adjacent to the Charles Dickens Elementary School playground for a toxic chemical production facility?

Evidently the lessons of Love Canal have been completely lost on our local politicos, not to mention an OSHA violation record that would make Stalin blush.

Unless these guys are so smart that they are playing to beat the unemployment percentages by eliminating future deadbeats before they can be counted, we see a mushroom cloud forming on the horizon.



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