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Opinion/Editorial: Courthouse referendum is desirable
Daily Progress Editorial Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 6 a.m.

Voter referendums are good (except when they create more chaos than clarity), because they put decision-making power directly into the hands of the people.

Government micromanaging is bad (except when it’s not, as we’ll see), because it takes power away from the people.

So what do we say about government micromanaging that mandates a voter referendum?

Perhaps the ends actually do justify the means.

That’s the situation with a bill from Del. Rob Bell that would have the effect of requiring a voter referendum should Albemarle County seek to move its courthouse out of downtown Charlottesville.

We’re all for voters having the final say on such a transformative proposal. And because of a complicated turn of events, it may require a state law to achieve that end.



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