This is concerning your April 20 daily poll question concerning a possible moratorium on new home construction near overcrowded schools: Should there be a moratorium on new home construction in Frederick County communities facing school crowding until capacity issues are completely addressed?

The question could be worded in a more neutral way but your answer wording is definitely biased. For example, your wording for the "no" answer is telling people that this is not the answer to choose since few people want what it suggests: No, we need to attract all the development that we can.

I do not believe that the discussion of this issue includes "attract all the development that we can." An unbiased set of answers would have been "Yes" or "No."

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Those polls are just for fun and should not be taken seriously.


Yeah. I’ve commented on wording a couple times without voting. Basically it’s a meaningless poll anyway, though.


The "poll" questions usually are worded in a way that I can't go with any of them. How about adding "None of the Above"?


I often wish we had that choice when voting for political candidates. ;-)


San Francisco used to have a perpetual candidate called "Nun of the Above" - a transvestite who dressed in a nun's habit. He/She was also a big hit at the SF Doo Dah Parade.


Agree. I don't respond to the polls because the answers usually have ridiculous caveats and reasons that slant the answers unduely. I might sometimes agree with a yes or no, but not because of the caveats.


True. Like today's question about will I go to the Great Frederick Fair? I didn't answer because none of the choices are accurate. I never go. It's not my thing.


It's clear the FNP is in the pocket of these home developers. They wouldn't DARE to create an unbiased poll that might upset them.


They are also in the pocket of the downtown hotel developers.


Down with pockets 👎🏻


Completely agreed. And for the record, yes, we should stop all development if schools and other infrastructure are not up to speed for the influx of new residents and everything that comes with that. And to that, the influx we're seeing are those residents escaping Montgomery County and Northern Virginia, which by default, is making our beautiful county into another crowded Montgomery county/Northern Virginia. It sucks! And yes, I am from Frederick living here for over 45 years. Smart growth doesn't exist anymore. If we think speeding on our community roads is a problem now, just wait, it's only beginning. :-(


Jerry, if you’ve lived in FC for 45 years you saw Urban Sprawl creeping toward you all of that time. In 1976 Gaithersburg was still a Country town that hosted the County Fair. Urban Sprawl took another 24 years to swallow them up and then Germantown and cross the Frederick County into Urbana in 2000, 21 years ago. Howard County saw it coming and put in a 30 year smart growth plan in the ‘60’s to avoid Willy Nilly development and stuck to it. They allowed the inevitable growth to be where they wanted it, not where the Developers wanted it. They were highly successful. What did FC do? What did they do in 2000 when it invaded their County. Nothing, when they had the chance. And then the Young-Delauter-Shreve Triumvirate came in and sold out to the Developers and it was too late. And there is still no Smart Growth plan in place as far as I can tell. So now you have Willy Nilly development just like Montgomery County. Whose fault is that?


I know Phy, I helped vote out the dumbasses who did this to our county in the early 2000's.

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