Here's a draft of our second editorial for Friday.
Elections generally have a way of settling public policy debates by lending a voice to the voter.
Things aren’t always so simple. And definitely not in Garden City, where the long dispute over a 1 1/2-mile walking path took one more abrupt turn.
Voters rejected Initiative A, which would have required the city to open the city’s Nature Path to cycling. But these same voters also said yes to Initiative B, which would allow cycling on all city Greenbelt paths unless voters specifically approve a ban via referendum.
Here’s where the argument ensues. Again.
City leaders say they will keep the Nature Path pedestrian-only, since 56.8 percent of voters rejected Initiative A. The group pushing for cycling access argues, in essence, that Initiative B trumps Initiative A, and requires City Hall to go back before voters with a request to ban cycling on the Nature Path.
This has become as exhausting as a long bike ride — or a long ride on a stationary bike.
Yes, it is disappointing — to cycling advocates, and to this editorial board — that Garden City voters rejected Initiative A. But Garden City voters have made their decision. It’s time to abide by it.