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Events, Views, Opinion_081610

Updated August 16, 2010 (read down further for past commentary and opinion)

Commissioners give directive to conduct pair of public meetings dealing with zoning

The 3 (Democratic) Commissioners continue their march down the path toward zoning and government control of property and people.  The purpose of this meeting is “to explain the need” for zoning. Notice the purpose is not to gauge what the public wants. Any why should they?  Take it to the bank folks, the 3 Democratic Commissioners positively will vote for zoning and damn what the people think. I spent the early part of 2008 and the 2008 election in November trying to prevent the election of Kermit Holtsclaw and Steve Lindsey. I failed by a narrow margin, 1100 and 400 votes respectively.  Although the voters were completely unaware of what they were voting for I knew the issue of zoning had been decided then.  I talked to many hundreds of people during that time and by a margin greater than 8 in 10, zoning was soundly rejected.  I, and a few people helping me, signed up over 1600 people (5 percent of the counties population) in our effort to elect the two candidates we backed who would have prevented zoning. If it hadn’t been for our efforts their margin of victory would have been much greater. 14,000 people voted in that election and I only managed to reach 2000. I recall that as a candidate Kermit Holtsclaw stated in an article regarding zoning; “If the people vote for it, I’ll vote for it”. My question to him now and yours too should be; were you speaking the truth as a candidate then or as a Commissioner now, or do you even see the difference, let alone care?  It seems that everything comes home to roost eventually Kermit. No candidate will publicly support zoning because they know the overwhelming majority of people know exactly what it is and will oppose both it and them. A truth not told is often difficult to tell from a lie. Folks, this is what you elected in 2008 to go along with the other Democrat, Bart Beard who was lock in step then and still is now with the GCEDC and their agenda.  You have the opportunity to defeat Bart Beard on November 2nd. In 2012 the other two must be defeated. Kermit now states that zoning is necessary but let’s not call it zoning, let’s call it something else.  That way, the stupid people will not know what it is.  I did everything I could to prevent his election and now everyone can see why.  The solution to this is at the polls where the problem began and the only place where it can be fixed.  Zoning will be enacted, without any doubt. That was decided in 2008. Join Citizens for Property Rights and become one of the dedicated freedom voters who will elect candidates that will repeal this tragedy and prevent the future election of those who would take away your freedoms. I questioned Kermit so to be fair now my question to the voters is, “Are you now willing to defend yourself, for if not, you deserve what you get”.  Those who will not fight for their freedom will not have it nor will they keep it. Tell everyone you know to sign up at http://www.notozoning.com/ for this election, 2012, and beyond. I may come back and add commentary to this.

Otis J. Russell, Chairman
Citizens for Property Rights PAC
8432 W. State Road 54
Switz City, IN 47465
812-659-3334
cfpr@notozoning.com

Events, Views, Opinion_080510

Updated August 5, 2010 (read down further for past commentary and opinion)

Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce members hear about I-69, WestGate, tourism and zoning

The GCEDC director came before the Chamber to present the usual appeal for zoning. In this presentation the director attempts to connect the existence of an Interstate highway with the need for zoning.  This is as ridiculous as is the notion that zoning has anything to do with economic development. Literally thousands of counties in the US have Interstates passing thorough them and Interstates have nothing whatsoever to do with zoning or economic development.  The zoning advocate’s standard tactic is to try to scare people. The director makes specific mention on “undesirable businesses” opening.  This argument is used along the highway, while the “Oh my God! , a turkey farm” or “a junkyard” argument is the standard refrain in residential areas. Zoning advocates must instill in people fear of their neighbors, after all, what would they be protecting them against? The reality is that your government is what you should fear most.  I even had one person who lived on Vincennes Street in Linton say that they were afraid someone would build a turkey next to them. There really are, unfortunately, people that silly,  and it is these people the zoning advocates prey upon. Zoning advocates rely of fear to peddle their product since it has no merits of its own. This is one of the great lies of zoning.  The zoning advocate’s greatest fear is that people will have the freedom to do what they want with their property and not what the advocate wants.  The zoning advocate wants their own little “perfect” world that they can control, much like a dollhouse. With zoning as with other forms of socialist oriented mentalities, there are no individuals, freedoms, or rights; only conformity. Individuality never enters their minds, only the “collective good”, and the need to direct people is of concern to the advocates.  The 4th largest city in the US, Houston, Texas, has consistently refused to enact zoning because in Texas, only by popular vote can zoning be enacted, unlike in Indiana, where all you have to do is convince 3 ill advised or ignorant Commissioners it’s a good idea even though 90 percent of the population know exactly what it is and opposes it.  It seems amazing that Greene County sits next to the probable worst possible example of zoning in the state, (Monroe County), and we still have people here silly enough to buy into it. 

Otis J. Russell, Chairman
Citizens for Property Rights PAC
8432 W. State Road 54
Switz City, IN 47465
812-659-3334
cfpr@notozoning.com