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Letters to the Editor

This Week's Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:

Does Constitutional law still matter, since elected officials are ruled by United Nation mandates through Regionalism? Why aren’t elected officials willing to speak publicly about regionalism?

  I have piles of planning documents, maps, bylaws, budgets, resolutions, project lists, organization charts, applications, etc. from entities like:

·Department of Community Affairs (DCA) https://www.dca.ga.gov;

·American Planning Association (APA) https://planning.org;

·Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) https://www.arc.gov;

·Georgia Planning Association (GPA) https://georgiaplanning.org;

·Northwest Georgia Regional Commission (GRC) http://www.nwgrc.org; and

·Georgia Association of Regional Commissions (GARC) https://garc.ga.gov.

DCA and APA, through GPA, write planning policies for municipalities and counties, and install economic development directives in participating communities to incrementally implement regulations, acts, zoning, policies, etc., removing Constitutional rights and forcing citizens into cities. The following text is from http://garc.ga.gov/georgia-regional-commissions:

·To foster the implementation of joint local, state and federal programs that advance the goals of the Regional Commissions and their respective service areas.

·To provide representation of the Association before various agencies of the legislative and executive branches of both the state and federal government.

Stated clearly, regionalism is communism. Participating counties and municipalities lose sovereignty. Heritage sights confiscate private property. Conservation easements relinquish rights for perpetuity. Zoning regulations with minimums or maximums without mentioning grandfathering are unconstitutional. “Open-ended” contractual plans force owners off property if they don’t meet planned criteria - giving power and authority regional planners.

No county commissioner or city manager worth their salt would allow comprehensive plans in their domain, unless they specifically protect private property rights at all costs. It is not “unfunded state mandates” that most threaten private land use.  Grants to local communities usher in unwanted usurpations of land and its use. It is a red flag when officials use phrases that decisions made in their Comprehensive Plan “reflect local priorities” or “were arrived at from a consensus of stakeholders.” 

Regionalism has identified many local assets to plunder. I shared this information with the Pickens County Planning Commission last year – then this paper put me on the front page under the banner ‘bizarre.’ County officials are welcoming the agenda laid out in my previous letter to the editor. Virulent invectives don’t change the truth – comprehensive plans are the inroad for regionalism (UN) rule of our local systems. 

Unelected and unaccountable rulers require newly elected municipal, county and state officials to attend governance training. Although many officials are uninformed when it comes to strings attached to grants, both local officials I recently communicated with confirmed that they answer to regional mandates that strip local power, authority and sovereignty. Our elected representatives answer to the UN – not We the People – and no one is allowed to point out the truth.  

Julie Klusty

 

Dear Editor:

Train Dreams

The other night I had a dream that I took a train from Tate down to Marietta to see my doctor. I do not even have a doctor there but my wife sees an eye specialist  in Marietta and I have to drive us in the grid locked traffic so maybe that real life nightmare caused my dream....

 

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