Your local town trustees: keep watch on them

Written by Greg Cryns

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This was a beautiful thing to watch. Fifty or so village residents filledrepparttar meeting room and they were allowed to express their opinions. The result was thatrepparttar 113509 board voted to delay their decision until September so that they might be allowed to reviewrepparttar 113510 information that was presented.

At first I was elated. Then reality set in. I began to realize that to fight power you need power. Money equals power. What if Rommy Lopat and John Drummond could not afford to bring in expert witnesses? I thinkrepparttar 113511 citizens would have been quickly rolled over and buried. This isrepparttar 113512 way, I realized, that government works. You must have power to be heard.

The awful truth is that I leaverepparttar 113513 meetings feeling that we had just done battle withrepparttar 113514 opposition. We always lost. I felt thatrepparttar 113515 outcome was predetermined, thatrepparttar 113516 board attitude is a bit condescending. I do believe that, generally, boards feel they have a duty torepparttar 113517 public to helprepparttar 113518 public, but I think they also think that we citizens are uneducated and bothersome, like mosquitoes which must be squashed to be quieted.

Maybe your local boards DO listen to you. Maybe Richmond's boards arerepparttar 113519 rare exception. But I think not. I think that most boards aroundrepparttar 113520 entire country reflectrepparttar 113521 attitudes ofrepparttar 113522 Richmond boards:repparttar 113523 citizens are nuisances to be endured becauserepparttar 113524 law says they must endure us.

Why arerepparttar 113525 boards so adversarial in nature? Does it have to be that way? Do we not, as taxpaying citizens, deserve to be listened to CAREFULLY and HONESTLY?

It's time to stand up and be counted, folks. Do go to your local board meetings, if only to show them that you are watching!

Greg Cryns

Greg Cryns is the owner of Domain Country and many other websites. Over the years he has learned how to obtain high rankings in the major search engines.

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Illegal Immigrants

Written by Ed Howes

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Immigrants are one ofrepparttar best sources of foreign aidrepparttar 113508 U.S. has ever had. Poverty stricken immigrants work hard and long for low wages, continue to live simply and send a large part of their pay torepparttar 113509 families that did not come with them. This serves as a check on increased immigration. Atrepparttar 113510 same time, their relatively cheap labor helps U.S. industry remain competitive inrepparttar 113511 global market. All of which means, these immigrants have value and add value to U.S. society. We need to respect and reward that value, not frustrate and block it.

Overrepparttar 113512 past one hundred years, we have ignoredrepparttar 113513 opportunity to export economic prosperity to our Southern brothers and sisters. We could have invited those of talent and ability to come and learn business, trade andrepparttar 113514 skills that would raiserepparttar 113515 standard of living in their homelands. These people would agree after a five year program, to return to their homelands and teach others what they have learned about creating prosperity atrepparttar 113516 local level. After such a program had been in place for twenty or thirty years,repparttar 113517 pressure to crossrepparttar 113518 border would be substantially relieved. Instead,repparttar 113519 welfare ofrepparttar 113520 entire Southern Hemisphere has been largely ignored unlessrepparttar 113521 U.S. government had some pressing strategic interest.

Not only hasrepparttar 113522 U.S. government createdrepparttar 113523 immigration problem, they now insistrepparttar 113524 Border States and now many others, pay allrepparttar 113525 associated costs for medical care, criminal behaviors, andrepparttar 113526 general welfare. This isrepparttar 113527 wayrepparttar 113528 National Government says torepparttar 113529 states andrepparttar 113530 citizens, you have no more sovereignty. We arerepparttar 113531 boss of all we see. We tell everyone what they will do and we pickrepparttar 113532 pockets of every man, woman and child as we see fit. The states andrepparttar 113533 once sovereign people say Amen.

Letrepparttar 113534 once sovereign states rebel. Let them forbidrepparttar 113535 collection of Federal taxes within their borders. Then their citizens will be able to support effective state and local government. We only have Federal tyranny over citizens and states because we payrepparttar 113536 tyrants. Sincerepparttar 113537 Federal War againstrepparttar 113538 States inrepparttar 113539 1860s,repparttar 113540 power and money has increasingly flowed to Washington, D.C. fromrepparttar 113541 people's pockets. It is time to build a dam and stop this bleeding into a bottomless pit that buys nothing but empty promises, from people who refuse to obeyrepparttar 113542 law and do their jobs. It is time for citizens and states to grow a backbone.

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