Community rights versus environmental destruction: Time to turn the page

Community rights versus environmental destruction: Time to turn the page

Guest Column By Cliff Willmeng –April 14, 2016 In a moment of insight and truthfulness, Mike Foote looked at the proposed legislation —legislation that would remove the Colorado Oil and Gas Association’s legal means to sue his community of Lafayette and others like it — and told us, “Nothing passes the Colorado legislature that oil and gas doesn’t want passed.” Read full column...

Friedrick’s recent column had some incorrect information

Adam Friedrick’s recent column in The Post had some misinformation regarding the citizen-led petition for a County Charter. First, signing the petition does not commit the signer or the county to anything. Getting petition signatures is the first step in the long process for “we the people” to propose laws or charters directly to the people. This is called “direct democracy” or “participatory democracy” and this is what the American Revolution was fought for. Since the people cannot compete with the corporations and their lobbyists on a monetary level, they must do the leg work of gathering thousands of signatures to give the people in Medina County a chance to voice their opinion at the ballot box.  Read more...

Medina County: We have the right to clean air, water, soil

This letter is in response to Commissioner Adam Friedrick’s column on April 2. I’m one of the “well-intentioned” county charter petition supporters who encourage the people of Medina County to read the petition prior to signing it. Mr. Friedrick infers that we home rule supporters are pulling the wool over the people’s eyes. Read more...

County group plans to bring charter proposal back in November

The Athens County Bill of Rights Committee is preparing to launch a petition drive March 15 to put a charter proposal before voters on the November General Election ballot. Right now, Athens County residents are the wards of the state, Dick McGinn maintained, but with a charter, “we’ve cut the umbilical cord with Columbus. We don’t want to have an independent country but we’d be capable for the first time of passing laws.” Read full article...