by Legate Damar
Most people have never heard of Agenda 21. The underlying philosophy of Agenda 21 is that our environmental problems, particularly the theory of global warming, are the most important problems on the planet. This environmental theory continues to exist in spite of evidence to the contrary. Recently, a team of scientists studying the impact of global warming got stuck in the Antarctic ice (Global warming scientists force to admit defeat, 2013). Implicit in the philosophy of Agenda 21 is that human activity must be managed and controlled in order to reduce or eliminate global warming. Agenda 21 is hostile to the philosophy of free markets because it supports the violation of private property rights and imposes overbearing environmental regulations on our business and industry (Agenda 21 and the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission, 2013). A recent example is the fierce opposition by Agenda 21 proponents in the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission (NKAPC) to the insertion of language in the Areawide Comprehensive Plan Update to protect private property rights (Stand up for your Private Property Rights!, 2013).
by Erik Hermes
If you have ever considered running for an elected office, this is your time.
In 2014 we will be electing most of our local leaders including:
- State Representatives and Senators (All members of the house and some members of the senate)
- County Judge Executive
- County Commissioners
- County Attorney
- County Sheriff
- County Jailer
- County Clerk
- Circuit Judge
- City Council members
- School Board
The deadline to file for office is approaching quickly, Tuesday January 28.
If you’re telling yourself, I would make a great ______________ (fill in the blank), but I don’t know where to start or how to file, well you’re in luck.
You can learn everything you need on Saturday January 25
River Center Tower
100 E Riverside Blvd
The cost is $10 for lunch.
Our founding fathers intended for the people (truck drivers, construction workers, teachers, farmers, waitresses, grocery clerks, etc) to hold office. Who can better represent the people, than those that are among us? We are in desperate times because we are governed by those not around us. Ask yourself; when was the last time you talked to one of your elected officials? The answer is probably when they are campaigning for office and want your vote. Have they ever asked for your position on any issue?
Now is your time!
Curious who has filed so far? Go to this link and look at your county: http://apps.sos.ky.gov/elections/candidatefilings/statewide/default.aspx
There is much debate over who coined the phrase: “If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem”. But what is certain, if you’re sitting on the sideline you are only continuing the problem.
This week you have the opportunity to be part of the solution.
by Terry Donoghue
The Boone County Tea Party is pleased to announce that on Monday January 20th we will have 4th District Congressman Thomas Massie as our featured speaker. Rep Massie has been a true Conservative in Congress. He has been working to get more accountability from our public officials. He has co-sponsored Rep Barr amendment to the Constitution (HJR 26) to put term limits in effect on members of Congress. We are fortunate to have someone of Rep Massie's stature speak to us about our concerns. It is not often you can actually ask questions of your Congressman and hear what really goes on in Washington. Remember we now meet at the Asian Buffett...7665 Mall Rd in the Florence Square Shopping Center..Florence, KY. This is across the street from the Florence Mall next to Barnes and Noble. As always the meeting starts at 6:00 pm. Come on out and bring a friend and be informed.
by Eric Vest
In response to a recent article in the Enquirer the following letter was submitted. Could it be that the Enquirer is biased in their reporting?
The photograph caption in this Sunday Enquirer's Brent Spence Bridge cover story compared the Sherman Minton Bridge’s structural problems with Brent Spence Bridge which is misleading because the Brent Spence Bridge does not have structural problems according to the Kentucky Department of Transportation. This article further stated that Northern Kentucky can learn lessons from Louisville on building major bridges. I am a native of the Louisville metro area and have followed their bridge projects over the last 20 years and my recommendation to Northern Kentucky is to study Louisville as an example of how not to build major bridges. Louisville’s leadership has been actively blocking their East End bridge for over 25 years using various tactics including listing a non-historic East End estate that was in the way of the bridge’s approach to the National Register of Historic Places. The East End bridge plans now include an unnecessary $300+ million tunnel under an undeveloped portion of this estate because of this listing. Louisville’s bridge building efforts are not worthy of benchmarking unless you are trying to determine how not to do it. It you want to benchmark another city on bridge construction, benchmark St. Louis. St. Louis is completing its I70 Mississippi River Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge next month without tolling. There were proposals in St. Louis for tolls and a public private partnership, but Illinois officials and several St. Louis congressmen demanded a toll-free crossing and got it. The Missouri and Illinois governors also worked together to make the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge toll-free. Being a native of Louisville, I hate to say it, but do not follow the loser Louisville example, follow the winner St. Louis example.--Eric Vest
by Legate Damar
When the Kentucky General Assembly began its session on Jan. 7, lawmakers will see a big push from business leaders in Northern Kentucky to have a plan to pay for the $2.5 billion Brent Spence Bridge project. The bridge project, like last year, will be the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s top priority for the next session (Chamber hopes lawmakers find way to fund bridge, 2013). The federal government tells us it doesn’t have the nearly $3 billion needed to build a new bridge, and it is putting more pressure on the states to come up with the money (Few choices left but tolls, 2013). For nearly two decades, community and business leaders in Northern Kentucky have worked to build the case for replacing the Brent Spence Bridge. Now, those same people increasingly believe that the upcoming session of the Kentucky General Assembly is do-or-die time for the project. By the time they leave in mid-April, we should know whether the $2.5 billion project will move forward into the construction phase (Brent Spence at a crossroads, 2013). Last year, the Kentucky Chamber and Northern Kentucky Chamber pushed for legislation allowing private financing of the bridge. The legislation failed as it got tied to tolls. This year, the Chamber will push legislation that would allow any public project to use private money (Chamber hopes lawmakers find way to fund bridge, 2013).