County to SOE – “You’re staying put.”
(this post was originally posted in BecauseThisMatters.net)
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” – Edmund Burke.
It was reported today that the Supervisor of Elections will not be getting her building built after all. St. Lucie County will negotiate an extension of the lease of the SOE’s current offices for another 3 to 5 years.
We wrote about this back on May 22nd, and the story burned through the County like an August wildfire.
Gertrude Walker wanted the County to build her a building she could call her very own. She wanted at least 25,000 square feet, at a cost that the county put at $8.5 million.
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Rusty Roberts, spokesperson for All Aboard Florida, spoke at our last meeting on May 7th. A tough job for him as opposition to AAF grows almost daily with cities and counties along the route gearing up to fight this intrusion of 32 high speed trains rocketing through the Treasure Coast. St Lucie County the most recent to join the fight by pledging up to a half million dollars for legal fees. Bringing the total for the Treasure Coast legal fund over $4 million.
Roberts gave a shortened version of his canned presentation. At times Roberts seemed to grasp at straws. Even to go as far as to almost promise a station for St Lucie County. Although many months ago AAF management said that the Treasure Coast was not on the planning board for any stations in the foreseeable future. That means there would be zero benefit to the residents of St. Lucie, Martin or Indian River counties. But there would be costs, maintaining the grade crossings, and quiet zones. Roberts said that AAF would foot part of the costs. Part is not all. The remaining costs must come from somewhere, and that would be the cities and counties along the route.
The most interesting tidbit of the evening was when Roberts volunteered that AAF signed a non-compete agreement with Tri-Rail. Continue reading
The President flew into town last weekend to play a round of golf at the Floridian in Palm City. If you were around you probably heard the roar of the fighters overhead as they kept the skies clear and helped search for errant golf balls. I’m going to guess that Obama slices left, way left, very far left.
As usual whenever the conversation of President Obama and vacations come up you will hear two competing thoughts. Obama, it seems, is always on vacation; or George Bush took more vacation than Obama. Continue reading
Something happened the other day that most people probably didn’t take much notice of. The FCC declared the internet a utility.
Did you feel the earth just rumble? No. Neither did I, didn’t expect it to either. At least not yet, and trust me that is part of the plan.
Net Neutrality could be the most misunderstood subject to come up in recent years. It sounds like something you want, neutral; take no sides, no winners, no losers. Treat all equally. Sounds great.
According to the ACLU Net Neutrality will protect us from those evil corporate capitalists looking to make a profit on providing us the services we like. In order to protect us, claims the ACLU, we need government intervention. What? Yes, the ACLU, wants the government to get involved to protect citizens who voluntarily purchase a service.
The ACLU fears that telecommunication giants will scrutinize our data and communications. So, to protect us the ACLU wants the government to control the internet. This is the same government that has already admitted to collecting all our data and communications under the guise of keeping us safe. Continue reading
We’re well into 2015 and I’m excited to say that our organization has taken a new direction.
After the great success of 2014, defeating Seven50, we realized that our strength is on local issues. We can’t hope to turn around Washington from St Lucie County, but we can can be a force locally. We have something no other group has, we can write about things that no other webpage reports on, local issues. County Commission, PSL City Council, St Lucie School Board, state legislative issues, et al. Where are your tax dollars going? How are your local politicians performing? We’ve got the inside track, and we can make a difference.
More than just telling you what’s going on we’re going to look to shape and mold policy. Be your voice in local government. But we can only make a difference if we all get involved. We need writers, speakers, reporters.
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As I sit here days after Election Day I’m reviewing the races and turn out and results. I think about things I’ve done and roles I’ve played. I think back on the campaigns and candidates I’ve worked for, doors I’ve knocked on, calls I’ve made, letters I’ve written, people I’ve spoken with. All on behalf of candidates I felt strongly about. All on behalf of what I believed to be best for our country, state, county, and city. Naturally when I lost I was disappointed but oddly enough sometimes when I won I wound up being disappointed as well. The times I’ve won and been disappointed have always been on the federal level. Continue reading
What is a Law?– by Michael Loeb
What is a Law? And what happens when we fail to enforce them?
We need to understand what is meant by the term ‘law’.
There are the scientific laws encompassing the way the universe interacts within itself. There is ‘Natural Law’ things that are determined by nature. Laws of Economics, Laws of Physics, The Ten Commandments, the laws given to Moses by God on Mount Sinai after the Jews left Egypt on their way to the Promised Land, many of which have become the basis for civil society. Thou shall not kill; thou shall not steal, etc. You know the rest. However, the laws I am talking are the rules which a civil society lives by and why an uncivilized society is considered lawless. Continue reading
We have a short window to influence the Legislature to STOP COMMON CORE. We all know that the DOE may change the name to throw us off track. Find out how you can help. The business meeting on Tuesday, the 28th, will be your opportunity to catch up on what we need to be doing. Brenda MacMenamin will present the “Convention of States”. Phyllis Frey will update us on AC4PR and “Four50”. Alisa Artigas will represent AFP. The Leadership Team is stoked and we want to share our enthusiasm with all of you!
We know we’ve been ignoring the web site of late, but so many of us have been involved in the fight to stop Seven/50. Last Thursday night we were victorious in educating and convincing four of our county commissioners that this mega-regional plan is NOT for the benefit of St. Lucie County. You can see the re-run of this milestone on Comcast channel 21, SLCTV, in the Fort Pierce area. I caught the tail end yesterday just in time to see and hear Frannie Hutchinson give her reasons for voting to withdraw. Epic!
Now, we can’t pull back. Not only must we support first Martin County citizens and then Palm Beach County citizens, it is imperative that more of us continue to attend BOCC meetings. One HUGE issue is the sand-scoping, the effort of Miami-Dade to take our off-shore sand to replenish the Miami beaches. Frannie Hutchinson indicated in her remarks that it looks like it’s going to happen. We have to rally to help her stop it!
We have one meeting this month on the 14th at the Genesis Community Church with a guest speaker. Our only meeting in December will be our Bi-Annual Pot Luck Supper on the second Thursday, the 12th. We hope to see many of you again!