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  • Living in Law-Law Land?

    Living in Law- Law Land?

    LIVING IN WA STATE LAW-LAW,  LA-LA LAND?

    Definition of LA-LA LAND from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, a euphoric dreamlike mental state DETACHED FROM THE HARSHER REALITIES OF LIFE.

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    WHO’S? LEGISLATING IN WA STATE  LAW- LAW, LA-LA  LAND?

    WOW, 107 LEGISLATORS /LAWMAKERS HAVE INTRODUCED 2,200 LAWMAKING MEASURES?

    The Washington State Legislature is a bicameral body with 49 members in the Senate and 98 members in the House of Representatives.

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    From: WashingtonVotes.org News <wavotes@wavotes.org>
    Date: Fri, Feb 13, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    On this 33rd day of this year’s 105-day legislative session, lawmakers have introduced more than 2,200 measures

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    WHO’S VOTING on more than 2,200 measures  IN LAW- LAW, LA-LA LAND?

    our  147 WA State elected representative (aka our 147 public servants)

    How many of the 147 legislators are  detached from the harsher realities of life, and legislating in a euphoric dreamlike mental state?

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    These 147 legislators took an oath of office, to UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION,

     NOT TO “HOLD US UP”  

    by legislating and dumping more taxes and 2200 more lawmaking measures  on the already beleaguered WA STATE AMERICAN TAXPAYING CITIZENS.

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    How Stupid do these WA STATE  LAW- LAW, LA-LA  legislators  think we are?

    Do they think, American Citizens ARE SO Stupid, WE LACK COMPREHENSION  AND WE ARE TOO DUMB TO FIGURE OUT WHAT’S GOING ON?

    Behind My Back | By Hook or By Crook

    www.behindmyback.org/2013/10/16/by-hook-or-by-crook/

    Oct 16, 2013 – Suggestion number one is that ‘by hook or by crook‘ derives from the custom in mediaeval England of ALLOWING PEASANTS TO TAKE FROM …

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    Behind My Back | Fee Fie Foe Fum

    www.behindmyback.org/2013/10/26/fee-fie-foe-fum/

    Oct 26, 2013 – FEE, FEE? FIE, FIE? FOE, FOE? FUM? (By archaic definition and word origin) EVEN IN ARCHAIC … http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fee-fie-foe-fum.

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    ONE EXAMPLE (from an email)

    To a WA State Representative,

    You went on air and essentially referred to taxpayers of this state as children who need you to make decisions for them; that even when those decisions were unpopular, they were still the right decision.

    Your ill-spoken comments are offensive.  How dare you insinuate that you know better than the hard-working people of this state, what they need.  How dare you insinuate these people are children who need your guidance on what is best.  How insulting, how offensive, how demeaning.  You are obviously on a power trip that serves not one taxpayer of this state well.

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    How Stupid do these WA STATE  LAW- LAW, LA-LA  legislators  think we are?

    Do they think, American Citizens ARE SO Stupid, WE LACK COMPREHENSION  AND WE ARE TOO DUMB TO FIGURE OUT WHAT’S GOING ON?

    How Stupid ARE THESE WA STATE  LAW- LAW, LA-LA  legislators?  

    Full Definition of STUPID

    from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary

    slow of mind

    given to unintelligent decisions or acts

    acting in an unintelligent or careless manner

    lacking intelligence or reason

    dulled in feeling or sensation

    marked by or resulting from unreasoned thinking or acting

    lacking interest or point

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    How uninformed are the voters that voted for them, and elected them?

    HOW STUPID ARE THE WA STATE VOTERS THAT ELECTED THEM?

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    A full Synonym Discussion of STUPID

    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stupid

    stupid, dull, dense, crass, dumb, mean lacking in power to absorb ideas or impressions stupid implies a slow-witted or dazed state of mind that may be either congenital or temporary <stupid students just keeping the seats warm> <stupid with drink>.dull, suggests a slow or sluggish mind such as results from disease, depression, or shock <monotonous work that leaves the mind dull>. dense implies a thickheaded imperviousness to ideas <too dense to take a hint>. crass suggests a grossness of mind precluding discrimination or delicacy <a crass, materialistic people>. dumb, applies to an exasperating obtuseness or LACK OF COMPREHENSION <TOO DUMB TO FIGURE OUT WHAT’S GOING ON>.

     


  • Comments-Objections to PSNERP

    Comments-Objections to (PSNERP)

    I strongly oppose the Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem “RESTORATION” Project (PSNERP) and, in my opinion, it should be irrevocably terminated immediately.

    IT’S FEDERAL, IT’S STATE, IT’S OUR MONEY

    AND,  IT’S THE ENTIRE PUGET SOUND

    THE FOLLOWING ARE WRITTEN PUBLIC COMMENTS/OBJECTIONS ON PUGET SOUND NEARSHORE ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION PROJECT (PSNERP)

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    Subject: FW: Skagit CAPR Chapter: FW: submittal of PSNERP written comment

    From: Kathy Mitchell
    Date: Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 6:13 PM
    To: <nearshore@usace.army.mil>
    Subject: PSNERP Projects Comment

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    From: Roger Mitchell
    Sent: Thursday, January 08, 2015 2:56 PM
    To: Nearshore@usace.army.mil
    Subject: submittal of PSNERP written comment

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    Subject: FW: submittal For Clallam County of PSNERP written objection

    From: Pearl Rains Hewett
    Sent: Thursday, January 09, 2015
    To: Nearshore@usace.army.mil
    Subject: submittal of PSNERP Clallam County written objection

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    My PSNERP written public comments and objections PLUS…..

    The fact that these ideas were churned out by the Puget Sound Partnership and by the Envisioning people at OSU, is no surprise.

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    My written comment on the SHADY? history of the Puget Sound Partnership

    In May 2010, auditors found the partnership “circumvented state contracting laws, exceeded its purchasing authority and made unallowable purchases with public funds,” incurring “costs without clear public benefit.”

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    My written comments on RESTORATION….. period

    Behind My Back | RED FLAG WARNING Page 2

    www.behindmyback.org/category/red-flag-warning/page/2/

    Apr 9, 2014 – EPA RESTORATION OF PUGET SOUND … the cost of an unfunded WA STATE RESTORATION “RAIN TAX” TO CLEAN UP PUGET SOUND? ….. Goggle behindmyback.org for the full text of “Sue and Settle Sucks”

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    Behind My Back | The “RESTORATION” Shell Game

    www.behindmyback.org/2014/06/09/the-restoration-shell-game/

    Jun 9, 2014 – A highly convoluted GAME OF RESTORATION that is involving the … MANY NUTS CAN YOU GET UNDER ONE RESTORATION SHELL?

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    Behind My Back | $14.8 Billion for Restoration

    www.behindmyback.org/2014/06/10/14-8-billion-for-restoration/

    Jun 10, 2014 – http://apwa-wa.org/Uploads/CommitteeFiles/Stormwater/1110009.pdf … The “RESTORATION” Shell Game In the state of Maryland, their elected representatives, legislators, passed a $14.8 …. The “RESTORATIONShell Game.

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    Behind My Back | Bang for their buck? Restoration

    www.behindmyback.org/category/bang-for-their-buck-restoration/

    Dec 3, 2014 – www.behindmyback.org/2013/07/14/surfrider-foundation/ …… for planning, authorizing and implementing the RESTORATION SHELL GAME .

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    INDEED, while we’re RESTORING

    While we’re in the “RESTORATION” business I’d like a few things restored, too:

    Behind My Back | American Restoration of Law and Order

    www.behindmyback.org/2014/…/american-restoration-of-law-and-order/

    Jun 11, 2014 – American Restoration of Law and Order? OF OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO DOMESTIC TRANQUILITY IN AMERICA?

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    Behind My Back | Senate Hearings on EPA

    www.behindmyback.org/category/senate-hearings-on-epa/

    Sep 1, 2014 - GIVE “STATE’S SOVEREIGNTY” BACK TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA! … http://heartland.org/policy-documents/replacing-environmental-protection- ….. Is anyone in congress addressing the Restoration of “Law and …

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    THE HISTORY OF PUGET SOUND PARTNERSHIP 2007-2010

    read the complete text at

    Behind My Back | The Bad News On Kilmer

    www.behindmyback.org/2013/08/31/the-bad-news-on-kilmer/

    Aug 31, 2013 – US. Reps Kilmer and Heck promise to continue the work of Norm Dicks on behalf of WETLANDS, SHORELINES By ROB CARSON — Staff writer …

    “Everyone was scratching everyone’s back with this PUGET SOUND PARTNERSHIP,” said Republican state Sen. Mark Schoesler, who has been a vocal critic of the partnership. “They were banking on daddy Dicks to bring money home, and then his son squandered it.

    ”PUGET SOUND PARTNERSHIP” May 2010
    In May 2010, auditors found the partnership “circumvented state contracting laws, exceeded its purchasing authority and made unallowable purchases with public funds,” incurring “costs without clear public benefit.”

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    I Pearl Rains Hewett, submit and concur, with the following PSNERP Projects comments. ——————————————————————————————————

    From: Kathy Mitchell
    Date: Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 6:13 PM
    To: <nearshore@usace.army.mil>
    Subject: PSNERP Projects Comment

    C/O: Nancy C. Gleason

    USACOE

    CENWS-EN-ER

    POB 3755

    Seattle, WA 98124-3755

    nearshore@usace.army.mil

    The PSNERP projects, especially those for Skagit County, must be abandoned; the enormous waste of tax dollars for these ill-conceived and harmful projects to precious farmland under the guise of flimsy reasoning and faulty assumptions is wrong.

    The fact that the concept for these unneeded and unnecessary projects got this far, especially with such an outrageous price tag, is a disgrace. These proposed projects would necessarily cause ruination of thousands of acres farmland, and more than likely cause unforeseen and unintended consequences to those and adjacent lands.

    Furthermore, in my opinion, the fact that these ideas were churned out by the Puget Sound Partnership and by the Envisioning people at OSU, is no surprise; both groups are well known for their inferior, ideology-based recommendations rather than sound work based on pertinent, fact-based science, on appropriate field work, and on site-specific work.  Since when do they ‘know all’ and ‘see all’ about what restoration really means for areas they really know nothing about?  As a classically trained geologist, I do know that the land is in a constant state of flux and that these people’s notions of exactly what ‘snapshot in time’ to use as this golden state of restoration is laughable.  Do we go back 30 years?  Go back 300 years?  Go back 3,000 years?  Go back 3 Million years? Erosion, sedimentation, and associated processes are dynamic – the land will change over time.

    Finally, I am appalled and quite dismayed that the Army Corps of Engineers has had anything to do with this wasteful boondoggle.

    Sincerely,

    Kathy Mitchell

    1155 Chuckanut Ridge Drive

    Bow, WA 98232

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    From: Roger Mitchell
    Sent: Thursday, January 08, 2015 2:56 PM
    To: Nearshore@usace.army.mil
    Subject: submittal of PSNERP written comment

     

    Written Comment on Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration Project (PSNERP)

    Roger H. Mitchell, Bow, Washington

    I strongly oppose the Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration Project (PSNERP) and, in my opinion, it should be irrevocably terminated immediately.

    Opinion:

    The entire premise for PSNERP is scientifically flawed, ideologically driven, and just another veiled attempt to socially engineer and control the lives of private property owners. At it’s best, PSNERP is a government make-work program; at it’s worst PSNERP is merely another chapter in irresponsible environmentalism run amok.

    Procedurally, this proposed project has been seriously flawed. There are significant inconsistencies and discrepancies between pugetsoundnearshore.org’s website and the website at nws.usace.army.mil. Discrepancies include different numbers of affected acres and in cost projections. If the goal was to confuse the public then, for once, government has succeeded. Why are we just getting to comment now on something that has been proceeding for years ? Why and how are we now being “steamrollered” into supporting this proposal in what appears to be a predetermined outcome that, once gain, bears little resemblance to the “consent of the governed?

    The proposed project is at odds with RCW 36.70A – the Growth Management Act (GMA). PSNERP will cause destruction and loss of farmland and rural business that is contrary to GMA mandates.  Some ideologues have relentlessly made it more and more difficult for farmers to grow the crops that feed the rest of us. Why let PSNERP add to the decline of farmland, farming, and farmers ? Any PSNERP proposed project must show, in detail, how it complies with the GMA. Thus far, that demonstration of compliance has been disregarded, overlooked, or intentionally omitted in PSNERP proposals.

    Among the many problems with PSNERP and its many clones is that the instigators are never held accountable for their mistakes and failures. They play with other people’s money or, in this case, other people’s properties. Essentially they have no “skin in the game”. Ten years from now, when PSNERP has failed to do anything positive, and has had numerous, negative, unintended consequences, do you think the current PSNERPers are going to say, “Gee; I’m sorry ‘bout that PSNERP thing and wasting that Billion dollars. Do you want your refund in cash or a check ?”

    Actions:

    The EIS should be withdrawn. My preference would be to abandon this proposal and not waste another taxpayer dollar on it.

    There needs to be a true cost/benefit analysis. We’re talking about potential misappropriation and misapplication of taxpayer dollars. Without an honest cost benefit study, the public cannot properly determine whether the proposed project is acceptable or worthy of full funding, partial funding, or, my personal favorite, no funding at all.

    Let’s have a little chat about “restoration” and unanswered questions:

    re·store

    rəˈstôr/

    verb:  return (someone or something) to a former condition, place, or position.

    res·to·ra·tion

    ˌrestəˈrāSH(ə)n/

    noun:  the action of returning something to a former owner, place, or condition

    So, I ask you, where are the answers to the following “restoration” questions ?

    1.       Apparently there is a specific time and condition to which we should presumptively “restore”. How do we know that that chosen time and condition was, in fact, optimal or better in any way relative to the current time and condition ?

    2.       Who actually knows the details and dynamics of that presumptively chosen optimal time and condition to which PSNERPers would have us restore to from current conditions ?

    3.    Who gets to make the determination of what time and condition we are restoring to ?

    4.       Even if the PSNERP proposal could be determined to be either good or bad, who has decreed who has the authority to decide for all of the rest of us whether the proposal is good?

    5.       The issue is “restoration” projects; these projects do not exist in a vacuum — they affect other people, locations, and conditions as well. Worldviews, movements, and projects — these things all have consequences. What are PSNERP’s costs in resources (time & taxpayer dollars) and what other possible projects and programs will PSNERP preclude ?

    6.       What are the unintended consequences of the proposed PSNERP projects ? Forces result from interactions. The proposed PSNERP projects are interactive forces. Newton’s Third Law of Motions reminds us that For every action, there is an opposite and equal reaction. When you poke the balloon in one place it pops out in another. When PSNERP projects “poke” the balloon of status quo, what is going to pop out elsewhere as a result ?

    7.       Does anyone at PSNERP realize that the earth’s geology, biology, and ecology have been in a constant state of change since their very inceptions and will continue to change for infinity ? How incredibly arrogant, condescending, and egocentric of some to think they can determine exactly what is “best” in terms of time or condition for any of these dynamic, natural processes.

    8.       By what criteria has someone determined that current conditions are not “best” and has chosen the particular, proposed, “restore to” slice of time and conditions as better or optimal?

    9.       Purportedly, PSNERP is, like detrimental instream flow rules, all about salmon. Why are some people so wrapped up in attempting to “protect” one particular species (salmonids) to the detriment of others ? Who chose salmonids over other worthy species (including humans) who are left to compete, unassisted and unprotected, in the Darwinian battle with the rest of us ? We call it, “life”.

    PSNERP proposals have not provided good or acceptable answers to any of the above questions.

    Fallacies:

    PSNERP is yet another exercise in governmental fallacious reasoning. Fallacies can be divided into categories according to the epistemological factors that cause the error:

    The reasoning is invalid but is presented as if it were a valid argument

    • The argument has an unjustified premise
    • Some relevant evidence has been ignored or suppressed

     

    The PSNERP proposal has all of these fallacies. But, just be sure, PSNERP also has the types of fallacies listed below:

    False Dilemma

    A proposal that unfairly presents too few choices and then implies that a choice must be made among this short menu of choices

    False Cause

    Improperly concluding that one thing is a cause of another.

    Reversing Causation

    Drawing an improper conclusion about causation due to a causal assumption that reverses cause and effect.

    Unfalsifiability (Untestability)

    This error in explanation occurs when the explanation contains a claim that is not falsifiable, because there is no way to check on the claim. That is, there would be no way to show the claim to be false if it were false. There is no null hypothesis.

    And the environmentalist ideologue’s perennial favorite:

    Scare Tactic

    Terrorizing people in order to give them a reason for believing that you are correct.

    By the way, while we’re “restoring”:

    While we’re in the “restoration” business I’d like a few things restored, too:

    I’d like my inherent, natural property rights restored.

    • I’d like my pursuit of happiness restored by not being constantly barraged with yet another manic, trumped up, Chicken Little environmental “crisis” that needs to be “mitigated”.
    • I’d like my Washington State government restored to what the state’s founders intended in

    that calls for “consent of the governed”.

    Will it help if I ask nicely ?

    Please ! Stop wasting our time, money, and goodwill. PSNERP is wrong for many, may reasons; it should be irrevocably terminated immediately.

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    —– Original Message —–

    From:

    Sent: Friday, January 09, 2015 12:37 PM

    Subject: FW: Skagit CAPR Chapter: FW: submittal of PSNERP written comment

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  • The Enabling Act March 1933

    The Enabling Act March 1933

    ON 23 MARCH 1933, THE GERMAN REICHSTAG VOTED IN THE ENABLING ACT, ALLOWING ADOLF HITLER TO RIP UP THE CONSTITUTION.

    THE FORMAL TITLE FOR THE ENABLING ACT WAS

      THE ‘LAW TO REMEDY THE DISTRESS OF PEOPLE AND REICH’

    The Enabling Act was passed on March 23rd 1933. The act was to have huge consequences for the CITIZENS OF NAZI GERMANY

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    A Bill for the More General Diffusion of Knowledge (complete text below)

    THOSE ENTRUSTED WITH POWER HAVE, IN TIME, AND BY SLOW OPERATIONS, PERVERTED IT INTO TYRANNY

    and it is believed that the most effectual means of preventing this would be,  TO ILLUMINATE, AS FAR AS PRACTICABLE, THE MINDS OF THE PEOPLE AT LARGE, AND MORE ESPECIALLY TO GIVE THEM KNOWLEDGE OF THOSE FACTS

    WHICH HISTORY EXHIBITETH, THAT, POSSESSED THEREBY OF THE EXPERIENCE OF OTHER AGES AND COUNTRIES, THEY MAY BE ENABLED TO KNOW AMBITION UNDER ALL ITS SHAPES, AND PROMPT TO EXERT THEIR NATURAL POWERS TO DEFEAT ITS PURPOSES

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    The Enabling Act March 1933 – History Learning Site

    www.historylearningsite.co.uk › Modern World HistoryNazi Germany

    Mar 23, 1933 – The Enabling Act of March 1933 gave Adolf Hitler huge powers.

    THE ENABLING ACT ALLOWED HITLER TO RULE BY HIMSELF.

    - ON 23 MARCH 1933, THE GERMAN REICHSTAG VOTED IN THE ENABLING ACT, ALLOWING ADOLF HITLER TO RIP UP THE CONSTITUTION

    German constitutional law stated that any change to the constitution (and the Enabling Act was seen as a change to it) had to have a vote at which 66% of the Reichstag Deputies had to be present. Of these the vote needed to be 66% or over – not the usual bare majority.

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    THE SUBJECT OF EDUCATION

    As part of his work in revising the laws of Virginia during the late 1770s and early 1780s, Thomas Jefferson put forth a bill that has become one of his most enduring WORKS ON THE SUBJECT OF EDUCATION: BILL 79

    TO ILLUMINATE, AS FAR AS PRACTICABLE, THE MINDS OF THE PEOPLE AT LARGE, AND MORE ESPECIALLY TO GIVE THEM KNOWLEDGE OF THOSE FACTS

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    A BILL FOR THE MORE GENERAL DIFFUSION OF KNOWLEDGE

    THOMAS JEFFERSON (1779)

    SECTION I. Whereas it appeareth that however certain forms of government are better calculated than others to protect individuals in the free exercise of their natural rights,

     and are at the same time themselves better guarded against degeneracy,

    yet experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms,

    THOSE ENTRUSTED WITH POWER HAVE, IN TIME, AND BY SLOW OPERATIONS, PERVERTED IT INTO TYRANNY;

    AND IT IS BELIEVED THAT THE MOST EFFECTUAL MEANS OF PREVENTING THIS WOULD BE,

     TO ILLUMINATE, AS FAR AS PRACTICABLE, THE MINDS OF THE PEOPLE AT LARGE, AND MORE ESPECIALLY TO GIVE THEM KNOWLEDGE OF THOSE FACTS,

     WHICH HISTORY EXHIBITETH, THAT, POSSESSED THEREBY OF THE EXPERIENCE OF OTHER AGES AND COUNTRIES, THEY MAY BE ENABLED TO KNOW AMBITION UNDER ALL ITS SHAPES, AND PROMPT TO EXERT THEIR NATURAL POWERS TO DEFEAT ITS PURPOSES

    And whereas it is generally true that the people will be happiest whose laws are best, and are best administered, and that laws will be wisely formed, and honestly administered, in proportion as those who form and administer them are wise and honest; whence it becomes expedient for promoting the publick happiness that those persons,

     WHOM NATURE HATH ENDOWED WITH GENIUS AND VIRTUE, SHOULD BE RENDERED BY LIBERAL EDUCATION WORTHY TO RECEIVE, AND ABLE TO GUARD THE SACRED DEPOSIT OF THE RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES OF THEIR FELLOW CITIZENS, and that they should be called to that charge without regard to wealth, birth or other accidental condition or circumstance; BUT THE INDIGENCE OF THE GREATER NUMBER DISABLING THEM FROM SO EDUCATING, AT THEIR OWN EXPENCE,

    THOSE OF THEIR CHILDREN WHOM NATURE HATH FITLY FORMED AND DISPOSED TO BECOME USEFUL INSTRUMENTS FOR THE PUBLIC, IT IS BETTER THAT SUCH SHOULD BE SOUGHT FOR AND EDUCATED AT THE COMMON EXPENCE OF ALL,

    THAN THAT THE HAPPINESS OF ALL SHOULD BE CONFIDED TO THE WEAK OR WICKED:

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    THIS IS HOW WA STATE WORKS ON THE SUBJECT OF EDUCATION

    TO ILLUMINATE, AS FAR AS PRACTICABLE, THE MINDS OF THE PEOPLE AT LARGE, AND MORE ESPECIALLY TO GIVE THEM KNOWLEDGE OF THOSE FACTS

    Supreme Court finds Legislature in contempt on education …

    blogs.seattletimes.com/…/supreme-court-finds-legislatu…

    The Seattle Times

    Sep 11, 2014 – The Washington state Supreme Court is holding the Legislature IN CONTEMPT for not making enough progress toward fully funding public …

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    Read more on Public Education

    Behind My Back | The ENABLING ACT February 22, 1889

    www.behindmyback.org/2014/03/…/the-enabling-act-february-22-1889/

    Mar 9, 2014 – Through the Enabling Act, a specific acreage of land was endowed and is held in trust for each identified beneficiary. Revenues generated from …

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    A BILL FOR THE MORE GENERAL DIFFUSION OF KNOWLEDGE (continued)

    SECT. II. BE it therefore enacted by the General Assembly, that in every county within this commonwealth, there shall be chosen annually, by the electors qualified to vote for Delegates, three of the most honest and able men of their county, to be called the Aldermen of the county; and that the election of the said Aldermen shall be held at the same time and place, before the same persons, and notified and conducted in the same manner as by law is directed for the annual election of Delegates for the county.

    SECT. III. THE person before whom such election is holden shall certify to the court of the said county the names of the Aldermen chosen, in order that the same may be entered of record, and shall give notice of their election to the said Aldermen within a fortnight after such election.

    SECT. IV. THE said Aldermen on the first Monday in October, if it be fair, and if not, then on the next fair day, excluding Sunday, shall meet at the court-house of their county, and proceed to divide their said county into hundreds, bounding the same by water courses, mountains, or limits, to be run and marked, if they think necessary, by the county surveyor, and at the county expence, regulating the size of the said hundreds, according to the best of their discretion, so as that they may contain a convenient number of children to make up a school, and be of such convenient size that all the children within each hundred may daily attend the school to be established therein, distinguishing each hundred by a particular name; which division, with the names of the several hundreds, shall be returned to the court of the county and be entered of record, and shall remain unaltered until the increase or decrease of inhabitants shall render an alteration necessary, in the opinion of any succeeding Aldermen, and also in the opinion of the court of the county.

    SECT. V. THE electors aforesaid residing within every hundred shall meet on the third Monday in October after the first election of Aldermen, at such place, within their hundred, as the said ALDERMEN SHALL DIRECT, NOTICE THEREOF BEING PREVIOUSLY GIVEN TO THEM BY SUCH PERSON RESIDING WITHIN THE HUNDRED AS THE SAID ALDERMEN SHALL REQUIRE WHO IS HEREBY ENJOINED TO OBEY SUCH REQUISITION, ON PAIN OF BEING PUNISHED BY AMERCEMENT AND IMPRISONMENT. The electors being so assembled shall choose the most convenient place within their hundred for building a school-house. If two or more places, having a greater number of votes than any others, shall yet be equal between themselves, the Aldermen, or such of them as are not of the same hundred, on information thereof, shall decide between them. The said Aldermen shall forthwith proceed to have a school-house built at the said place, and shall see that the same be kept in repair, and, when necessary, that it be rebuilt; but whenever they shall think necessary that it be rebuilt, they shall give notice as before directed, to the electors of the hundred to meet at the said school-house, on such day as they shall appoint, to determine by vote, in the manner before directed, whether it shall be rebuilt at the same, or what other place in the hundred.

     

    SECT. VI. AT every of these SCHOOLS SHALL BE TAUGHT READING, WRITING, AND COMMON ARITHMETICK, and THE BOOKS WHICH SHALL BE USED THEREIN FOR INSTRUCTING THE CHILDREN TO READ SHALL BE SUCH AS WILL AT THE SAME TIME MAKE them acquainted with Graecian, Roman,

     ENGLISH, AND AMERICAN HISTORY.

     At these schools all the free children, male and female, resident within the respective hundred, shall be intitled to receive tuition gratis, for the term of three years, and as much longer, at their private expence, as their parents, guardians or friends, shall think proper.

     

    SECT. VII. OVER ten of these schools (or such other number nearest thereto, as the number of hundreds in the county will admit, without fractional divisions) an overseer shall be appointed annually by the Aldermen at their first meeting, eminent for his learning, integrity, and fidelity to the commonwealth, whose business and duty it shall be, from time to time, to appoint a teacher to each school, who shall give assurance of fidelity to the commonwealth, and to remove him as he shall see cause; to visit every school once in every half year at the least, to examine the schollars; see that any general plan of reading and instruction recommended by the visiters of William and Mary College shall be observed; and to superintend the conduct of the teacher in every thing relative to his school.

     

    SECT. VIII. EVERY teacher shall receive a salary of by the year, which, with the expences of building and repairing the school houses, shall be provided in such manner as other county expences are by law directed to be provided and shall also have his diet, lodging, and washing found him, to be levied in like manner, save only that such levy shall be on the inhabitants of each hundred for the board of their own teacher only.

     

    SECT. IX. AND in order that grammer schools may be rendered convenient to the youth in every part of the commonwealth, BE it farther enacted, that on the first Monday in November, after the first appointment of overseers for the hundred schools, if fair, and if not, then on the next fair day, excluding Sunday, after the hour of one in the afternoon, the said overseers appointed for the schools in the counties of Princess Ann, Norfolk, Nansemond and Isle-of-Wight, shall meet at Nansemond court house; those for the counties of Southampton, Sussex, Surry and Prince George, shall meet at Sussex court-house; those for the counties of Brunswick, Mecklenburg and Lunenburg, shall meet at Lunenburg court-house; those for the counties of Dinwiddie, Amelia and Chesterfield, shall meet at Chesterfield court-house; those for the counties of Powhatan, Cumberland, Goochland, Henrico and Hanover, shall meet at Henrico court-house; those for the counties of Prince Edward, Charlotte and Halifax, shall meet at Charlotte court-house; those for the counties of Henry, Pittsylvania and Bedford, shall meet at Pittsylvania court-house; those for the counties of Buckingham, Amherst, Albemarle and Fluvanna, shall meet at Albemarle court-house; those for the counties of Botetourt, Rockbridge, Montgomery, Washington and Kentucky, shall meet at Botetourt court-house; those for the counties of Augusta, Rockingham and Greenbrier, shall meet at Augusta court-house; those for the counties of Accomack and Northampton, shall meet at Accomack court-house; those for the counties of Elizabeth City, Warwick, York, Gloucester, James City, Charles City and New Kent, shall meet at James City court-house; those for the counties of Middlesex, Essex, King and Queen, King William and Caroline, shall meet at King and Queen court-house; those for the counties of Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond and Westmoreland, shall meet at Richmond court-house; those for the counties of King George, Stafford, Spotsylvania, Prince William and Fairfax, shall meet at Spotsylvania court-house; those for the counties of Loudoun and Fauquier, shall meet at Loudoun court-house; those for the counties of Culpeper, Orange and Louisa, shall meet at Orange court-house; those for the counties of Shenandoah and Frederick, shall meet at Frederick court-house; those for the counties of Hampshire and Berkeley, shall meet at Berkeley court house; and those for the counties of Yohogania, Monongalia and Ohio, shall meet at Monongalia court-house; and shall fix on such place in some one of the counties in their district as shall be most proper for situating a grammar school-house, endeavouring that the situation be as central as may be to the inhabitants of the said counties, that it be furnished with good water, convenient to plentiful supplies of provision and fuel, and more than all things that it be healthy. And if a majority of the overseers present should not concur in their choice of any one place proposed, the method of determining shall be as follows: If two places only were proposed, and the votes be divided, they shall decide between them by fair and equal lot; if more than two places were proposed, the question shall be put on those two which on the first division had the greater number of votes; or if no two places had a greater number of votes than the others, as where the votes shall have been equal between one or both of them and some other or others, then it shall be decided by fair and equal lot (unless it can be agreed by a majority of votes) which of the places having equal numbers shall be thrown out of the competition, so that the question shall be put on the remaining two, and if on this ultimate question the votes shall be equally divided, it shall then be decided finally by lot.

     

    SECT. X. THE said overseers having determined the place at which the grammer school for their district shall be built, shall forthwith (unless they can otherwise agree with the proprietors of the circumjacent lands as to location and price) make application to the clerk of the county in which the said house is to be situated, who shall thereupon issue a writ, in the nature of a writ of ad quod damnum, directed to the sheriff of the said county commanding him to summon and impannel twelve fit persons to meet at the place, so destined for the grammer school-house, on a certain day, to be named in the said writ, not less than five, nor more than ten, days from the date thereof; and also to give notice of the same to the proprietors and tenants of the lands to be viewed, if they be to be found within the county, and if not, then to their agents therein if any they have. Which freeholders shall be charged by the said sheriff impartially, and to the best of their skill and judgement to view the lands round about the said place, and to locate and circumscribe, by certain metes and bounds, one hundred acres thereof, having regard therein principally to the benefit and convenience of the said school, but respecting in some measure also the convenience of the said proprietors, and to value and appraise the same in so many several respective interests and estates therein. And after such location and appraisement so made, the said sheriff shall forthwith return the same under the hands and seals of the said jurors, together with the writ, to the clerk’s office of the said county and the right and property of the said proprietors and tenants in the said lands so circumscribed shall be immediately devested and be transferred to the commonwealth for the use of the said grammar school, in full and absolute dominion, any want of consent or disability to consent in the said owners or tenants notwithstanding. But it shall not be lawful for the said overseers so to situate the said grammar school-house, nor to the said jurors so to locate the said lands, as to include the mansion-house of the proprietor of the lands, nor the offices, curtilage, or garden, thereunto immediately belonging.

     

    SECT. XI. THE said overseers shall forthwith proceed to have a house of brick or stone, for the said grammar school, with necessary offices, built on the said lands, which grammer school-house shall contain a room for the school, a hall to dine in, four rooms for a master and usher, and ten or twelve lodging rooms for the scholars.

     

    SECT. XII. TO each of the said grammar schools shall be allowed out of the public treasury, the sum of pounds, out of which shall be paid by the Treasurer, on warrant from the Auditors, to the proprietors or tenants of the lands located, the value of their several interests as fixed by the jury, and the balance thereof shall be delivered to the said overseers to defray the expence of the said buildings.

     

    SECT. XIII. IN these grammar schools shall be taught the Latin and Greek languages, English grammar, geography, and the higher part of numerical arithmetick, to wit, vulgar and decimal fractions, and the extraction of the square and cube roots.

     

    SECT. XIV. A visiter from each county constituting the district shall be appointed, by the overseers, for the county, in the month of October annually, either from their own body or from their county at large, which visiters or the greater part of them, meeting together at the said grammar school on the first Monday in November, if fair, and if not, then on the next fair day, excluding Sunday, shall have power to choose their own Rector, who shall call and preside at future meetings, to employ from time to time a master, and if necessary, an usher, for the said school, to remove them at their will, and to settle the price of tuition to be paid by the scholars. They shall also visit the school twice in every year at the least, either together or separately at their discretion, examine the scholars, and see that any general plan of instruction recommended by the visiters of William and Mary College shall be observed. The said masters and ushers, before they enter on the execution of their office, shall give assurance of fidelity to the commonwealth.

     

    SECT. XV. A steward shall be employed, and removed at will by the master, on such wages as the visiters shall direct; which steward shall see to the procuring provisions, fuel, servants for cooking, waiting, house cleaning, washing, mending, and gardening on the most reasonable terms; the expence of which, together with the steward’s wages, shall be divided equally among all the scholars boarding either on the public or private expence. And the part of those who are on private expence, and also the price of their tuitions due to the master or usher, shall be paid quarterly by the respective scholars, their parents, or guardians, and shall be recoverable, if withheld, together with costs, on motion in any Court of Record, ten days notice thereof being previously given to the party, and a jury impannelled to try the issue joined, or enquire of the damages. The said steward shall also, under the direction of the visiters, see that the houses be kept in repair, and necessary enclosures be made and repaired, the accounts for which, shall, from time to time, be submitted to the Auditors, and on their warrant paid by the Treasurer.

     

    SECT. XVI. EVERY overseer of the hundred schools shall, in the month of September annually, after the most diligent and impartial examination and enquiry, appoint from among the boys who shall have been two years at the least at some one of the schools under his superintendance, and whose parents are too poor to give them farther education, some one of the best and most promising genius and disposition, to proceed to the grammar school of his district; which appointment shall be made in the court-house of the county, on the court day for that month, if fair, and if not, then on the next fair day, excluding Sunday, in the presence of the Aldermen, or two of them at the least, assembled on the bench for that purpose, the said overseer being previously sworn by them to make such appointment, without favor or affection, according to the best of his skill and judgment, and being interrogated by the said Aldermen, either on their own motion, or on suggestions from the parents, guardians, friends, or teachers of the children, competitors for such appointment; which teachers shall attend for the information of the Aldermen. On which interrogatories the said Aldermen, if they be not satisfied with the appointment proposed, shall have right to negative it; whereupon the said visiter may proceed to make a new appointment, and the said Aldermen again to interrogate and negative, and so toties quoties until an appointment be approved.

     

    SECT. XVII. EVERY boy so appointed shall be authorised to proceed to the grammar school of his district, there to be educated and boarded during such time as is hereafter limited; and his quota of the expences of the house together with a compensation to the master or usher for his tuition, at the rate of twenty dollars by the year, shall be paid by the Treasurer quarterly on warrant from the Auditors.

     

    SECT. XVIII. A visitation shall be held, for the purpose of probation, annually at the said grammar school on the last Monday in September, if fair, and if not, then on the next fair day, excluding Sunday, at which one third of the boys sent thither by appointment of the said overseers, and who shall have been there one year only, shall be discontinued as public foundationers, being those who, on the most diligent examination and enquiry, shall be thought to be of the least promising genius and disposition; and of those who shall have been there two years, all shall be discontinued, save one only the best in genius and disposition, who shall be at liberty to continue there four years longer on the public foundation, and shall thence forward be deemed a senior.

     

    SECT. XIX. THE visiters for the districts which, or any part of which, be southward and westward of James river, as known by that name, or by the names of Fluvanna and Jackson’s river, in every other year, to wit, at the probation meetings held in the years, distinguished in the Christian computation by odd numbers, and the visiters for all the other districts at their said meetings to be held in those years, distinguished by even numbers, after diligent examination and enquiry as before directed, shall chuse one among the said seniors, of the best learning and most hopeful genius and disposition, who shall be authorised by them to proceed to William and Mary College, there to be educated, boarded, and clothed, three years; the expence of which annually shall be paid by the Treasurer on warrant from the Auditors.

    The Bill was presented in the House of Delegates in 1778 and 1780, but was not passed; James Madison  presented the bill several more times to the state legislature while Jefferson was serving in Paris as Minister to France. A much-revised version was finally passed into law in 1796 as an “Act to Establish Public Schools.”

     

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    Read more on the history of Public Education

    The Beginnings of Public Education

    in Virginia, 1776-1860

    Source: Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826. Public Papers, Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia Library. http://etext.virginia.edu/jefferson/texts/

     


  • WA State Parks Sloppy Accounting

    WA State Parks Sloppy Accounting

    During fiscal 2013, State Parks had more than $34 million in revenues, of which $11.6 million was collected at the parks and $5.5 MILLION FROM SALES OF THE DISCOVER PASS.

    Now that money’s all gone? Unaccounted for?

    Oct. 9, 2014  AUDITOR: STATE PARKS MUST CORRECT “SLOPPY” ACCOUNTING METHODS

    By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press Published: Oct 9, 2014 at 11:01 AM PDT

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission needs to do a better job of accounting for money spent on motor vehicle fuel and for its Discover Passes and other park revenues, the Washington State Auditor’s Office said Thursday.

    GOV. JAY INSLEE  must be held accountable

    And the WA State Legislators MUST DENY THIS.
    September 25, 2014  GOV. JAY INSLEE TO CONSIDER $100 MILLION PLAN TO FUND STATE PARKS

    BY Tim Haeck  on September 25, 2014

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    If WA State Parks can’t account for $34 MILLION with their SLOPPY ACCOUNTING METHODS?

    How could the ways and means committee even begin to consider giving WA State Parks another $100 MILLION?

    The WA State Legislator is accountable to the people in WA State, let them be accountable, for  the ” MUST CORRECT”,  WA STATE PARKS “SLOPPY” ACCOUNTING METHODS. Before another penny of “TAXPAYER MONEY” is appropriate by ANY  means, including  ANY increase in ANY TAX or PARK FEES.

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    Oct. 9, 2014  AUDITOR: STATE PARKS MUST CORRECT “SLOPPY” ACCOUNTING METHODS

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    DISCOVER PASSES, State Parks does not have written procedures to ensure the proper tracking of passes printed or distributed; does not maintain a daily log stating the number of passes sold; and does not reconcile the number of passes sold to deposit SLIPS TO ENSURE THAT ALL REVENUES WERE DEPOSITED.

    The audit also found that in collecting cash, the agency had no controls to ensure all funds collected through secured boxes were deposited; had only one person collecting cash from boxes at park locations; and did not consistently make deposits in a timely manner.

    That raised the danger that revenue collected could be misappropriated and that theft would not be quickly identified, the audit said.

    In another finding, the report said that, from July 2012 to July 2013, State Parks spent more than $1 million to purchase fuel, including $660,000 on individual fuel cards.

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    COMPLETE TEXT

    Auditor: State Parks must correct sloppy accounting methods

    By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press Published: Oct 9, 2014 at 11:01 AM PDT

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission needs to do a better job of accounting for money spent on motor vehicle fuel and for its Discover Passes and other park revenues, the Washington State Auditor’s Office said Thursday.

    “The Commission must be able to account for its use of public funds and ensure its stewardship of the lands, waters and historic places entrusted to it,” Auditor Troy Kelley said in a press release.

    The auditor’s office criticized the handling of money generated by sales of the Discover Pass, which allows purchasers to access any state-managed park by paying an annual fee. This is the first audit since the Discover Pass was created.

    During fiscal 2013, State Parks had more than $34 million in revenues, of which $11.6 million was collected at the parks and $5.5 million from sales of the Discover Pass.

    The auditor’s office looked at financial procedures at a sample of seven state parks. It found that in relation to Discover Passes, State Parks does not have written procedures to ensure the proper tracking of passes printed or distributed; does not maintain a daily log stating the number of passes sold; and does not reconcile the number of passes sold to deposit slips to ensure that all revenues were deposited.

    The audit also found that in collecting cash, the agency had no controls to ensure all funds collected through secured boxes were deposited; had only one person collecting cash from boxes at park locations; and did not consistently make deposits in a timely manner.

    That raised the danger that revenue collected could be misappropriated and that theft would not be quickly identified, the audit said.

    State Parks concurred with the auditor’s finding, which both parties blamed in part on staff reductions in recent years. State Parks said it had requested funding for an internal auditor in its 2015 budget request, and had taken steps to ensure deposits were made within required time frames.

    State Parks has also started conducting reviews of financial activity in individual parks, and is assessing controls for cash receipts and sales of the Discover Pass.

    In another finding, the report said that, from July 2012 to July 2013, State Parks spent more than $1 million to purchase fuel, including $660,000 on individual fuel cards.

    But the agency has no written policies or procedures on the use of fuel cards; does not reconcile individual receipts kept by state park locations to the monthly fuel card statements; and does not compare vehicle usage and mileage logs to fuel card statements.

    The auditor’s office said the problems increase the risk that inappropriate use of fuel could occur and not be identified in a timely manner, making the commission vulnerable to misappropriation, misuse or loss.

    State Parks said it would accept the auditor’s recommendations to develop written policies on fuel card usage and reconcile monthly fuel card statements to individual receipts and mileage logs.

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    HOW MUCH INCOME FROM THE DISCOVERY PASS?

    The audit also found that in collecting cash, the agency had no controls to ensure all funds collected through secured boxes were deposited; had only one person collecting cash from boxes at park locations; and did not consistently make deposits in a timely manner.

    That raised the danger that revenue collected could be misappropriated and that theft would not be quickly identified, the audit said.

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    The auditors called  this “sloppy accounting”

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    DISCOVERY PASS INCOME?  

    State budget analyst and task force member Jim Cahill said THE DISCOVER PASS has helped, but hasn’t gotten them all the way there.

    “It has not fully replaced all of the funding that’s been lost during budget reductions in 2007-’09,” he said.

    The governor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Parks and Outdoor Recreation’s final report recommended three funding sources for parks including an excise tax on travel trailers and motor homes, diversion of money from a watercraft excise tax and a sales tax on bottled water.

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    Auditor: State Parks must correct sloppy accounting methods

    By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press Published: Oct 9, 2014 at 11:01 AM PDT

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission needs to do a better job of accounting for money spent on motor vehicle fuel and FOR ITS DISCOVER PASSES AND OTHER PARK REVENUES, THE WASHINGTON STATE AUDITOR’S OFFICE SAID THURSDAY.

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    The auditors called  this “sloppy accounting”

    Is “sloppy accounting” an oxymoron?

    An oxymoron is a figure of speech that combines two contradictory terms. ..

     


  • PART (12) WOW Deprived of Our Use

    PART (12) WOW  Deprived of Our Use

    What happens?  when over 300 million American Citizens are DEPRIVED of the full use and enjoyment of every WILD National Park public land?

    IS THERE A PROBLEM?

    WITH RESTRICTED PUBLIC ACCESS, TO OVER 300 MILLION AMERICAN CITIZENS?

    THOSE 300 MILLION AMERICAN CITIZENS THAT ARE BEING DEPRIVED OF THE FULL USE, ENJOYMENT AND BENEFIT OF 109,511,966 “WILD” AKA “DESIGNATED WILDERNESS” ACRES OF NATIONAL PARK PUBLIC LAND IN 44 STATES, IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA?

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    WHAT’S THE  PROBLEM?

    We the American People have been DEPRIVED OF OUR USE and USED BY THE U.S. CONGRESS.

    CONGRESS HAS ABUSED US, BY DENYING “WE THE PEOPLE” OUR HISTORICALLY DOCUMENTED RIGHT TO THE USE OF PUBLIC LAND.

    CONGRESS HAS EXPANDED, EXPENDED, USED OUR MONEY, SPENT THEIR TIME, ENERGY, EFFORT

    LAYING DOWN FEDERAL LAWS THAT CONFLICT WITH AMERICAN SOVEREIGNTY

    TO FINANCE, GRANT, PROMOTE AND TO FULFILL THE GLOBAL NGO’S, THE UN AGENDA 21 AND TO REWILD AMERICA.

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    Indeed, the American People have been TAKEN by CONGRESS.

    INITIALLY TAKING? AND CREATING 9.1 MILLION ACRES OF WILD LANDS

    CONGRESS  has habitually USED their power to “WILD AMERICA’S NATIONAL PUBLIC PARKS PUBLIC LAND”

    TO TAKE, EXPAND AND EXPEND, USING OUR TAX DOLLARS,

    TO RESTRICT THE USE, BENEFIT AND ENJOYMENT OF   ’WE THE PEOPLE”  IN  757 WILDERNESS AREAS OF NATIONAL PUBLIC PARK LAND.

    NOW  IN 2014,  THE WILDING OF AMERICA PUBLIC LAND NOW TOTALS 109,511,966 ACRES IN 44 STATES.

    ALL DESIGNATED AS “WILD”  WILDERNESS NATIONAL PUBLIC PARK LAND

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    PROBLEMS WITH WILDERNESS?

    “WE THE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN USED” AND OUR $$$  HAS BEEN USED UP BY CONGRESS

    TAXPAYERS money or an amount of money, time, energy, effort, or some other resource, often UNTIL NONE IS LEFT.

    CONTROLLED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

    ENFORCED BY THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

    GRANTED  WITH TAXPAYERS $$$

    NGO’S THAT manipulate (CONGRESS) or exploit somebody (CONGRESS) to exploit or manipulate somebody

    THE U.S. CONGRESS WAS USED as a means to an end.

    THE U.S. CONGRESS USED  OUR $$$ TO FINANCE, GRANT AND PROMOTE,  TO FULFILL THE UN AGENDA 21, THE GLOBAL NGO’S  AND THE REWILDING OF  AMERICA.

    AND, “WE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE” WERE USED

    AS THE DEEP POCKETS TO FINANCE ALL OF IT.

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    OVER TWO YEARS OLD… HOW WILD IS THAT?

    An observation on “WILD” from Pearl Rains Hewett

    May 17, 2012 Pienpolitics.com/?p=9958 Federal gov & land grabs

    WILD OLYMPICS over 300 million are deprived the full use and enjoyment of the public land

    EVERY AMERICAN CITIZEN ( over 300 million) IS DEPRIVED IN EVERY WILD NATIONAL PARK

    AND ON EVERY WILD AND SCENIC RIVER.

    WILD OLYMPICS vs  OVER 300 MILLION AMERICAN CITIZENS DEPRIVED

    OF THE FULL USE AND ENJOYMENT OF OVER ONE MILLION ACRES OF PUBLIC LAND

    IN JUST THE OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK

    POPULATION OF UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  Source: U.S. Census Bureau

    311,591,917 Three hundred eleven million, five hundred ninty one thousand, nine hundred and seventeen

    What was the intent of Congress with regard to the full use and enjoyment of the public land, in the creation of Olympic National Park,  by the American People that own that public land?

    Due process of law when just a single citizen is deprived?

    What happens when over 300 million American Citizens are deprived of the full use and enjoyment of every WILD National Park public land?

    Pearl Rains Hewett

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    What was the intent of Congress with regard to the full use and enjoyment of the public land, in the creation of all National Park,  Parks created by the American People, of the people and for the people, that own that public land?

    INITIALLY FOR THE USE? AND BENEFIT? OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

    USE by definition, employ something for purpose?

    TO THE BENEFIT OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE?

    BENEFIT by definition, SOMETHING THAT HAS A GOOD EFFECT OR PROMOTES WELL-BEING,  to give somebody or receive help, an advantage, or another benefit.  Put something into action or service for some purpose

     

     


  • Part 11 (WOW) Protest the ONP Celebration

    Part 11 (WOW) Protest the ONP Celebration

    WOW?  WHO WANTS TO PROTEST?

    THE WILDERNESS  ONP CELEBRATION?

    News Release  August 25, 2014 OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK TO CELEBRATE Fiftieth Anniversary of WILDERNESS ACT

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    WHY WOULD WE WANT TO PROTEST THIS?

    1944 “George, I should not tell you this, but THE LONG RANGE PLAN OF THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE IS TO TAKE THE WHOLE OLYMPIC PENINSULA OVER

     AND PUT IT IN THE OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK

     AND MOVE EVERYONE OFF THE OLYMPIC PENINSULA.”

     The  conversation that  the acting Olympic National Park Superintendent Preston Macy and had with my father George C. Rains Sr. in 1944.

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    PROTEST? OR CELEBRATE?  THE REAL 70 YEAR “LONG” RANGE WILDERNESS PLAN OF THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE 1944 TO AUGUST 25, 2014

    COME TO PROTEST THE REAL  NPS AND ONP  70 YEARS OF WILDERNESS TAKING ON THE OLYMPIC PENINSULA.

    BRING YOUR SIGNS.

    MAKE A LIST OF YOUR QUESTIONS.

    THIS IS  THE PERFECT  TIME TO COME AND PROTEST

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    WHO?  wants to celebrate the WILDERNESS? WILD OLYMPICS? and the WILD and scenic river ACT?

    INDEED, OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK TO CELEBRATE Fiftieth Anniversary of WILDERNESS ACT

    News Release  August 25, 2014

    FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5

    WILDERNESS SPEAKER PANEL

    7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

    PENINSULA COLLEGE LITTLE THEATER

    Reception to follow in the Pirate Union Building

    A DIVERSE PANEL?  OF WILDERNESS SPEAKERS WILL SHARE THEIR PERSPECTIVES ON THE MEANING? AND VALUE of the first fifty years of the Wilderness Act and reflect on its relevancy for the next fifty years.  EACH SPEAKER WILL ALSO SHARE HIS OR HER PERSONAL CONNECTIONS TO THE OLYMPIC WILDERNESS.

     Speakers include noted Sequim author and poet Tim McNulty, Shelley Spalding, Great Old Broads for Wilderness board member,  National Park Service Pacific West Region Cultural Resources Director David Louter and Olympic National Park Wilderness Ranger Erin Reading.  Janine Ledford, Director of the Makah Cultural and Research Center and Frances Charles, Chairwoman of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe have also been invited.

    Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum will moderate the panel discussion. AUDIENCE QUESTIONS WILL BE ENCOURAGED?

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     NOW THE TIME  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2014 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

    FOR US TO SPEAK OF A WAR ON WILD AND KEEP OUR RIGHTS.

    COME TO PROTEST THE NPS 70 YEARS OF WILDERNESS TAKING

    BRING YOUR SIGNS..MAKE A LIST OF YOUR QUESTIONS.

    ASK YOUR QUESTIONS,  SHARE YOUR PERSONAL CONNECTIONS TO THE OLYMPIC WILDERNESS.

    HOW HAS THE ONP WILDERNESS AFFECTED THE ECONOMY OF THE OLYMPIC PENINSULA?

    HOW MUCH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE TIMBERLAND  HAS BEEN TAKEN?

     1992 THRU 2014 “THIS CONSPIRACY WILL NEVER END UNLESS YOU PEOPLE, PROPERTY OWNERS AND TAX PAYERS START FIGHTING BACK TO STOP THE CONSPIRACY AND THE TAKING OF ALL OUR PROPERTY ON THE OLYMPIC PENINSULA”

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    COME ON NOW… WE CAN DO IT.

    NORTH OLYMPIC TIMBER ACTION COMMITTEE NOTAC

    WILD OLYMPIC SCAM

    WFPA MEMBERS  WORKING FORESTS FOR WORKING FAMILIES

    IT IS OUR TIME TO SPEAK AND PROTEST AND  KEEP

    We are American citizens, we are private property owners, we are the stewards of our pristine forest land, it is our heritage, it is who we are and what we do, it is our way of life, it is our source of employment and income, it provides our shelter, the roof over our heads, food on our tables and heat from our hearth, indeed it has been  the  lot of our lives for many generations of local  families.

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    LET’S STOP WHINING – STOP THE  DISMAY- AND ACT ON IT- PROTEST!

    PROTEST by definition, complain or object strongly, express strong disapproval of or disagreement with something, complain or OBJECT PUBLICLY express strong opposition to or disapproval of something in the form of a public demonstration or other action

    And, TO THE DISMAY OF THE PEOPLE OF THE OLYMPIC PENINSULA  the National Park Service HAS TAKEN A MASSIVE AMOUNT OF PUBLIC AND PRIVATE LAND AND TURNED IT INTO, WILDERNESS. And, THERE IS NO UP SIDE TO “WILD”.

     WE HAVE BEEN FILLED WITH ALARM, APPREHENSION AND DISTRESS FOR TOO MANY YEARS

    DISMAY by definition, to fill somebody with alarm, apprehension, or distress

    LET’S STOP WHINING – STOP THE  DISMAY- AND ACT ON IT- PROTEST!

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     IN 1992 MY DAD GEORGE C. RAINS SR. CALLED IT A CONSPIRACY

    “This conspiracy will never end unless you people, property owners and tax payers start fighting back to stop the conspiracy and the taking of all our property on the Olympic Peninsula”

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    OTHERS IDENTIFIED  IT

    THE WILD OLYMPICS SCAM

    www.wildolympicsscam.com/

    stop the wild olympics, agenda 21, land grabs; will devastate rural communities.

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    I CALLED IT A WAR

    THE WAR ON WILD  (10) WILD comments on my website.

    Part 1  (WOW) a War on Wild?

    Now is the time for many of us to speak of a War On Wild and keep our rights.

    Is it your time?

    We are American citizens, we are private property owners, we are the stewards of our pristine forest land, it is our heritage, it is who we are and what we do, it is our way of life, it is our source of employment and income, it provides our shelter, the roof over our heads, food on our tables and heat from our hearth, indeed it has been  the  lot of our lives for many generations of local  families.

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    THOSE WHO WANT TO PROTECT AND SUSTAIN CALLED IT

    WORKING FORESTS FOR WORKING FAMILIES

    www.wfpa.org/

    WFPA members are committed to advancing sustainable forestry in … acres, and 47% are working forests supporting jobs and families in rural communities.

    www.wfpa.org/news-and-resources/blog/

    4 days ago – One Voice For Working Forests …. there for decades, with different generations of the same families taking jobs at the local mill. ..

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    OTHERS TOOK ACTION

    NORTH OLYMPIC TIMBER ACTION COMMITTEE

    www.notac.org/north_olympic_peninsula_maps.html

    Media · WILD OLYMPICS · HISTORY · NOTAC Proposal · Original … The Olympic National Forest … notac © 2012 North Olympic Timber Action Committee. All Rights

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    THE ONP IS CELEBRATING THIS?

    1944 “THE LONG RANGE PLAN OF THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE IS TO TAKE THE WHOLE OLYMPIC PENINSULA OVER  AND PUT IT IN THE OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK  AND MOVE EVERYONE OFF THE OLYMPIC PENINSULA.”

     The proof of this LONG RANGE PLAN, conspiracy has and is being proven in the step by step acquisition of private and DNR land by the National Park Service, as this is being written and during the last 21 years from 1992 to 2013.

    The nine page summary includes some of the 48 year history of Clallam County from 1944 to 1992 and is his proof of the conspiracy.

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     THE ONP IS  “NOT”  CELEBRATING THIS?

    “CONSPIRACY EXPOSED”
    The notarized document “Conspiracy Exposed” was written on Oct. 8, 1992 by George C. Rains Sr. when he was 77 years old.

    The referenced “Conspiracy” was exposed in a conversation at Sol Duc Hot Springs between the acting Olympic National Park Superintendent Preston Macy and my father George C. Rains Sr. in 1944.

    “George, I should not tell you this, but the long range plan of the National Park Service is to take the whole Olympic Peninsula over and put it in the Olympic National Park and move everyone off the Olympic Peninsula.”

    The proof of this conspiracy has and is being proven in the step by step acquisition of private and DNR land by the National Park Service, as this is being written and during the last 21 years from 1992 to 2013.

    The nine page summary includes some of the 48 year history of Clallam County from 1944 to 1992 and is his proof of the conspiracy.

    It’s a good read from a historical standpoint and a cautionary statement to the citizens of Clallam County. Could this happen to Clallam Country by imminent domain, isolation, regulation, restriction and/or economic starvation?

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    Added Aug. 26, 2014

    Could this happen to the entire Olympic Peninsula by imminent domain, isolation, regulation, restriction and/or economic starvation?

    Pearl Rains Hewett

     THE ONP IS CELEBRATING THIS?

    AS done, proposed or referenced in 1992 document

    FACTS ARE TROUBLESOME THINGS.

    Taking of private property and property rights

    Removal of Lake Mills Dam loss of flood control and electricity

    Removal of Glines Canyon Dam

    Eminent domain of Lake Crescent private property

    Taking of corridors on rivers and streams (200 foot?)

    Destroying the Olympic Hot Springs

    Elwha River Private recreational park destroyed

    The acquisition of Sol Duc Hot Springs
    Excessive fees and taxes
    Four Seasons
    Pacific Ocean Coast
    Lake Ozette
    Quinault River
    Lake Quinault
    Lake Mills property loss of fishing

    North West Marine Sanctuary
    56 miles of tidelands

    Million dollar sewer treatment plant
    Clallam County Roads around Lake Crescent
    Why the Lake Crescent property taken from Jack Olsen became the summer
    home of Chief Justice Douglas of the US Supreme Court?

    Lake Crescent purchase of 79.81 acres of land for $410,000.00
    Control of wetlands
    If you have read this far, and are interested in downloading the actual scanned document, please click here.
    ***

    I, GEORGE C. RAINS, SR., HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGE AND ATTEST THAT

    THE ABOVE STATEMENTS ARE TRUE.

    STATE OF WASHINGTON  (County of Clallam )

    1992, before me appeared who signed the above of his own free will.

    Notary Public in and for the State of Washington; residing at Port Angeles

    More Public Information

    Originally on the Olympic Peninsula in the state of Washington was an area known

    as the Olympic National Monument containing some “500,000″ acres in the high country of the Olympic Peninsula.

    Around 1938 this monument was taken over by the National Park Service, creating

    the Olympic National Park.

    THE ONP IS CELEBRATING THIS?

    In the conspiracy since that time to take the whole Olympic Peninsula away from

    our people, the Olympic National Park has doubled in size to over one million acres or

    more. This conspiracy will never end unless you people, property owners and tax payers start fighting back to stop the conspiracy and the taking of all our property on the Olympic Peninsula.

    We have a bloated bureaucracy providing nothing, living off of our tax dollars and

    still continue to take away our property from us, with our own tax dollars.

    In furtherance of the National Park Service conspiracy to take over the entire

    Olympic Peninsula and make it one large park, I offer the following evidence as to what has already been done to expose that conspiracy.

    THE ONP IS CELEBRATING THIS?

    A complete land corridor taken over by the National Park Service bordering the

    Pacific Ocean from the south boundary of the Makah Indian Reservation south to the north boundary of the Quinault Indian Reservation. The purpose to completely take over this valuable ocean frontage to block out resort development, industry and private home frontage on the Pacific Ocean.

    Also to completely circle Lake Ozette with a land corridor on the Olympic

    THE ONP IS CELEBRATING THIS?

    Peninsula, thus preventing any resort development, industry or home sites by the public. In furtherance of their conspiracy of the National Park Service was the taking of a very wide corridor on each side of Quinault River from the park boundary in a southwesterly direction to the Quinault Indian Reservation.

    THE ONP IS CELEBRATING THIS?

    In furtherance of the National Park Service conspiracy is the taking of a very large

    area bordering Lake Quinault on the north side of that lake.

    Attempts are being made to grab land corridors on each side of the major rivers

    on the Olympic Peninsula. If they succeed here attempts will be made to grab land corridors on smaller streams on the Olympic Peninsula.

    THE ONP IS CELEBRATING THIS?

     

    A LAND GRAB of all the property around Mills Lake in Clallam County is part of the

    conspiracy plan.

    Page 2

    A GRAB OF PROPERTY around Lake Crescent is also part of that conspiracy.

    THE ONP IS CELEBRATING THIS?

    Seven Wilderness areas set aside on the Olympic Peninsula, six of which adjoin

    the Olympic National Park.

    WHY ARE THESE VAST AREAS NOT SET ASIDE AS SPOTTED OWL HABITAT?

    Wilderness areas listed below are:

    1. Buckhorn Wilderness Area #1

    2. Buckhorn Wilderness Area #2

    3. The Brothers Wilderness Area #3

    4. Mt. Skohomish Wilderness Area #4

    5. Wonder Mountain Wilderness #5

    6. Colonel Bob Wilderness Area #6

    7. Colonel Bob Wilderness Area #7

    THE ONP IS CELEBRATING THIS?

    Most people have no knowledge of these vast encroachments to take our property and property rights on the Olympic Peninsula, and it is time that the truth be known. P.S. Land and Power Grab

    George C. Rains

    THE ONP IS CELEBRATING THIS?

    Are the removal of the Lake Mills Dam and Aldwell Lake Dam part of the National

    Park Service conspiracy to later demand a wide corridor down each side of the Elwha River to the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and ultimately split Clallam County?

    THE ONP IS CELEBRATING THIS?

    Is the proposed Northwest Strait’s National Marine Sanctuary part of a master

    subversive plan by the Federal Government to encircle and isolate our Olympic

    Peninsula? Further domination and control seems to be their objective.

    Does it fit into the conspiracy to take the whole Olympic Peninsula over and make it one big national park.

    THE ONP IS CELEBRATING THIS?

    THE MOST RECENT LAND GRAB BY OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND THE NATIONAL PARK

    Service was the Fisher Property, east of Lake Crescent and bordering the Olympic

    National Park. Now this land will be added to the Olympic National Park.

    The purchase price of the 19.81 acres more or less was $4 10,000.

    A Question from 1992 How can a Federal Government of ours pay money for things like this when our government is many trillions of dollars in debt?

    George C. Rains

     

    Jack Del Guzzi, Joseph H. Lewis and I developed one of the finest recreational

    campground facilities the Elwha River area has ever known. We subdivided and developed it into campsites with underground electric power, water systems and good roads, and restroom facilities. In the course of our development I noticed a small breach through a narrow strip of land on the south end of the big island which is owned by the Park. I COULD FORESEE A LOT OF DAMAGE IF SOMETHING WAS NOT DONE TO PROTECT OUR PROPERTY BELOW and the Olympic Hot Springs road. I contacted Del Hur Industries to get an estimate on what it would cost to plug the breach and put a small rock dike to prevent further damage to our property and the road. After getting an estimate I contacted some Park people, and they would do nothing to help remedy the situation. I also offered to provide free of cost all the rip rap from our rock quarry on Little River.

    THE PROBLEM WAS IGNORED. Finally some time later the river came up high enlarging

    THE ONP IS CELEBRATING THIS?

    the breach, washing out a section of the Olympic Hot Springs road, and cut a channel through our development and took out our bridge.

    The Hot Springs road had to be rebuilt by moving it to higher ground up the hillside.

    At a later date when I was in the area after the road was rebuilt, I noticed men working with a drilling outfit on the east side of the new road.· Federal highway crews were doing the work and testing the fault area above the Hot Springs road. They informed me that if the rock dike was not built to keep the river in its original channel, more of that area east of the road would slip into the river. They informed me that the whole hillside for a great distance up the hill was nothing but fault ready to sink into the river if the problem was not corrected. To this day they have done nothing to remedy the threat and a good portion of

    our property was destroyed through their sheer negligence.

    THE ONP IS CELEBRATING THIS

    The National Park Service has no respect for private property ownership and rights.

    THE ONP IS CELEBRATING THIS?

    The Olympic Hot Springs was one of the first recreational facilities on the Olympic

    Peninsula. Originally built and maintained a long time ago by the Everett and Harry

    Schoefell family. Harry Schoefell was a very fine host. He liked people and people liked

    him. His resort business was very successful for many years. Long leases and plans could be made to maintain and improve his business.

    When the Olympic National Park put the squeeze on Harry Schoefell by giving a

    lease for only one year at a time. This put the squeeze on improvement programs and you had nothing certain to make improved facilities and maintenance work for in the future. I was told by Harry Schoefell that all he received in the end when the Olympic

    National Park took over his lease was $10,000.00 for all those years of work and for facilities

    left there.

    George C. Rains, Sr.

    October 8, 1992

    AND? THE ONP IS CELEBRATING ALL OF THIS?

     


  • (3) WA Parks -The We’s Who Want?

    (3) WA Parks -The We’s Who Want?

    WA STATE PARK APPROPRIATIONS

    Governor Inslee WANTS the blue ribbon task force on parks and outdoor recreation,

    that he appointed, to  FOCUS ON RECREATION AND TOURISM.

    I did attend the Aug. 19, 2014  committee meeting in Sequim, and I sat SILENTLY through the meeting from 1 P.M. TO 3 P.M. … TO 8 P.M.

    I was allowed, EXACTLY TWO MINUTES, to make my public comment at 7:50 P.M.

    I listened to what your 28 Appointed Committee member’s “WANT” for about seven hours.

    Rep. Tharinger  mentioned, that what you “WANT” to provide funding for recreation/tourism, and what you may actually get, could be significantly different.

    I do investigative, documented reporting on my website behindmyback.org.

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    Below you will find  an exchange of emails

    Sent: Sunday, April 21, 2013 10:43 AM

    —– Original Message —–
    From: Farber, Daniel (PARKS)
    To: pearl hewett ; Van De Wege, Rep. Kevin ; Tharinger, Steve ; Hargrove,Jim etc.

    Sent: Sunday, April 21, 2013 10:43 AM

    Subject: RE: WHO IS THE “WE” WHO WANTS? STATE PARKS APPROPRIATIONS

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    Continue reading, for the full text of my questions, comments and the exchanged emails

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    Posted April 21, 2013 Pearl Rains Hewett

    WA STATE PARK APPROPRIATIONS

    PUBLIC ACCESS AND APPROPRIATIONS FOR WA STATE PARKS

    Perhaps YOUR last public hearing opportunity on the topic of our request legislation and the Discover Pass is set for Monday, April 22, 2013 at 9 am before the House $$$$$ Appropriations Committee.

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    To: Daniel Farber, Director
    Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs
    Washington State Parks

    Daniel,

    I am a WA State Park VESTED Stakeholders
    This my comment on YOUR Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs Washington State Parks and YOUR requested $$$$ legislation.
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    Washington Wildlife Recreation Program (WWRP)
    The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program provides funding for a broad range of land protection and outdoor recreation, including park acquisition and development, habitat conservation, farmland preservation, and construction of outdoor recreation facilities.
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    MY COMMENT
    I find the title and description of the , WWRP program DISTURBING? It this WA park broad range of land protection, acquisition, development habitat, conservation program designed to provide outdoor recreation facilities for WILDLIFE?
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    Capital Budget (Doesn’t include a possible $5 – $10 million infusion for removal of fish passage blocking culverts)

    Governor Inlsee – $46.6 million (plus $8.3 million in WWRP Grants)
    House – $56.9 million (plus $7.9 million in WWRP Grants)
    Senate – $50.7 million (plus $3.3 million in WWRP Grants)
    Commission October Request – $67.8 million (plus $11.5 million in WWRP Grants)
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    Per Rep. VanDeWege, $20 MILLION SPENT for removal of fish passage blocking culverts this year.
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    MY COMMENT
    Last summer families in Port Angeles were putting up tents and camping in their back yards.

    The abysmal failure of the WA State Discover Pass? The cost, Families simply can’t afford to use WA State Parks.

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    *From: an online email comment that was forwarded to me (name removed)

    *Also if there is going to be a gas tax increase, NOVA needs its appropriate share.

    MY COMMENT
    Do you really think raising the gas tax and grabbing a piece of the pie, is the solution to increasing park attendance, for the jobless, working poor, economically starved people in Clallam County?

    MY COMMENT is the solution to providing free Public Viewing of WA State Parks just as a NOVA image on Television?
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    THIS IS WHAT WA State Park VESTED Stakeholders ARE UP AGAINST
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    *From: online email comment that was forwarded to me (name removed)

    *Sent: Friday, April 19, 2013 11:58 PM
    To: ‘bchw-public-lands-committee’ ; BCHWLegis@groupspaces.com
    Subject: FW: State Parks Legislative Report – April 19, 2013

    Bills regarding State Parks funding are coming fast and either moving or dying. The session is winding down. I am okay with SB5897 and SHB1935 (scheduled for public hearing on Monday).

    It is hard to state support for SHB1935 since it may be an entirely different bill when it is heard on Monday.

    This is the problem with these bills. They are amended on the spot in Committee with no prior review by the public so you may say you like a bill on minute but it is an entirely different bill the next.

    We still want $27million for State Parks from the General Fund, at least $60 million for WWRP (and no games with cherry picking projects), and no sweeps of NOVA. Also if there is going to be a gas tax increase, NOVA needs its appropriate share.

    Well one bill we supported passed both houses. Increasing the size of the Horse Park Authority. At least it is something!!
    *online email comment name removed
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    *Context : Politics Definition of CHERRY PICKING Added 4/21/13
    Exercising favoritism to benefit yourself or your argument.
    Context : Politics, Social Life
    Category: Metaphor
    Semantic: bias, slant
    Usage of “cherry pick”
    This is not fair. You have cherry picked your winners before the competition started.
    Both the political Left and Right cherry pick data to prove their points. Both sides are showing heavy bias.
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    From: Farber, Daniel (PARKS) [mailto:Daniel.Farber@PARKS.WA.GOV]
    Sent: Friday, April 19, 2013 10:50 AM
    To: Farber, Daniel (PARKS)
    Subject: State Parks Legislative Report – April 19, 2013

    Dear Park Stakeholders,

    For your information, below is the latest report to park staff of issues affecting State Parks in the legislature.

    Daniel
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    From: Farber, Daniel (PARKS)
    Sent: Friday, April 19, 2013 10:45 AM
    To: Parks DL All Employees
    Subject: Legislative Report – April 19, 2013

    Dear Colleagues,

    I want to provide you a brief update on legislative doings since last week’s report.

    A. The Discover Pass and Agency Request Legislation:

    There is no change on the status of SB5897, which combines four major state parks related elements:

    1.The core of our agency request legislation (SB5653) which works to expand partnerships, expand the role of the Park Foundation, and link us more soundly to cultural celebrations, ethnic heritage and the arts.
    2.Discover Pass reforms (SB5289) that formalize existing practice of not requiring/enforcing the Pass when accessing through DNR and WDFW lands. There is no such change on State Parks lands. The bill also allows for wholesaling of the pass, if all three agencies agree.
    3.Establishing a set of performance measurements for state parks, and a reporting function to the legislature.
    4. Provides $5 million per year funding from the litter tax for 4 years to state parks.

    The bill passed the Senate Ways and Means Committee and now sits in the Rules Committee.

    Perhaps the last public hearing opportunity on the topic of our request legislation and the Discover Pass is set for Monday, April 22 at 9 am before the House Appropriations Committee. SHB1935 is set as the first bill up for a public hearing in the House Hearing Room A. At this time we do not know or any amendatory language for that bill. But here is the most reasonable expectation:

    1 It will be similar to SB5897, however it is unlikely to include the litter tax provision.
    2.It may include some provision related to legislative oversight of the potential State Parks-Public Development Authority Co-Management at Fort Worden.
    B.Boating Safety

    SSB 5437 passed the Senate and the House, but in slightly different forms. It is now on the concurrence calendar in the Senate. The bill provides some law enforcement teeth when it comes to operating a boat while under the influence of intoxicating alcohol.

    C. Snowmobile Funding HB2002 has passed the House and now sits in Senate Ways and Means. It would increase fees for snowmobile registration and allow our Commission to set other fees; enabling funding and services to improve to historic levels.

    D. Horse Park Authority A bill to expand the Authority from 7 to 11 members passed both chambers and is scheduled to be signed by the Governor on Monday. Our Commission appoints members to the Authority Board, but has little other relationship to the organization.

    E. Budgets There are no differences to report from last week. The latest versions of the budget proposals are:

    Operating Budget (General Fund or Other Tax Supported Funding)
    Governor Inlsee – $23.7 million
    House – $23.7 million
    Senate – $16.4 million
    Commission October Request – $27.2 million

    Capital Budget (Doesn’t include a possible $5 – $10 million infusion for removal of fish passage blocking culverts)
    Governor Inlsee – $46.6 million (plus $8.3 million in WWRP Grants)
    House – $56.9 million (plus $7.9 million in WWRP Grants)
    Senate – $50.7 million (plus $3.3 million in WWRP Grants)
    Commission October Request – $67.8 million (plus $11.5 million in WWRP Grants)

    I hope you find this report helpful. Please let me know if you have questions or comments.

    Take care,

    Daniel

    Daniel Farber, Director
    Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs
    Washington State Parks
    P.O. Box 42650
    Olympia, Washington 98504-2650
    Tel: (360) 902-8504
    Mobile: (360) 701-5326
    FAX: (360) 586-6580
    E-mail: daniel.farber@parks.wa.gov

    This email and any responses may be subject to state public disclosure laws.
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    MY COMMENT
    Clallam County Salt Creek Recreation area is a popular FREE ON DEMAND summer refuge for poor working  families.
    Give the WA State parks back to the counties and provide employment for the local people.

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    It would increase fees for snowmobile registration and
    allow our Commission TO SET OTHER FEES

    This entry was posted in Diverting Our Tax Dollars, Public Access to Public Land, WA State Parks,

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    WA State Park Question?

    Posted on April 21, 2013

    Who is this “WE” who still wants? STATE PARKS APPROPRIATIONS?

    Indeed, I asked a simple question?

    just to be clear, the question remains unanswered?

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    RESPONSE
    —– Original Message —–
    From: Farber, Daniel (PARKS)
    To: pearl hewett ; Van De Wege, Rep. Kevin ; Tharinger, Steve ; Hargrove,Jim etc.

    Sent: Sunday, April 21, 2013 10:43 AM

    Subject: RE: WHO IS THE “WE” WHO WANTS? STATE PARKS APPROPRIATIONS

    All,

    My name below is listed from an email headline that I wrote to State Parks staff. But just to be clear, I wrote none of the content of the below email. State Parks is not the “we” referenced by Ms. Hewett.

    Daniel

    Daniel Farber, Director
    Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs
    Washington State Parks
    P.O. Box 42650
    Olympia, Washington 98504-2650
    Tel: (360) 902-8504
    Mobile: (360) 701-5326
    FAX: (360) 586-6580
    E-mail: daniel.farber@parks.wa.gov
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    FULL email TEXT INCLUDING QUESTION
    Perhaps YOUR last public hearing opportunity on the topic of our request legislation and the Discover Pass is set for Monday, April 22 at 9 am before the House $$$$$ Appropriations Committee.
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    BELOW, Who is this “WE” who still wants? It is not “WE THE PEOPLE”

    “We” still want $27 million for State Parks from the General Fund, at least $60 million for WWRP (and no games with cherry picking projects), and no sweeps of NOVA. Also if there is going to be a gas tax increase, NOVA needs its appropriate share.

    The same “WE” who wrote
    This is the problem with these bills. They are amended on the spot in Committee with no prior review by the public so you may say you like a bill on minute but it is an entirely different bill the next.

    Set for Monday, April 22, 2013 at 9 am before the House $$$$$ Appropriations Committee.
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    From: Farber, Daniel (PARKS)
    Sent: Friday, April 19, 2013 10:45 AM
    To: Parks DL All Employees
    Subject: Legislative Report – April 19, 2013
    Dear Colleagues,

    From: name removed email from the ”WE” who wants.

    Sent: Friday, April 19, 2013 11:58 PM
    To: ‘bchw-public-lands-committee’ ; BCHWLegis@groupspaces.com
    Subject: FW: State Parks Legislative Report – April 19, 2013

    Bills regarding State Parks funding are coming fast and either moving or dying. The session is winding down. I am okay with SB5897 and SHB1935 (scheduled for public hearing on Monday). It is hard to state support for SHB1935 since it may be an entirely different bill when it is heard on Monday. This is the problem with these bills. They are amended on the spot in Committee with no prior review by the public so you may say you like a bill on minute but it is an entirely different bill the next.

    We still want $27million for State Parks from the General Fund, at least $60 million for WWRP (and no games with cherry picking projects), and no sweeps of NOVA. Also if there is going to be a gas tax increase, NOVA needs its appropriate share.

    Well one bill we supported passed both houses. Increasing the size of the Horse Park Authority. At least it is something!!

    name removed email from the ”WE” who wants.
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    FOR CLARIFICATION
    Context : Politics Definition of CHERRY PICKING Added 4/21/13
    Exercising favoritism to benefit yourself or your argument.
    Context : Politics, Social Life
    Category: Metaphor
    Semantic: bias, slant
    Usage of “cherry pick”
    This is not fair. You have cherry picked your winners before the competition started.
    Both the political Left and Right cherry pick data to prove their points. Both sides are showing heavy bias
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    This entry was posted in Reasonable Man understanding, Public Access to Public Land, WA State Parks

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    If you bothered to read this far, I have a few closing comments.

    I listened to you, you gave me TWO MINUTES.

    Round and round and round the table, I listened to you , most members? FOCUSED on what they “WANT “. And, what you wanted was MORE TAXPAYER MONEY! for what YOU “WANT”.

    It took a comment from a WA Parks, Whidbey Islander before the word “AFFORDABLE”  RECREATION was mentioned.

    A question to the WA Parks Fort Wardener, how much does it cost? total?

    The answer? We don’t keep track of it?

    FOLLOW THE MONEY?  We don’t keep track of it?

    Rep. Tharanger’s response… basically was, some from here, some from a grant there, more here, more from matching funds there.

    Rep. Tharanger’s response and I quote “Part of the Game”.

    Really? Following Taxpayer money? keeping track of the total amounts? grants? matching funds?

    THE TAXPAYER’S $$$$ MONEY’S IS ALL GONE FOR WA STATE PARKS? RECREATION? TOURISM? AND THE MILLIONS OF $$$ FOR THE BACKLOG OF MAINTAINACE? AND REPAIRS?

    “Part of the Game?” As a vested WA State taxpayer, perhaps someone in Olympia, could forward a copy of the WA State legislated rules for this WA Parks taxpayer money Game?

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    Please visit my website for the

    The “RESTORATION” Shell Game

    A highly convoluted “GAME OF RESTORATION” that  is involving the sleight of many, many hands, in which hundreds of  inverted Federal agencies, WA State agencies, WAC’S and /or other NGO, NUTSHELLS are moved about, and hard working taxpayers must attempt to spot which is the one, of many thousands, with  NGO’S or other government agencies are underneath the “RESTORATION” plan.

    WOW!  HOW MANY NUTS CAN YOU GET UNDER ONE RESTORATION SHELL?

    “WE’RE RESPONSIBLE FOR BRINGING THE MORE THAN 600 PARTNERS TOGETHER, designing a unified plan, and making sure money is being spent efficiently, and our region is making progress,” SAYS GERRY O’KEEFE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE PUGET SOUND PARTNERSHIP.

    To be continues….

     

     

     


  • SMP Update-Six Years of Frustration

    SMP UPDATE – SIX YEARS OF FRUSTRATION

    I submit this as a Clallam County SMP Update Public Comment

    August 18, 2014

    Pearl Rains Hewett

    Member of the Clallam County SMP Update Committee

     

    Jul 20, 2013 THE BELLEVUE PLANNING COMMISSION HAS BEEN WORKING ON SHORELINE ISSUES FOR MORE THAN FIVE YEARS.

    FROM Aug 23, 2008  TO Aug. 2014 – SIX YEARS

    This is a applicable, cautionary, documented historical  summary and it is,  my PUBLIC Clallam County SMP COMMENT on the pitfalls and frustration that ONE WA State  city council  and PLANNING COMMISSION has been experiencing for OVER 6 YEARS in attempting to update their DOE SHORELINE MANAGEMENT PLAN.

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    THE BOTTOM LINE AFTER SIX YEARS OF SMP UPDATE FRUSTRATION

    WHETHER ALL OF THE EFFORT BEING PUT INTO THE PLAN WILL SATISFY HOW THE DOE DEFINES “NO NET LOSS” MAY ONLY BE KNOWN ONCE THE SHORELINE MASTER PLAN IS SUBMITTED.

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    documented history

    ECOLOGY CONDUCTED AN INFORMAL REVIEW AND SENT A LETTER TO THE CITY CONTAINING COMMENTS ON THE COMMISSION’S RECOMMENDATIONS.

    Jul 20, 2013 THE BELLEVUE PLANNING COMMISSION HAS BEEN WORKING ON SHORELINE ISSUES FOR MORE THAN FIVE YEARS.

    Jul 16, 2014 BELLEVUE Shoreline plan set for August 2014  public hearing

    The purpose of the August 4, 2014 PUBLIC

    HEARING is to provide an opportunity to make written and oral comments regarding Council-requested variations that are being considered to the Planning Commission’s draft Shoreline Master Program.

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    Please continue reading for the documented history

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    THE BOTTOM LINE AFTER SIX YEARS OF SMP UPDATE FRUSTRATION

    WHETHER ALL OF THE EFFORT BEING PUT INTO THE PLAN WILL SATISFY HOW THE DOE DEFINES “NO NET LOSS” MAY ONLY BE KNOWN ONCE THE SHORELINE MASTER PLAN IS SUBMITTED.

    According to Richard Settle, an attorney specializing in environmental and land use law with foster pepper PLLC, “NO NET LOSS” IS A NEW AND AMBIGUOUS CONCEPT FOR WASHINGTON.

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    WHO IS ATTORNEY RICHARD SETTLE ? (I have added this information)

    - See more at: http://www.foster.com/profile.aspx?id=97#sthash.Vh8jPovg.dpuf

    Richard L. Settle

    According to Richard Settle, an attorney specializing in environmental and land use law with foster pepper PLLC, “NO NET LOSS” IS A NEW AND AMBIGUOUS CONCEPT FOR WASHINGTON.

    While the DOE requires NO NET LOSS of existing ecological functions, Settle said that implies a tradeoff of development and restoration. He said there’s also an assumption that restoration doesn’t have to be immediate, and could take as long as 20 years depending on the development.

    He added there’s also confusion as to how far back in time restoration is supposed to match up with shoreline conditions.

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    Dick has more than 40 years of experience assisting clients with matters related to land use, the environment, and municipal law. His experience includes the representation of landowners, developers, municipalities, and citizen groups in virtually all areas of state and local land use regulation before state and local agencies and trial and appellate courts.

    Dick was also recently singled out by the highly-regarded Chambers USA legal directory, which annually interviews firm clients. In addition to a top-ranking of Foster Pepper’s Land Use group, Chambers described Dick as “the leading scholar in land use” and noted for his “vast experience in land use laws and regulations.”

    - See more at: http://www.foster.com/profile.aspx?id=97#sthash.Vh8jPovg.dpuf

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    The purpose of the August 4, 2014 PUBLIC

    HEARING is to provide an opportunity to make written and oral comments regarding Council-requested variations that are being considered to the Planning Commission’s draft Shoreline Master Program.

     

    The Planning Commission SMP Update recommendation was the subject of

    a prior public hearing that was held on May 5, 2014.

     

    During the July 14, 2014  Study Session, staff presented additional information requested by the Council during the course of its in-depth review. This additional information was Council to identify variations to the  Planning Commission Recommendation that they wished to be considered during the second Public Hearing, and prior to development of the Final SMP Update package for submittal to the Department of Ecology. Variations requested by the Council for consideration by the public are described below.

     

    1.Public Access

    The Council-requested variation to the Planning Commission

    recommendation would require public access (either physical or visual) to be provided as a component of new or expanded private recreation uses (such as yacht clubs, marinas and community clubs). This variation would build on the Planning Commission recommended requirement to provide public access to public uses (including parks, and transportation and utility infrastructure). A description of the Public Access variation under consideration by the City Council is included in

     

    Attachment A.

    2.Park Development.

    The Council- requested variation to the Planning Commission

    recommendation would permit all beach parks to be developed through an administrative permit approval process when a Master Plan had been previously adopted by the City Council.

    Under this variation, Meydenbauer Bay Park would be

    permitted in the same manner as other parks with Master Plans. A

    description of the Park Development variation under consideration by the City Council is presented in

     

    Attachment B.

    3.

    Determination of Ordinary High Water Mark.

    The Council-requested variation to the Planning Commission recommendation would allow for the measurement of setbacks from a fixed elevation as a default, with the ability for applicants to obtain a site-specific determination if desired.

    The fixed elevation would be

    3 based on a lake study such as the one conducted for Lake Sammamish in 2004. This variation would also include  clarification that the fixed elevations would not be used for the purpose of establishing shoreline jurisdiction or determining the

    location of ordinary high water mark (OHWM) for the purpose of properly locating a new dock or bulkhead. A description of the variation under consideration by the City Council for Determination of OHWM is presented in.

     

    Attachment C.

    4.Setbacksand Vegetation Conservation. The Council-requested variation to the Planning Commission setback

    recommendation would include a 50-foot  structure setback with the flexibility to reduce the setback and move toward the water through a series of menu options(or incentives). Existing structures on the site receive the benefit of a footprint exception to legally retain setbacks established by existing residential structures. A string test, allowing for setbacks to be reduced based on the location of structures on abutting properties, would also be included. Mitigation for potential loss of vegetation and vegetation retention would also be required. A description of the Setback and Vegetation Conservation variation under consideration by the City Council is presented in Attachment D.

     

    5.Residential Moorage.

    The Council-requested variation to the Planning Commission residential moorage recommendation would increase the allowed moorage walkway width from four feet to five feet in the first 30 feet waterward of OHWM. Variations to the balance of the Planning Commission recommendation on this topic were not considered.

     

    City Council

    The City Council has held study sessions to consider the Planning Commission’s draft Shoreline Master Program. Refer to the links below for council agenda materials and minutes on the topic.

    Planning Commission

    Residents and other stakeholders had multiple opportunities to provide feedback on the shoreline management update through Bellevue’s Planning Commission, residents who served as an advisory panel for the City Council.  The Planning Commission reviewed work products, provided input and guidance related to the development of goals, policies and regulations, and served as a preliminary approval board. Agendas for Planning Commission meetings in which the shoreline management update was addressed are available below.

    Response to Questions by the Washington Sensible Shoreline Alliance

    Responses to questions & requests collected between May & December of 2009

     

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    In 2003 the state revised its shoreline management guidelines to emphasize ecologically appropriate development and to reinforce the other goals of the act.

    by 2010. As a consequence, Bellevue has to update its shoreline regulations by 2010.

    Bellevue has been Updating their  SMP plan since 2008

    Aug 23, 2008  Boat tour to focus on shoreline issues The boat will sail promptly from Newport Shores Yacht Club (81 Skagit Key) at 1 p.m. on

    Saturday, Sept. 20, 2008,  with boarding beginning at 12:30. Members of the Bellevue City Council, city boards and commissions and staff from permitting agencies and local Indian tribes are also expected to attend.

    The three-hour tour is open to the public, but space is limited. (To inquire about the tour or to RSVP, please call 425-452-4392 or e-mail sltaylor@bellevuewa.gov.)

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    Jul 20, 2013  

    BELLEVUE SHORELINE PLAN ADVANCES

    Jul 20, 2013  The Bellevue City Council agreed on a two-prong strategy for updating the city’s Shoreline Master Program, and, ultimately, forwarding the plan to the state Department of Ecology for final review and approval.

    The shoreline plan is required by state law and provides a regulatory framework for managing shorelines in Washington. Local plans must be consistent with Ecology guidelines.

    THE BELLEVUE PLANNING COMMISSION HAS BEEN WORKING ON SHORELINE ISSUES FOR MORE THAN FIVE YEARS.

    In May, the commission recommended that the council consider several components of the plan update that had been completed and posted online for review.

    ECOLOGY CONDUCTED AN INFORMAL REVIEW AND SENT A LETTER TO THE CITY CONTAINING COMMENTS ON THE COMMISSION’S RECOMMENDATIONS.

    On Monday, the council directed city staff to work with Ecology on the content of the commission’s recommendations and possibly narrow the range of issues that need to be resolved. COUNCIL MEMBERS ALSO DIRECTED STAFF TO BEGIN WORK TO FINALIZE THE REMAINING ELEMENTS OF THE SHORELINE PLAN UPDATE PRIOR TO FORMALLY SUBMITTING IT TO ECOLOGY. The council plans to review and discuss the plan update during a study session later this year.

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    Mar 13, 2014

    COUNCIL TO DIGEST SHORELINE PLAN

    Mar 13, 2014 Bellevue city council members emphasized the importance of a strong public process Monday

    as they move through a series of presentations on the planning commission’s update to shoreline management regulations over the next four months.

    WITH THE PLANNING COMMISSION UNANIMOUSLY SUPPORTING ITS UPDATED REGULATIONS AND RESTORATION PLAN,

    The council now will be briefed on the contents of the SMP over the next four months,

    with a review of recommended policies for shoreline overlay set for April 14, 2014

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    Apr 30, 2014

    Council has more questions about shoreline plan

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    Apr 30, 2014 Bellevue council members had more questions than answers by the end of Monday’s third round of informational sessions provided by staff about the progress of creating a shoreline master plan the city hopes will pass state muster.

    The City Council was updated Monday on the cumulative impact analysis and HOW BELLEVUE’S PLAN WILL ATTEMPT TO SATISFY A REQUIREMENT THAT NO NET LOSS OF ECOLOGICAL FUNCTIONS occur during future development and redevelopment along the city’s jurisdictional shorelines. THIS CAME AHEAD OF A MAY 5 PUBLIC HEARING for the city’s shoreline master plan, which will eventually go to the Washington Department of Ecology for final approval.

    Sarah Sandstrom, fisheries biologist for the Watershed Company, told council members “NO NET LOSS” goes further than just ecological functions of a shoreline, and includes also preserving shoreline views for residents and assessing the amount of reasonable development that could occur in the next 20 years along Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish.

    With a majority of Bellevue’s shorelines already developed, Sandstrom said residential redevelopment will likely be the most common occurrence and some new single-family development.

    The plan involves taking a qualitative look at the issue of NET LOSS, she said, as it’s hard to quantify restoration when a dock, for example, requires a certain amount of native vegetation to offset its impact as part of an “ECOLOGICAL TRADEOFF.”

    “Shoreline residential development falls under an exemption,” said Sandstrom of the no net loss requirement. “So, individual demonstration of no net loss is not required for shoreline residential development or for most permits that are issued as shoreline substantial development permits.”

    That does not mean the city will not need to ensure there is no net loss of ecological function, she told council, but that it will not need to be proven independently by the permit applicant. The project would be checked against current regulations that should result in no net loss.

    Bulkheads — vertical concrete barriers along shorelines — will not be allowed to be replaced under the shoreline plan, which instead favors a rocky slope. Bulkheads, said Sandstrom, negatively affects wave reflection. Bulkheads would need to be determined the only feasible option to be used.

    Sandstrom said another concern is that the plan proposes residential setbacks of 25 feet, which is less than the existing median setback of 50 feet for Lake Sammamish and Lake Washington.

    “The potential for houses moving closer to the shoreline has potential impacts in terms of water quality, moving pollutant generating surfaces closer to the shoreline,” she said.

    Should redevelopment of properties occur using a 25-foot setback, Sandstrom said there is also the potential of obstructing the views from other properties than are 50 feet from the shoreline.

    One option proposed to prevent this is a common line or streamline setback, which would require a new or redeveloped property to use the average setback of the two properties adjacent to it.

    Whether all of the effort being put into the plan will satisfy how the DOE defines “NO NET LOSS” may only be known once the shoreline master plan is submitted. According to Richard Settle, an attorney specializing in environmental and land use law with foster pepper PLLC, “NO NET LOSS” IS A NEW AND AMBIGUOUS CONCEPT FOR WASHINGTON.

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    (I have added this information)

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    Richard L. Settle

    According to Richard Settle, an attorney specializing in environmental and land use law with foster pepper PLLC, “NO NET LOSS” IS A NEW AND AMBIGUOUS CONCEPT FOR WASHINGTON.

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    Dick has more than 40 years of experience assisting clients with matters related to land use, the environment, and municipal law. His experience includes the representation of landowners, developers, municipalities, and citizen groups in virtually all areas of state and local land use regulation before state and local agencies and trial and appellate courts.

    Dick was also recently singled out by the highly-regarded Chambers USA legal directory, which annually interviews firm clients. In addition to a top-ranking of Foster Pepper’s Land Use group, Chambers described Dick as “the leading scholar in land use” and noted for his “vast experience in land use laws and regulations.”

    - See more at: http://www.foster.com/profile.aspx?id=97#sthash.Vh8jPovg.dpuf

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    While the DOE requires NO NET LOSS of existing ecological functions, Settle said that implies a tradeoff of development and restoration. He said there’s also an assumption that restoration doesn’t have to be immediate, and could take as long as 20 years depending on the development.

    He added there’s also confusion as to how far back in time restoration is supposed to match up with shoreline conditions.

    “It’s definitely not pre-European discovery,” he said.

    Councilmember Kevin Wallace expressed his irritation that the council has been briefed three times on shoreline master plan development, however, confusion about meeting DOE standards remains. He added there also needs to be more done to address private property rights in the plan.

    “That is not helpful in deciding how to regulate someone’s private property, whether there is a net loss of ecological functions,” he said. “So, I just want to lodge my personal frustration. I’m just stunned that every jurisdiction in the state has to go through this and do this and in 2014 the state of the law on this is so unclear. … What we’re basically looking at is someone’s opinion,” he said.

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    Jul 16, 2014

    Shoreline plan set for August public hearing

    Jul 16, 2014 at 3:10PM Bellevue Mayor Claudia Balducci made it clear to City Council on Monday they had precious little time left to approve options for a draft shoreline management plan AHEAD OF AN AUGUST PUBLIC HEARING.

    COUNCIL MEMBERS PASSED IT BACK TO STAFF, CONFIDENT PUBLIC OPINION WILL CHANGE IT AGAIN.

    Public access

    The council passed forward direction to have the SMP expand public access to commercial shoreline properties that expand more than 20 percent, such as marinas and yacht clubs. 

    LAND USE DIRECTOR CAROL HELLAND TOLD COUNCIL MEMBERS — CAUTIOUS OF VIOLATING PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS — access can be limited if security risks are present, and may also only apply to visual access in some cases.

    Siding with yacht clubs and marinas, Councilmember Jennifer Robertson pointed out they do offer public access — as long as people pay for it.

    Park development options

    Council members have heard public comment asking them to side with the city’s planning commission’s recommendation that Meydenbauer Beach Park — slated to be Bellevue’s most expensive park redeveloped at more than $40 million — REQUIRE a conditional use permit ahead of construction. The Meydenbauer Bay Neighborhood Association argues it would require a public hearing and allow residents to be more involved in its development.

    The City Council decided since a master plan exists for Meydenbauer Bay Park, future construction would be dealt with through administrative permitting and does not require a CUP.

    High water mark

    Robertson told council members they were making the wrong decision when they voted to set the high-water mark at a static elevation using the Bellevue Lake Study, which sets it at 31.8 feet, but allows for individualized assessment.

    She said she spoke to a scientist who told her the study was flawed, using two standard deviations. Councilmember John Chelminiak said the state Department of Ecology will make the ultimate decision on the SMP, and the council can choose differently, but the plan may not be accepted.

    “It is the latest study that has been done, and it is consistent, at least with what Sammamish set,” Chelminiak said.”I’m ready to vote,”

    ROBERTSON SAID. “I’M GOING TO BE AN EMPHATIC ‘NO’ “

    Setbacks, buffers and vegetation conservation

    Council members passed through an option to allow flexible setbacks of 50 feet, which property owners can buy down to 25 feet if they follow a string test and provide adequate vegetation conservation using set menu options.

    Balducci said the planning commission recommendation for 50-foot setbacks with greenscape options would result in net loss of native vegetation, and that replacing it with lawns is not what SMP regulations should encourage.

    Robertson said the commission’s option should be considered, but require greenscape only be allowed for two-thirds of the area required for vegetative conservation. She said string tests and menu options requiring unsightly native vegetation goes too far.

    Council members agreed to move forward with the 50-foot setbacks, string test and menu options, WITH THE UNDERSTANDING PUBLIC COMMENT WILL MODIFY THOSE OPTIONS to lessen vegetation requirements and allow greenscape where appropriate.

    “I would agree, this goes overboard,” Chelminiak said.

    A draft of the SMP will be developed by city staff ahead of an Aug. 4 public hearing, after which the council WILL DIRECT STAFF AGAIN on Sept. 8, 2014 on what regulations should be submitted to the DOE for review.

     

    • BRANDON MACZ,  Bellevue Reporter Staff Writer 

     

    Mar 13, 2014 Bellevue city council members emphasized the importance of a strong public process Monday

    as they move through a series of presentations on the planning commission’s update to shoreline management regulations over the next four months.

     Mar 13, 2014  WITH THE PLANNING COMMISSION UNANIMOUSLY SUPPORTING ITS UPDATED REGULATIONS AND RESTORATION PLAN,

    The council now will be briefed on the contents of the SMP over the next four months,

    with a review of recommended policies for shoreline overlay set for April 14, 2014

    and review of the cumulative impact analysis and light rail component on April 28 2014 .

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    April 30, 2014 Updating the SMP plan — mainly unchanged since 1974 — also has been an

    AN AREA OF FOCUS BY THE BELLEVUE PLANNING COMMISSION

    FOR MORE THAN FIVE YEARS,

     a process that was slated for completion in 2011. (2010?)

    April 30, 2014 Monday’s City Council study session laid out the progress of the planning commission,

     including fixes to a number of COMPLIANCY ISSUES within the SMP’s May 2013 draft FOLLOWING AN UNSOLICITED REVIEW BY the (DOE) Washington Department of Ecology, which has final say on approving the program.

    THE BOTTOM LINE AFTER SIX YEARS OF SMP UPDATE FRUSTRATION

    WHETHER ALL OF THE EFFORT BEING PUT INTO THE PLAN WILL SATISFY HOW THE DOE DEFINES “NO NET LOSS” MAY ONLY BE KNOWN ONCE THE SHORELINE MASTER PLAN IS SUBMITTED.

    The Clallam County SMP Update will have a significantly LARGER NEGATIVE impact on the economic development of  private property on the shorelines statewide significance rivers, lakes and streams IN OUR UNDEVELOPED COUNTY.

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  • FAIR? Illegal’s Taking U.S. Jobs and $$$

    FAIR? Illegal’s Taking U.S. Jobs and $$$

    Who knew there is a  (FAIR) FEDERATION FOR AMERICAN IMMIGRATION REFORM keeping track of  The fiscal burden of illegal immigration on United States Taxpayers

     AND  THE  

    ILLEGALS TAKING U.S. JOBS

    http://www.fairus.org/issue/illegal-aliens-taking-u-s-jobs

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    THE FISCAL BURDEN OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION ON UNITED STATES TAXPAYERS

    http://www.fairus.org/issues/publications/state-cost-studies

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    WHERE ARE THE JOBS TAKEN BY ILLEGAL ALIENS LOCATED?

     Updated March 2013

    Below is a listing of the estimated number of jobs encumbered by illegal alien workers by state (and Washington, DC). THE ESTIMATE IS PROPORTIONAL TO FAIR’S ESTIMATE OF THE ILLEGAL ALIEN POPULATION RESIDING IN EACH STATE. The listing does not include an estimate for those states that have estimated illegal alien populations of 5,000 or fewer (Maine, Montana, North and South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming).

    State Jobs Taken
    Alabama 89,550
    Alaska 7,165
    Arizona 279,395
    Arkansas 39,400
    California 1,887,695
    Colorado 139,700
    Connecticut 85,965
    DC 25,075
    Delaware 21,490
    Florida 587,440
    Georgia 322,375
    Hawaii 21,490
    Idaho 21,490
    Illinois 394,015
    Indiana 85,965
    Iowa 46,565
    Kansas 50,145
    Kentucky 35,820
    Louisiana 42,985
    Maryland 211,335
    Massachusetts 136,115
    Michigan 82,385
    Minnesota 71,640
    Mississippi 21,490
    Missouri 42,985
    Nebraska 28,655
    Nevada 143,280
    New Hampshire 10,745
    New Jersey 293,720
    New Mexico 71,640
    New York 537,295
    North Carolina 293,720
    Ohio 78,805
    Oklahoma 60,895
    Oregon 121,785
    Pennsylvania 128,950
    Rhode Island 25,075
    South Carolina 50,145
    Tennessee 85,965
    Texas 1,296,670
    Utah 71,640
    Virginia 186,260
    Washington 197,010
    Wisconsin 68,055

     Updated March 2013

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    FEDERATION FOR AMERICAN IMMIGRATION REFORM (FAIR)

    THE FISCAL BURDEN OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION ON. UNITED STATES TAXPAYERS by Jack Martin, director of special projects and Eric A. Ruark, director of research.

    http://www.fairus.org/issues/publications/state-cost-studies

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    WASHINGTON STATE estimated 275,000 illegal immigrants and their U.S.-born children cost state’s taxpayers about $2.7 billion per year. That cost results from regular K-12 public schooling plus supplemental English instruction, medical services, policing, courts and incarceration as well as some welfare programs for the U.S.-born children of illegal aliens. The fiscal burden on Washingtonians has been growing as the size of the illegal alien population has grown. The fiscal burden translates into an annual fiscal burden of about $970 for each household headed by a U.S. citizen.

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    CALIFORNIA’S FISCAL BURDEN HAS DOUBLED IN 10 YEARS 2004-2014

    2014 CALIFORNIANS bear an enormous fiscal burden as a result of an illegal alien population estimated at almost 3 million residents. The annual expenditure of state and local tax dollars on services for that population is $25.3 BILLION. That total amounts to a yearly burden of about

    2014   $2,370 FOR A HOUSEHOLD HEADED BY A U.S. CITIZEN.

    2004 Current Census Bureau data indicate that California’s illegal immigrant population is costing the state’s taxpayers more than $10 BILLION PER YEAR IN 2004. This analysis looks specifically at the costs of education, medical care and incarceration, which are the major cost categories. Even without accounting for all of the other areas in which costs are being incurred by California’s taxpayers, this study indicates that the burden is substantial –

    2004 NEARLY $1,200 PER NATIVE-HEADED HOUSEHOLD — AND THAT THE COSTS ARE RAPIDLY INCREASING.

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    2012The fiscal burden on OREGON’S taxpayers resulting from an estimated 170,000 illegal immigrants and their U.S.-born children cost state’s taxpayers an estimated $1 billion per year. That fiscal cost results from regular K-12 public schooling plus supplemental English instruction, medical services, policing, courts and incarceration as well as some welfare programs for the U.S.-born children of illegal aliens. That fiscal burden has been growing as the size of the illegal alien population has grown. The annual outlay amounts to about $730 for each household headed by a U.S. citizen.

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    In 2013, illegal immigration cost TEXAS TAXPAYERS ABOUT $12.1 BILLION ANNUALLY. That amounts to more than $1,197 for every Texas household headed by a native-born or naturalized U.S. citizen. The taxes paid by illegal aliens — estimated at $1.27 billion per year — do not come close to paying for those outlays, but we include an estimate of revenue from sales taxes, property taxes, alcohol taxes, and cigarette taxes.

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    NEW MEXICANS bear a fiscal burden of about $717 million per year in outlays due to an estimated 100,000 illegal alien residents and their U.S.-born children. Those outlays are in large part due to the education of an estimated 6,700 illegal alien students and an additional 30,170 U.S.-born children of illegal aliens. Their K-12 cost is about $438 million, and an additional $54 million is spent on their separate English instruction. Other costs relate to medical services, policing, courts and incarceration as well as some welfare programs for the U.S.-born children of illegal aliens. That fiscal burden has been growing as the size of the illegal alien population has grown. The annual outlay amounts to about $1,000 per household headed by a U.S. citizen.

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    2014 Illegal immigration cost NORTH CAROLINA taxpayers more than $2 billion annually. That amounts to $578 annually for every North Carolina household headed by a native-born or naturalized U.S. citizen. The taxes paid by illegal aliens — estimated at less than $300 million per year — do not come close to paying for those outlays, and are not a true offset in any case. The burden on the state’s taxpayers would not be alleviated by adoption of an amnesty, but could be compounded if it attracted a new surge of illegal immigration as did the amnesty in 1986.

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    2010 Illegal immigration costs federal and local taxpayers $113 billion a year. That is an average cost to native-headed households of $1,117 a year. This pioneering study brings together data and estimates of the fiscal cost resulting from federal, state and local expenditures on illegal aliens and their U.S.-born children. Separate estimates are available for each state. Copies by mail are $25.

    READ MORE AT: http://www.fairus.org/issues/publications/state-cost-studies

     


  • (2) Why I Won’t Vote for Liberals?

    Why I won’t Vote for Liberals?

    I don’t like The State of the Liberal Union.

    DO YOU?

    Rich man -Poor man – Beggar man – Thief – Doctor- Lawyer – Indian Chief.

    That pretty much sums it up.

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    WHILE  the WORKING UPPER  AND MIDDLE CLASS AMERICAN’S   ARE BEING TAXED  INTO POVERTY, for the common good?

    A leftist government steals money from HARD WORKING AMERICAN CITIZENS  and gives it to others, FOR THE COMMON GOOD OF? UNDOCUMENTED ILLEGAL  ALIENS? The current population may range from 7 MILLION TO 20 MILLION  IMMIGRANTS  that are living in the United States ILLEGALLY.

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    President Obama said “WE MUST GET THE “WORKERS”  BACK TO WORK

    A Freudian slip?

    The SOCIALIST WORKERS PARTY (SWP) is a far-left political organization in the United States.

    OBAMA DID NOT SAY “WE MUST GET THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BACK TO WORK.

    Obama said “WE MUST GET THE WORKERS BACK TO WORK”

    WOW, THE “SOCIALIST WORKERS PARTY” traces its origins back to the former Communist ….

    SOCIALISM is a governmental philosophy which calls for the redistribution of American wealth

    Really? the redistribution of wealth for “WHO’S”  common good.

    Not to just redistributed AMERICAN WEALTH TO POOR American citizens,

    BUT for THE DHS SUPPORT AND  REDISTRIBUTION OF AMERICAN WEALTH

    TO AND FOR  UP TO 7 MILLION TO 20 MILLION  ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.

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    WHILE  the WORKING UPPER  AND MIDDLE CLASS AMERICAN’S   ARE BEING TAXED  INTO POVERTY, for the common good?

    The RICH MEN AND WOMEN leaders, THE ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES  of the American leftist government are living  high on the hog.

    Rich man -POOR WORKING  MAN – Poor Man – Beggar man – Thief – Doctor- Lawyer – Indian Chief.

    YOU SHOULDN’T BE WORRIED?

     Unless, of course, YOU DON’T LIKE SOCIALISM?

    And, you are not  particularly impressed with an American PRESIDENT AND FEDERAL left wing government THAT is  turning our SOVEREIGN FREE COUNTRY INTO A TOTALITARIAN DICTATORSHIP.

    What happens to America, when? Nothing is  politically neutral, and nothing is  outside the scope (or control) of the state?

    When the LIBERAL LEFT WING totalitarian state uses modern means to exercise complete political power?

    What happens when? The state takes over and tries to control the economic, social, intellectual and cultural aspects of people’s lives?

    The word “totalitarian” is defined: “of or relating to a political regime based on subordination of the individual to the state and strict control of all aspects of the life and productive capacity of the nation especially by coercive measures”. 

    We used to call ourselves “THE LAND OF THE FREE”, but the truth is that we are being transformed into a TOTALITARIAN society.

    And LIBERAL left wing  TOTALITARIANISM GOVERNMENT  is exactly what we are experiencing  in America today.

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    CONTROLLED BY THE (NGO) GRANTED?

    HOW MANY NON-ELECTED? NON- GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATIONS? (NGO) ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISTS ARE IN COLLUSION WITH EACH OTHER AND BEING BANKROLLED BY THE LIBERAL US GOVERNMENT.

    DO YOU KNOW WHAT A MANIPULATED BALDING IS?

    DO YOU KNOW WHAT (NGO) SUE AND SETTLE IS?

    DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY ENDANGERED SPECIES THERE ARE?

    DO YOU KNOW WHAT AN EPA UNFUNDED MANDATE IS?

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    DO YOU KNOW THE DEFINITION OF COLLUSION?

    Collusion is an agreement between two or more parties, sometimes illegal and therefore secretive, to limit open competition by deceiving, misleading, or defrauding others of their legal rights, or to obtain an objective forbidden by law typically by defrauding or gaining an unfair advantage.

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     Here is a good read

    July 30, 2014. U.S Environment and Public Works Committee Republicans released a report today HIGHLIGHTING THE COLLUSION BETWEEN ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISTS

    It is a 92 page document on who’s who at the NGO zoo

    AND A REPORT ON HOW THEY DO IT!

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     IF IT’S FEDERAL LAW… IT’S LOCAL LAW

    In the United States today, our lives are governed by literally millions of laws, rules and regulations that govern even the smallest details of our lives, and more laws, rules and regulations are constantly being added. 

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    LAYING DOWN MORE  FEDERAL LAW

    On January 1st, with thousands of  new FEDERAL laws going into effect all over America

    The trickle- down, RUBBER STAMP effect, will most LIKELY create,  hundreds of  thousands of restrictive new STATE, COUNTY, CITY, RULES AND REGULATIONS PRECIPITATED BY THE FEDERAL laws THAT went into effect FROM WA DC.

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    USING  AND ABUSING THE FEDERAL ADMINISTRATIVE ACT

    The Administrative Procedure Act (APA) is the law under which SOME 55 U.S. GOVERNMENT FEDERAL REGULATORY AGENCIES LIKE THE FDA AND EPA CREATE…. THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF NEW TRICKLE-DOWN  FEDERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS …

    DO YOU KNOW WHAT THE DUE PROCESS OF LAW IS?

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    THE RUBBER STAMPING IN WA STATE…

    WAC… WAC… WAC…rules and regulations

    On the national, state and local levels, UNINFORMED AMERICANS continue to ALLOW LEFT WING  LIBERAL’S  TO LAY DOWN FEDERAL LAWS, THAT SHALL BE AN EDICT,   TO TELL ALL THE REST OF US HOW TO RUN VIRTUALLY EVERY ASPECT OF OUR LIVES, IN EVERY COUNTY,CITY AND TOWN IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

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    Here is a good read

    America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society

    By Michael Snyder, on January 7th, 2013

    http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/america-is-being-systematically-transformed-into-a-totalitarian-society