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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

How does Agenda 21 effect Lincoln County

Mike Cole didn't think he would have to spend much time on Agenda 21 as a county commissioner.

He said that at the candidates forum held in Libby on Friday. I have it on video. He hasn't got a clue to Agenda 21. Most of the rest of the candidates didn't either. Two of them did know, but didn't really get to answer the 2 questions that dealt with it.

Read these articles below by an expert on the subject and see if you think Lincoln County can afford all these new regulations being proposed by the county planner and board on individuals and businesses in Lincoln County.

Lincoln County has a growth policy that was shoved down our throats without a vote of the people by the county commission. The new county commission can throw it OUT the same way.

Ask what it is costing Lincoln County to have the planning board and have a planner on staff full time.

Then ask how that is going to be paid for by a county about to lose over $4.8 MILLION dollars in federal funding per year that the leftist commissioner helped to make the county dependent on. Ask the candidates for county commission how they intend to deal with that.

Then ask yourself this question. What kind of economy do you want in Lincoln County? Do you want an economy with some money circulating like we had when there were three sawmills and more in the county, or do you want an economy that is driving our workers to North Dakota because they can't find any kind of job that pays anything here?  North Dakota is so prosperous partly because they are not afraid to develop their natural resource extraction like coal and oil.

The county commission can turn this around in a heartbeat by getting government out of the way of our economy using the coordination process.

Those of you who live here on some kind of income from out of the area need to ask yourself a different question.

Ask yourself what you will do when many of the businesses here fold up due to lack of traffic and income.

Ask yourself if you think you would like to go to Kalispell every time you need medical care, or any other service or item that local businesses carry for your convenience. Then ask yourself how you will like paying MUCH higher taxes to fund the things that the federal money has been paying for.

You can lay a good share of the blame for that problem with a county commission that was so short sighted they couldn't see the money problems in the nation in time to get us off the government dole and foster more growth by getting government out of the way of our economy, and by educating the public about how to be prosperous through freedom and liberty.

I make my living right here in Lincoln County and in Montana and on the Internet. I spend my money largely in Lincoln County. Interbel hosts my websites at a cost of over $180 per month and I have paid that for many years.
It took 19 years to build that to the point that it would support us, but I saw this coming back when we had the Great Northwest Log Haul to the mill in Darby. Why didn't the county commission invoke coordination to force the  Forest Service to take into account the local customs, culture, heritage and economy of Lincoln County early on  when they could have made some serious progress to head off the failure of our economy?

Then ask your favorite candidate for county commission what kind of solutions he or she has in mind for this inevitable destruction of Lincoln County's ability to pay it's bills when the federal money is gone, because we don't have the tax base or economy it will take to make up the difference, and that money will be gone very, very soon.

I spent over 26 years working for logging companies in Lincoln County as a clipper operator and cut over 3 million trees in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, and Alaska. I spent over 37,000 hours in the cabs of those machines and I know I cut that many trees because I had to count them to get paid.

Because of too much government I can't do that job, and even though I have more experience than most operators in the Northwest part of the United States I would be hard pressed to find a job in that game again. What does that imply for other resource based industries in our county like mining and ranching, and small business that add value to those resource based products?

I believe there is only one real choice for county commissioner who has the right experience in dealing with the feds at the table with coordination, and it's up to you to find him before June 5th. Your only other choice is to accept the status quo and all of it's implications for our county and future here.

Paul Stramer

PS Why would any new business in the Eureka area want to start up using the new boondoggle building at the old airport as a beginning base, when there is NO ECONOMY here to support it? Another tribute to the shortsightedness of those who have been in power in this county. That is what status quo gets you. More spending by government and higher taxes to pay for it. NO REAL BENEFIT. It's TIME FOR A BIG CHANGE in Lincoln County. The real kind of change, not the false "hope and change" like the leftists have been giving you.

In case you have not guessed the real answer by now it's FREEDOM AND LIBERTY, the same things that made our country great in the first place.


by Tom DeWeese
May 21, 2012

The battle over Agenda 21 is raging across the nation. City and County Councils have become war zones as citizens question the origins of development plans and planners deny any international connections to the UN’s Agenda 21. What is the truth? Since I helped start this war, I believe it is up to me to help with the answers.
The standard points made by those who deny any Agenda 21 connection is that:

• Local planning is a local idea.

• Agenda 21 is a non-binding resolution not a treaty, carries no legal authority from which any nation is bound to act. It has no teeth.

• The UN has no enforcement capability.

• There are no “Blue-Helmeted” UN troops at City Hall.

• Planners are simply honest professionals trying to do their job, and all these protests are wasting their valuable time.

• The main concern of Agenda 21 is that man is fouling the environment and using up resources for future generations and we just need a sensible plan to preserve and protect the earth. What is so bad about that?

• There is no hidden agenda.

• “I’ve read Agenda 21 and I can find no threatening language that says it is a global plot. What are you so afraid of?”

• And of course, the most often heard response – “Agenda 21, what’s that?”

• And after they have proudly stated these well thought out points, they arrogantly throw down the gauntlet and challenge us to “answer these facts.”

• Well, first I have a few questions of my own that I would love to have answered.

Will one of these “innocent” promoters of the “Agenda 21 is meaningless” party line, please answer the following:

Read both part 1 and part 2 here:


  1. Regardless of Agenda 21 and regardless of the cost,the true issue is the fundamental rights to private property and pursuit of happiness guaranteed under the US Constitution. You can argue price but is that really the issue? The typical Republican agenda is to mention intrusion by the government, but focus on cost. That is the wrong argument. If you win the argument based on freedom and rights (the true issues) then cost and the other arguments disappear.

    Since Cole is now the Republican Candidate, what is his stance on planning at the county/city level of government? While you are at it what are the stances on the other two?

  2. You are absolutely right about the cost being a secondary issue compared to the freedom to use your own property like you see fit.

    But the public needs to know what it's costing them also.

    Cole is NOT the Republican Candidate at all. The county offices are NON-Partisan. In the primary there was a runoff between all the candidates, and the top two will run off in the fall. Those two are Steve Curtiss and Mike Cole. Of those two I would regard Steve Curtiss to be a true Republican in his principles. I don't know what Mike Cole calls himself, because he has made no real disclosure about what he believes.

    The only statement he made about anything to do with Agenda 21 including planning was that he didn't think as a county commissioner he would be spending much time on it.

    To me that indicates true ignorance of the issues in that regard.



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