Person by person, town by town, county by county, opposition to ICLEI (ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA) and its Agenda 21 message is growing. Edmond, Oklahoma is following the example of municipalities around the nation as they formally discontinue participation in ICLEI and local efforts toward “sustainability.” The city sent a letter to ICLEI withdrawing its membership.
When William Daley, the new White House Chief of Staff said U.S. taxpayers should not pay for infrastructure improvements, it might have sounded to some like a good thing. But the statement he made to Bob Schieffer on Sunday�s Face the Nation on Jan. 30 deserves closer examination.
Utah may be the first state to select a state gun. Lawmakers are considering a bill to designate the Browning M1911 the official sidearm. But, according to The Star, Jan. 26, protests have already arisen, making the debate not about honoring Browning, but about gun rights because of recent mass shootings.
On Sunday, March 6, Christiane Amanpour, moderator of ABC’s This Week, continued the network’s series “Made in America.”
During his 1992 presidential campaign, Texan Ross Perot was maligned for his warning that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) would cause many American jobs to be outsourced. But it turns out he was right about that “giant sucking sound.” NAFTA went into effect January 1, 1994, and the resultant suction of American jobs to points south — and ultimately west — has seemed almost audible.
The city council of tiny Alto, Texas — population 1,200, about 140 miles southeast of Dallas — shuttered its police department on June 15 because of a budget shortfall. In order to make up a $185,000 deficit, the council furloughed the four police officers and Chief Charles Barron for six months.
On Wednesday, Dec. 22, an Austin, Texas woman hoping to spend Christmas with California friends, collided with the TSA and was arrested for refusing the security pat-down, then banned from the Austin airport for at least six months.
In a December 2 editorial in The Atlasphere, John Stossel opined that once again, privatization answers a public woe. In his report about beautiful Bryant Park in midtown Manhattan, the opener reads, “Many see the privatization of public parks as an evil encroachment by the rich in the public sphere. But in reality privatized parks today are friendlier and more inclusive than ever.”