Tuesday, March 13, 2012

PERCEPTION OR REALITY?

by Lynn Costello
Agenda 21 has become mainstream and is no longer considered a far right conspiracy theory.  Citizens in small towns and large cities watched as planners and committees molded their communities affecting individual life choices, property rights and picking winners and losers in the business sector.

This has been achieved by mass marketing the “green” propaganda which promises purity in the environment, healthy families and “planned” living.  It is this perception that sells.  In “Creating a More Sustainable Vancouver 2009” you will find the following statements:

·       “Transportation Options:  Increase the percent of residents who perceive that the available sustainable modes of transportation in Vancouver meet their needs.”
·       “Ability to Meet Basic Needs:  Increase the percent of residents who perceive that their needs are being met for: counseling, emergency food, shelter, employment services, substance abuse treatment, etc.”
·       “Empowerment:  Increase the percent of Vancouver residents who feel that they have the opportunity to voice their concerns in the city on major community decisions that affect their lives.”

Friday, March 2, 2012

TIME TO TAKE A STAND

by Lynn Costello

Charts, graphs, statistics, ratios, percentages, trends, numbers all laid out to show Americans where we’ve been, where we are now and where we are going.  For the chart lover the ultimate is the Heritage Foundation’s annual budget chart book.  How much of this do you see before your eyes roll to the back of your head?  Experts, analysts and others decry that this debt and out of control spending is unsustainable.  Yet despite these undeniable facts the response from citizens and politicians alike is unison ho-hum.

The word unsustainable has meaning and is a stern, dire warning that this cannot and will not stand.  When the end will come we do not know; yet, still we hear the ho-hum.