Sample Letter to the Editor (on Complete Streets)

The letter to the editor below is an actual letter that was sent by the owner of this website to their hometown paper. The situation that triggered this letter occurred when the town was discussing their likely acceptance of a Complete Street Grant (see Lesson 4) to the tune of 3.4 million dollars from a regional government (see Lesson 7). The owner of this website went to the town council and during the Public Comment Portion of the meeting discussed the pitfalls of accepting the Complete Streets grants with its accompanying strings. The next week the Mayor put a letter in the paper titled “Grant Funding Helps City in Many Ways”. In the article the mayor discussed what a great job he and his City Planner did at getting just under $7.5 million dollars in grants since 2006.  The owner of this website felt a rebuttal was necessary, so sent the letter below.

Letter to the editor on Complete Street/Grants

Did you know that the founders of this country designed the government so that the most important level of government should be the local government- not the state or federal government?

Did you know that regional governments, like Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC), are run by unelected boards? If MORPC’s board goes against the will of the people, how do you get rid of it, since it is not an elected body?

Did you know?

*That grants received from MORPCome from the federal government-the same government that borrows, from places like China, 46 of every 100 cents it spends?

*That by accepting the “free money”, (name of town) is complicit in helping to create the federal deficit, as there is no such thing as “a free lunch”?

*That by accepting grant money (name of town) acknowledges that the Regional government is legitimate and has power over the local government, which has the very real potential of destroying the autonomy of local government?

*That many grants come with strings to create compliance to policies that we on the local level may not want to implement?

The Complete Street grant from MORPC to help rebuild part of (name of road) highlights my points. A Complete Street is designed to have bike paths, sidewalks, and be handicapped accessible-all lovely things, but very expensive. Further, the design could require a much wider road bed. As a matter of fact, up to 8 foot wide berms, as discussed at the city council meeting, on both sides of the road, which out of necessity would eat into the front yards along that stretch of (name of road)unless MORPC chooses to let (name of town) off of the hook. If not, (name of town) will be accepting money that will increase the federal deficit, undermine local control from another layer of government, and, unless left off of the hook, much of the money from the grant may go to building the berms, and not the road.

No doubt (name of mayor) is between a rock and a hard place, but, if his editorial in last week’s (name of paper) is any indication, he does not seem aware of the pitfalls of some of these grants, and seems way too thrilled to get the “free money.” It is a bit surprising that the mayor supports policies that purport to provide “a free lunch”.

The mayor, like many Americans, is apparently unaware of the root cause of this mess. The craziness that is our government today is caused by a whole series of federal policies that are being implemented through regulations and grants to forward something called Sustainable Development (aka Agenda 21).  Once fully implemented these policies will, as said by Al Gore, cause …”a wrenching transformation of society.” I suggest you might want to do some research on this.

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NOTE: The goal of this letter is to inform and persuade the public about…

  1. Constitutional government
  2. Layers of government that are not Constitutionally based
  3. Grants with strings
  4. Implications to the local community and the federal government
  5. Using a “soft approach” to create an interest in researching the root cause of the problem;  Agenda 21.

The points were set up in a logical, sequential manner, again, to persuade and educate. What was not included, on purpose, was mention of the United Nations. Unless, your target audience is one that already has some knowledge and acceptance of the reality that is Agenda 21, it is suggested, you try to explain why the policy is bad  (in this case, why regional governments and grants are bad), and not get too anxious to get into the background of Agenda 21 and the United Nations. In this particular editorial it was a bit of a risk to include the last paragraph, but the author hoped that using the term “Agenda 21” might cause some like minded citizens to contact the author, and join in the effort in the town to help affect the city council. Thus, the risk seemed worth it. In other words, be aware of what you are trying to do and how you do it, whether it is addressing the city council during the Public Comment period, writing editorials, or talking to a stranger about this topic.

We all know the country is a mess. If you completed all ten lessons, you now know why. There is no time to waste. Get crackin’ on ways to use your time and talents to stop Agenda 21. If not you, WHO??

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