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Posted: July 24, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Letter from C.M. Brandenburg

Dear editor,

The real problem with the 2050 Plan is not its items as much as the plan itself. Our suggestions, tweaks, etc. can be very useful to the planners later for claiming “public input,” you helped. But for now they are used for distraction from the plan itself.

It should be stopped now. And if, at the worst, it is completed (at a staggering cost) it must, it absolutely must ,come up for referendum, not just a carte blanc from the commissioners.

This plan presumes to anticipate 40 years (till 2050) and requires government control over our private property. They really claim to know our needs and what will happen for the net almost 40 years. Did they expect 9/11 or Katrina? Technology alone will be unimaginable in even 10 more years. Their political upheavals, out of control immigration, weather disturbances, nuclear and biological threats by a determined enemy will radically impact our future in unthinkable ways. Forty years, that’s two generations. The citizens of Newton County should handle its own immediate future, perhaps even acceptable parts of 2050, but not an outside “facilitator” promoting a United Nations plan for America’s property. We already see the tragic results of this in once-free areas of America.

We are a democratic, constitutional Republic with property rights according to the 5th Amendment and perhaps part of the 4th.

In those political systems where one is allowed to own property (sort of) the government has complete control over how it can be used. That system is called fascism. In my lifetime in WWII we fought against that tyranny and later helped Italy recover from the awful results of Fascism under Benito and Mussolini.

If you think this is too heavy, let me remind you everything starts somewhere.

Be on guard. Behind this is a widespread, well-funded and dangerous group who are well trained in manipulation and skillfull in methods to bring about the political, social and environmental “changes” they want.

Sadly it appears they have already begun the implementation; sort of under the radar of a non-vigilant citizenry. These meetings are simply for cover, the way totalitarian regimes always do. Devious and shameful.

C.M. Brandenburg, Covington

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dct1953: July 25, 2014 1:03 a.m.

Very good to the point comments.

dct1953: July 25, 2014 4:51 a.m.

Up early this morning so i will tell you a true story that i have told no one but my wife until now. I was waving a sign for Aaron on election day up at Gum Creek at the intersection of Gum Creek and Dial Mill Road. Behind me about 15 to 20 ft was this pasture. There was a young bull with his head over the fence looking at me. Then i heard a rooster crow. I looked down and the rooster was behind the fence standing by the bull. I kept waving my sign but when i went to my car to get me a bottle of water (which took me closer to the fence) the rooster came through the fence and stopped about 2 to 3 ft outside the fence and started flapping it's wings at me and crowing. I told myself that bull and rooster didn't want me that close to their habitat. I walked back closer to the road waving my sign with my back turned away from them. A few minutes later i heard the rooster crowing like crazy. I looked back and the rooster was on the back of the bull crowing and flapping his wings. I told myself that rooster and bull didn't want me on their side of the road. So i took my chair and sign and went to the opposite side of the road. But a couple of times i crossed the road to get a bottle of water out of the cooler in my car. Both times the rooster came out the fence and crowed and flapped his wings. I didn't think anymore about it until i was sitting in the 2050 meeting last night listening to the citizens of Newton County commenting and reaction to the 2050 plan being presented. They were trying to tell Hunter Hall, the consultants and commissioners the same thing the bull riding rooster was telling me. Keep your hands off our property. Stay away. Go back to where you came from. I just woonder if the citizens of Newton will continue to fight for their property as that bull riding rooster did all election day at the corner of Gum Creek and Dial Mill Road.

dawgs14: July 25, 2014 1:38 p.m.

"Be on guard. Behind this is a widespread, well-funded and dangerous group who are well trained in manipulation and skillfull in methods to bring about the political, social and environmental “changes” they want."

Wow!!! Please inform of us of who or what this "dangerous group" is. If the intent is anything other than what the people who put the plan together have indicated (water, farming, quality of life preservation) then I will be at the front of the line to help expose the "group".

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