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Regional planners are selling their vision of the perfect society

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To the editor,
In a recent Daily Sun letter from Dr. Bruce Mallory about the Carsey Institute's "NH Listens" facilitation road show, Mallory claims that NH Listens does not employ the Delphi Technique when it "facilitates" "community" listening sessions. He says they are discussions that are supposed to garner the opinions of the public.
Let me tell explain to you how this works, having been victim of this process for nearly my whole career as a teacher.
The Delphi Technique, as laid out on their own website (http://nhlistens.org/how-it-works) was first developed by the Rand Corporation, a company which has been dubbed "The Think Tank That Controls America" (http://mentalfloss.com/article/22120/rand-corporation-think-tank-controls-america)
The idea was to created a consensus of opinion on an idea or condition based on the input of several "experts" in the field. Today it is being used in a similar way to give the impression that certain groups (such as teachers or people in the community) have come up with and/or have accepted ideas that never came from them in the first place. That is, the issue that we are supposedly "struggling with" may not even exist. Concerns over the issue come from somewhere else and the "experts" all have a stake in the outcome.
This is most evident by the fact that these "listening sessions" are basically under attended by all but a handful of regular citizens, and are stacked with these "stakeholders". In fact, unless alert citizens had not been spreading the word about what was going on, you would likely find only one or two people from the general public in attendance. Most in attendance either work for NH Listens, the Carsey Institute, environmental NGOs and law firms like CELDF.org, or "green" companies looking for the ensuing work that would be created for them by the public grant money.
The Regional Planning Commissions used to be about towns that shared resources such as fire trucks and bridges. But lately they have strayed far from their purview. Whether you agree that their ideas are the brainchild of the UN or not, the RPCs certainly have been acting as if they were mini-UNs, selling their vision of the perfect "Utopian, planned society of the future" to the unsuspecting public. (The North Country Council website asks the silly question "What do you want the North Country to look like in 20 years?") RPCs are in any case, are acting as a shadow layer of government, using a top-down process to steer towns into accepting federal money (money that comes with strings) to create "master plans" that include promotion of new state and town laws to measure, possibly tax, and ultimately control everything and everyone in the state, while claiming they are "advisory-only". Their plans boast of the intent to manage energy usage, water usage, housing types, land use, medicine, food production, broadband access, recreation, "and MORE!"
Perhaps you filled out an invasive American Community Survey for your family? Farmers are now getting one of their own... as data mining is a very important part of this takeover process.
For example, education is now added to the long list of things the central planners of the RPC hope to control and manage for you here in New Hampshire's newly planned society of the future.
Winnisquam and Pittsfield were recent examples.
At the WRSD "listening session", they made it sound like the idea for all-day kindergarten came from the "community" when it did not. In fact this idea was already voted down by the "community", so what was the purpose of the discussion? In Pittsfield, they invited Keith Catone, a friend of William Ayers from the Annenberg Institute, to advise the teachers how to teach for "social justice". Did anyone from the community ask for this? Just like MOST of the ideas being promoted at these listening sessions, we KNOW they did not.
As long as ordinary taxpayers do not attend these meetings, they may someday wake up to find that these preconceived ideas will have been implemented by an unelected layer of bureaucracy — the central planners. And they'll be paying for these utopian boondoggles for the rest of their lives.
Recently when asked what will happen if a town rejects membership or participation in these plans, the reply was that the region would go ahead with it anyway. Does that sound like the RPCs are advisory or that their plans are voluntary?
Find your Regional Planning Commission and get out to their meetings for Granite State Futures. You will find that their vision for the future is not the same as yours, and that you have been kept out of the process intentionally. You will find that these "regional" problems are mostly created, as are the solutions.
Jane Aitken