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Alexandria, Danbury and Hebron will be voting on RBO on March 11

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To The Daily Sun,

You may have been hearing about a Community Rights Based Ordinance — or RBO — being pursued by a number of Newfound towns on their March 2014 ballot. So, what is an RBO? To put it in a nutshell, it is a local Bill of Rights; a binding law, enforceable by the selectmen, and residents.

First and foremost, you have to understand this is not Land Use Zoning, which is regulatory law. A Rights Based Ordinance is based on rights — not "regulating" anything. Rather it establishes our right to preserve the rural character of our town, determine the kinds of energy projects town residents want — not what the state mandates — access to clean, unpolluted water, protect our ecosystems and advocating for nature's right to exist. It established our right to govern by consent -- elevating our rights above "claimed" corporate rights — which allows us to say "no" to industrial wind turbines on our ridgelines.

The towns of Alexandria, Danbury, and Hebron will be voting on the passage of an RBO this March 11. The towns of Grafton and Plymouth already have an RBO in place. Each town has different available times to vote, so make sure you are registered and get an absentee ballot from your town if you are not able to make the polling hours. If you would like more information about a Community Rights Based Ordinance, please email me at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Michelle Sanborn
Citizens of Alexandria Rights Effort