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Another RBO will be on the Alexandrea ballot on March 10

To The Daily Sun,

Most of us would agree that we live in the greatest country in the world. I wholeheartedly believe that. However, somewhere along the line, municipal government has been unable to protect and secure the rights of the people, including the right to live sustainably.

In Alexandria as well as nine other communities across the state, Community Rights Based Ordinances (RBO) have been adopted to exercise our right to create a new system of municipal governance. The RBO declares our self-governing authority, which secures and protects our rights as defined in the RBO.

An RBO is founded on our state's Constitution (Article 10-Right of Revolution), which declares our right to change government. The RBO elevates the rights of the community above the claimed rights of corporations. It includes rights that are fundamental to the sustainability of a community and the ecosystem therein.

In Alexandria we passed a RBO in March 2014. This was prompted by our town being faced with an industrial wind turbine corporation proposing an unsustainable project. The developer has since abandoned that project. Unfortunately, a Portugal-based corporation, EDP, has now proposed an industrial wind turbine project, which would include 29 500-foot-tall turbines in Alexandria, Groton, Orange, Dorchester and Canaan. The citizens of Alexandria have said "No" over and over, only for our voices to fall on deaf ears.

Large corporations that bully small communities and do not acknowledge our efforts to protect our rights has been frustrating to say the least. We realize that we have to continue to fight for our unalienable right to local self-government and to protect the health, safety and welfare of the residents and nature.

As such, we have another RBO on the Alexandria 2015 ballot. It does not replace the current RBO, but rather complements it, providing our town with additional layers of binding law at the local level. Law is organic and meant to change as needs change. As wind developers have changed their corporate plans for our community, Citizens of Alexandria Rights Effort (CARE) Group is prepared to encourage binding law at the local level to further protect Alexandria from becoming a wind resource colony.

Vote "Yes" on Article "16" on March 10 at the Alexandria Old Town Hall from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Remember, Absentee Ballots are available through the Town Clerk's Office if you are not able to make the polling hours. Your vote counts.

Sue Ozkan

Alexandria

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I believe in small government, local control and low taxes

To The Daily Sun,

My name is Phil Wittmann and I am running for the three-year term selectman's position in Alton. My wife and I have been full-time residents of Alton for 35 years. I am in my 26th year as a recreation director in a nursing home-rehab center and have also run a small business as a band leader.

I am running for selectman because I love my town and state and want to give something positive back. I feel, being in the sixth year of a recession, this is a bad time to raise taxes on our citizens. It's possible to hold the line on spending and still take care of our town employees.

I think the most important thing a selectman can do is to listen respectfully to concerns and ideas from citizens and to perform as much town business in public meetings as possible. The citizens should be welcomed partners in their town's affairs. They should not fear intimidation during public input for voicing concerns and exercising their First Amendment rights.

I believe in small government, local control and low taxes. Please consider voting for me on March, 10 as one of the fiscally responsible candidates in the race. I will take my job very seriously and do my best to serve the town I love.

Please contact me at 875-7284 or Email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions you may have.

Phil Wittmann

Alton

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