To The Daily Sun,
Sanbornton is a quaint, small community of rural people. It always has been and if the populace continues as it is, it always will be. However, things are changing in our little town.
The planners are afraid of being sued by contractors who want us to have more workforce housing. But we have sufficient housing, so they won't be suing us anytime soon. Why bring in federal government grants to pay for things we don't need? Nothing the government does is free. We will have to pay back in loss of freedoms eventually, as the federal government wants more and more power. Look at it. When we moved here almost 40 years ago, certain permits were needed for various enterprises, of course. We can't have unplanned growth, or uncontrolled sprawl. But the rules are getting tighter and tighter.
Even the state government is getting involved in our little town. Water rights are being squeezed. Under a little-known program instituted by the Department of Housing and Urban Development called Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH), communities and even an entire state have formally ceded a major portion of their economic development and planning rights to the federal government. Our state has a regional water authority, instituted by Gov. John Lynch in 2011.
The program names are different, but the situation is the same in every state: Un-elected regional councils are usurping local control over property rights, and educational rights too. Learn about the takeover of all water in the U.S., or the WOTUS:
Twenty-nine states have filed lawsuits against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for redefining the "Waters of the United State"," or WOTUS, erasing "navigable" and usurping states' rights by including local seasonal streams, farm irrigation ponds, roadside ditches, and even "connective" dry lands placed under authority of the Clean Water Act:
http://www.cfact.org/2015/07/22/environmental-protection-agency-flooded-with-lawsuits-over-controversial-water-rule/ For more information regarding the above, check out GraniteStateFutures.com.
And now, it is our recycling center. What's happening to Sanbornton? Saturdays are social days at the recycling center (dump). People bring in objects that are good, and take other things, and there's a great exchange all around, including clothes, books, children's toys, and kitchen and household items. And we see residents we haven't seen in a while. Now in one fell swoop, the insurance company comes in and wipes it all away. Someone may sue the town for (what?). So all of our social draw has suddenly disappeared. I was told if it were reinstated, it wouldn't be done until next March. What? One day to destroy it all, and six months to revive it? Rachel Paige is working on a petition to the selectboard for townspeople to sign. Sanbornton residents, sign it. It's part of who we are.