To Rural Landowners of King
County, the King County Council, County Executive, Interested Parties and the
because you don't live in King County, WA, don't think for one minute that your
government isn't planning something just as ridiculous as hiring a rural
ombudsman ("Govnmn't Man") at $70,000 plus per year. A government not
monitored, is a government out of control.)
So now the rural residents of King
County have their own rural ombudsman. Hooray! Or do they?
Much hoopla was given to selecting the new King County rural landowner
ombudsman, the one Mr. David Spohr, a lawyer for the justice department.
But he wasn't just a lawyer for the justice department. He was a lawyer
defending the U. S. Government against a beleaguered,
nationally-known property owner and cattle rancher, Mr. Wayne Hage.
Read about Mr. Hage at: http://nj.npri.org/nj98/04/hage.htm.
And read about the status of his case at: http://www.stewards.us/hage_v_us/hage_v_us.htm.
The federal government, under either
the Forest Service, or the Bureau of Land Management or some other government
out-of-control bureaucracy, egged on by environmentalists, sent armed horsemen
onto Mr. Hage's grazing allotment property, rounded up his cattle and then sold
them at auction. Mr. Hage has been fighting the government for over 10
years, defending his allotment and property rights, at a huge
personal cost to him, I might add.
However, in an article about Mr.
Hage's fight with the U. S. Government over his 100 plus year old grazing and
water allotment rights on government land, Mr. Spohr, your new rural
ombudsman, said the following:
"There is no sinister plot here, no conspiracy," said David
Spohr, a Justice Department lawyer representing the two federal agencies.
"If anything, the federal agencies were too soft. They allowed too many
violations to go on for too long," Spohr said. "He (Hage) believes this entire
752,000 acres has been set aside entirely for his use."
Read the whole article at:
So who did we get for a rural
ombudsman? Not Steve Hammond who was local rural property owner, a
previous county councilman and one who was in tune with the rural
landowner. No!!! We got an attorney for the justice department (government) who fought rural landowners on the side of the
government. It's just "big government" hiring more "big
government" stooges (with a big-government
mindset), to rule over the "people". "Now all you
little sheep. You line up like good little boys and girls, or the
government sheep dog will bite you, or have lamb chops for
First, we had all-lower-case joan
burlinghame, as a temporary rural liaison to placate the rural landowner over
the Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO). She got over $50,000 for a 10-month
contract to liaison with rural landowners. Was the $50,000 well
spent? You've got to be kidding!!! Mr. Spohr is going to
get over $70,000 per year and for what? Will he be able to reverse the
CAO? Of course not. Only the Council can do that, or the
voters. Will he be able to sooth the frayed feathers of rural property
owners who come up against DDES who enforces the CAO with a Gestapo hand and
charges exorbitant fees for the privilege? Not likely. And if you
don't think King County's DDES is acting Gestapo-like, ask rural landowner Ron
Rowe. Ask Charles Strouss. Ask Karl and Diana Lechner. Ask
Stan Powers and ask the 1,500 to 2,000 rural landowners who fall afoul of DDES
code enforcement every year, turned in by their neighbors, anonymously of
"Here come d' govnmn't
Should we give him a chance? A
chance to do what? Spend $70,000 plus of our hard-earned tax money, that's
what! Now if the NO-CAO Referenda is upheld by the State Supreme Court and
the unincorporated voters of King County repeal the CAO, will the Council then
fire the "govnmn't man". Probably not.
Rural landowners. It's the
Growth Management Act (GMA) that has to go. It is the Critical Areas
Ordinance (CAO) that has to go. The repeal of both would bring true,
constitutional freedom to the rural landowner, who is being
required to bear the entire burden of environmental protection without due
process and without compensation (5th Amendment
violations), so that city-folk can have their own private
"park", at the rural landowners expense. Of course the city folk don't
have to follow the same rules as the rural landowner. They have already
fouled the environment and continue to foul it, big time, every day.
Oh. And by the way. DDES has got to go as well.
And finally, it is the King County
Rural Ombudsman (KCRO) that has to go, saving the taxpayers over $70,000 per
year, plus benefits, along with a whole lot of do-nothing work and rural
landowners who get their hopes up for nothing.
People. We get from government,
rural ombudsmans that will do nothing. We get handed a
"bone" for border control. We get amnesty of law breakers. We
get ordinance, after ordinance, after ordinance to control every aspect of our
lives. We get endangered species acts (ESA) that force people out of work
and off their properties for owls that are going extinct naturally and mice that
are improperly labeled as endangered. We get constant attempts to take our
guns away. Our Constitutions are trashed. Our freedoms and liberties
trampled upon by big government, socialists and wild-eyed, radical
environmentalists. We get eminent domain for other than a clear government
purpose. We get bureaucracies that have become the fourth branch of
government, with accountability only to themselves and exponentially-rising
budgets. We get mounting tax burdens and more and constantly increasing
government employment. And we get thousands of laws passed every day,
where the "consent of the governed" is never asked for
permission. Good God! When
does anyone get it?
are those that recognize danger and act. There are those who
"see" it, but do nothing. But
unfortunately, there are way too many of those who don’t "see" anything
at all.” Ron Ewart
Which one are you?
Ron Ewart, President
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF RURAL
P. O. Box 1031, Issaquah, WA
425 222-4742 or 1 800
(Fax No. 425 222-4743)