Witness a recent "Answer Man" column in the Rochester Post Bulletin.
In Answer Man: Local group concerned about Agenda 21, the columnist writes:
Dear Answer Man, who put up the billboard near the Post-Bulletin that says, "Imaging Vision Plans are wrong for our neighborhoods"?
The web address on the sign is for Americans Against Agenda 21, a local website and organization that's concerned about a lot of things having to do with property rights, zoning and government planning. The common denominator seems to be "Agenda 21," one of the bogeymen of far-right conservatives who, in a nutshell, fear the United Nations is going to take over the world.
I've written previously about local agitation about Agenda 21, but this website, with long blog posts by people such as Mike LaPlante, president of the Eastside Pioneers Neighborhood Association, helps to explain where they're coming from. The billboard refers to the "imagining" and "visioning" programs in Rochester neighborhoods, which are grassroots-oriented, citizen-led efforts to prepare for future growth by getting input, making recommendations and getting plans in place.
Read the rest there. Answer Man concludes:
There's nothing sinister or New World Order-ish about urban planning issues, zoning decisions and historic preservation ordinances. But you're welcome to check out the website and form your own opinion.
After reviewing the site, Bluestem concludes that for some Americans, fear of Blue Helmets readily prompts the donning of tinfoil. We just can't wait until they discover John Birch write-ups sounding the alarm about the Delphi Technique.
Photo: from the Americans Against Agenda 21 website.
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