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July 30, 2014
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Letter: Government should not usurp the local authority necessary for people to be responsible for themselves

Responsible for ourselves

I just returned from the Saturday Farmers Market, where I went to “buy local.” I learned to my chagrin that buying food from local sources is in jeopardy, due to state government intrusion. The market manager told me state government employees demanded local farmers and producers yield to state, federal and/or international requirements for packaging and labeling, in order to sell their locally produced foods to us. I couldn’t buy honey.

Expletives deleted!

At issue is: Who is responsible for you? Well, you are. If you are responsible for you, it follows you must have whatever authority is necessary to maintain your responsibilities. That is called “power.” By extension then, who is responsible for our community? We who are in and of the community. Therefore, we must have all authority necessary to act responsibly in the best interests of both ourselves and our community.

When government at any level uses its power to demand you/we surrender our authority to act responsibly, that is dictatorial. If we permit government to prohibit our free exercise of power over our own affairs, we have lost. In like fashion, when we of Douglas County allow the federal government to unilaterally break its agreement with us, and then prohibit our right to responsibly log our own forests, we will have lost.

Whether a local farmer wants to sell honey, or local foresters want to log their own lands, we have a right to defend our authority to act responsibly. What is in our own best interests is our own business, not government’s business.

“Every time the government attempts to handle our affairs, it costs more and the results are worse than if we had handled them ourselves.” — Henri-Benjamin Constant de Rebecque, 1767-1830.

Leonard R. Schmidt

Roseburg


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