Saturday, February 14, 2015

ANNUAL CONVENTION DATE SET

It is that time once again when the Libertarian Party of Allen County, Indiana will be hosting its Annual Convention at Golden Corral Buffet and Grill on Lima Road/SR3 north of West Coliseum Blvd / State Road 930 and south of the 311 Interchange with Interstate 69 in Fort Wayne, Indiana on the 13th of April 2015 from 6-9 pm.

Prices for Dinner is Adults $16 Kids 12 and under $ 7. Please RSVP via our EVENT PAGE so that we may have a more accurate number to provide the Restaurant's Management.

There will be a brief Business Meeting which will then transition into our Nominating Convention where we will begin to discern candidates to run for office on the November General Election Ballot. This year in Allen County there are 38 Positions available for Voters to change the way Government operates in Cities and Towns across this Metro area. All four Offices of the Party are up for Election as well. Nominations will be accepted at this time during the Convention. Do you want to run for City Council or Mayor? This is the year to do that. If you can serve on a jury, you can serve on City Council. Send a PM to LPAC Chair Robert Enders (via our Facebook Page) for more details.

You must become a member of the local Party (which is free) at a minimum to vote and may do so during the Convention. You are encouraged to join the State or National Party for $25 annually and forms will also be available for your convenience.

Monday, February 09, 2015

James McCoy: No more Bones to hide with Indiana GOP

James A "Jim" McCoy Jr.​ Local Accountant and current Teacher over in China decides to leave the Republican Party and join the Libertarian Party.

So people ask me: why are you suddenly against the GOP?

As I said, I did not leave the Republican Party, the Republican Party left me and my Reagan Era Conservative values, which in the words of Reagan are based upon Libertarianism.

For 25+ years, I supported candidates, voted Republican and worked for the party. Then I moved off of the coasts (after having lived in CA and the east Coast) and made the mistake of thinking that in Indiana I was joining a Conservative "American" Party.

That is where I learned that Nixon was a Communist and Barry Goldwater (the Father of Modern Conservatism) was a Liberal. That is where I was told that my fiscal conservatism, ideas for small and unobtrusive (or as little intrusion as possible), fair and the lowest possible tax rates for all, equal rights, and especially "freedom of religion" were equated with "progressivism" and "communism". I'm stilled baffled by that, but it seems that anyone that does not attend a proper Republican endorsed church is a "commie".

That is where I encountered the single most corrupt political party I have ever seen, and I work here for the CPC (Editors Note: Communist Party of China).

That is where I really learned to understand the term xenophobia, the irrational fear of foreigners. The primary fear is of brown-skinned foreigners (mainly Mexicans). They love to use cheap Mexican labor on the farms where they burn their crosses, but they resist allowing them to become citizens. It's not just non-white foreigners that are met with the phobia; it's anyone from out of town.

If you move there from another state, even if you are a Republican, you're likely to be greeted by some Al Capone wannabees, assorted Klansman, the cast of deliverance, the offspring of some kissing cousins who left their condoms back at the trailer park when they went off behind the barn at the church picnic, and a few extras from Smoky and the Bandit saying "you ain't from these parts".

After witnessing first-hand the extreme corruption, which is more harmful to the economy than anything else that is going on, and saw the state of the education system (the least educated state in America), and Republican resources being applied to elect Democrats; I had no choice but to resign.

With an AA in accounting, a BA in International Business (with a minor in Economics) and now an MA in International Relations (with essentially three languages), this party which rules over the least educated state, and where 65% do not believe in science, considers my background to be "uneducated". Again, I'm baffled; but I give up trying to figure that out.

This is a party that thinks that Moses was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and that the First Amendment to the US Constitution declares the US to be not just a "Christian only" nation, but one of a new Republican only Christian denomination that was created in the 1970s and revised when they invented a new version of Jesus on 9/11.

Even with a world-class education, solid Conservative values, business experience and an international resume, there's just no room at the Kornfield Kounty Kristian Inn; so I parked myself with the Libertarians until I decide what to do.

Although not guilty by reason of insanity, there is just not much of anything for anyone in the IN GOP; my last home before returning to the real world.

In the meantime, the main argument in the GOP is "who will be a better President: Hillary or JEB?”
While that is going on, no one seems to see the significance in the fact that Herbert Hoover (1929–1933) was the last Republican elected to the White House without Nixon or a member of the Bush family on the ticket. This still stuns me. The GOP gene pool has become a *shot glass, and some of those genes (well, see the kissing cousins comment above). (NOTE: *original source text was modified after this posting)

Perhaps someday I will return to the national GOP; in the meantime, there needs to be major changes.

DOWN BY THE RIVERSIDE: Homelessness versus Economic Redevelopment along our Three Rivers - Part One Current History

Homeless In The City Of Churches Event Photo 20150208
Photo and Food Credit Food Not Bombs Fort Wayne
https://www.facebook.com/FoodNotBombsFortWayne
Over the last several months there have been many a discussion across multiple platforms and meeting halls about what to do to resolve certain capacity and service issues regarding those whom lack a secure permanent dwelling space in Fort Wayne, Indiana, right before the next round of Mayoral and City Council elections this year. As incumbent politicians and community activist jockey for coverage of their positions or their posteriors, and some community activists have also decide to enter the fret of politics as well to extend their messages and core cause issues, by doing so, tend to overwhelm the voters when  trying to communicate their campaign issues versus the history over the surrounding issues that they advocate for daily. Everything came to a head this past Sunday, at the roundtable discussion Homeless In The City of Churches held at the Wunderkammer Company on Fairfield Avenue in the old Casa's Restaurant Building.

ADDITIONAL EVENT COVERAGE: WANE | WPTA | WFFT | JG | NS |


Whom is responsible for the Homeless in our midst?

Until 1987 there was not a Federal Care Provision mandate until the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act was passed by Congress and signed by then President Ronald Regan. The McKinney Act originally had fifteen programs providing a spectrum of services to homeless people, including the Continuum of Care Programs: the Supportive Housing Program, the Shelter Plus Care Program, and the Single Room Occupancy Program, as well as the Emergency Shelter Grant Program. The McKinney Act is a conditional funding act which means that the federal government gives grants to states and, in return, the grantee states are bound by the terms of the act. If a state chooses not to accept federal funds for these purposes, it does not have to implement the act. (WIKI)

So the Federal Government leaves it to the States to deal with as it was historically within the boundaries of the State's primary jurisdiction to secure their own People. Indiana has the given primary care of the Indigent and Homeless to the jurisdiction of the Township Trustee, of which six of the twenty Townships within Allen County are encompassed either all or in part by the City of Fort Wayne, Indiana: Wayne, Washington, Saint Joseph, Aboite, Perry, and Adams. While the City is not the primary Government Agency responsible for poor relief and sheltering the homeless, the ones whom are responsible for such benevolence are not doing their job efficiently either, and that goes for both Wayne and Washington Township Trustees. I havent had a recent encounter with any of the other four but they should also be challenged to improve their response to these surrounding Community issues as well, Indigent Care is under their wheelhouse.

Why are we just now starting to talk about this? 

The facts of the matter remains that, as the Fort Wayne Police Department is questionably harassing Homeless people encamped along side our Riverbanks in tents and makeshift shelters, and Citizen Advocates are crying foul, while the City Council starts choking on its own spit to avoid the Citizen backlash, only to have the Mayor pop up and act aloof and ignorant of what our Police Department is doing, and as the Citizen Advocates dig deep and start counting names and taking numbers and issuing challengers to City Council incumbents, only to get a run around by the previously aloof Mayor about a new Indiana Regional Homeless Triage Project (IRHTP) that wont even begin until (Commentary Part 1 of 3 by Ed Rose on the TOOL/PILOT Program) (Part 2 and Part 3, for further reference) after April, is that while everyone has been playing offense and defense of their respective positions and niches of service within the Community, by the City doing anything for or against the Homeless population they are both usurping jurisdiction from another Government Agency and Tax Finances that could be used more beneficently then they way they are being distributed right now, from both Government funded Agencies and Private and Religious Foundations, to scratch preferred backs and favours rather than the organizations that have the capacity but lack the capital investment to implement newer more fiscally responsible programs.

Economic Redevelopment versus Homeless Shelters/Encampments

This isnt a new debate either, we have been back pedaling how to deal with Homeless in our midst even as far back as 2009 when the new location for Charis House was built on Wells Street northwest of the Superior Street Bridge. Back then current Third District Council Member Thomas Didier was livid to think that all of that previously undesired, now Prime River Front, was now isolated from further Economic Development.

Third district City Council member, Tom Didier's, district is across the street from the controversial land. He says he isn't against helping the homeless but doesn't like the proposed Well's Street location.
"This particular project is something that probably could go somewhere else. You know it's not like it has to go here! They own the property so for them they actually could make out in the long run if some developer would want to come along and purchase that property.”
Didier called Mayor Henry today and suggested the city purchase the property and help Charis House officials find other land. 

(Source: Homeless Shelter Ready To Expand, Neighbors Say "Not So Fast" by Laura Donaldson,  
25 February Updated 04 March 2009, The Networks of Indiana News Center)

And then when challenged by Citizen Activists recently his response was even more disingenuous:
(disingenuous - adjective, not candid or sincere, typically by pretending that one knows less about something than one really does.)
City Councilman Tom Didier said he takes the challenge from Landis seriously, but says he plans on challenging himself in a different way.
"I already know that it's freezing cold and the last thing I would want to do is I would want to be in the shoes they are in how do you develop a plan or program to have them realize that themselves that is a question that even Pastor Donovan says we're here to help," said Didier.
Didier said there is room in the Rescue Mission. The problem is getting men to agree to their rules, and really want to change.
"I think it's there, the need to help is there it's whether the person that's wanting to help and he wants to take that opportunity for the help," said Didier.
(Source: Councilmen Say 'No' to Homeless for a Week Challenge
by Isabella Moller, 27th of January, 2015, Fort Wayne Home Page / WFFT FOX 55 NEWS)
 

Which was then directly contradicted by the Person whom he cited from the Rescue Mission while discussing the new TOOL/PILOT program announced by the Mayor:

While Donovan Coley with the Rescue Mission sees this as a step in the right direction, he said the pilot program doesn’t currently address real solutions.

“The problem is still that we don’t have enough beds. So we can identify the persons, but where are we going to put them?” he asked.

Then to top all of this off the Riverfront Study Group released their long term planning strategy, which begins right smack dab in the middle of two Homeless Shelters and several independent encampments.

In 2013, the city hired SWA Group from Houston to complete a riverfront study. The consultants revealed their final recommendations at a meeting Wednesday night at the Grand Wayne Center, saying the first phase should involve a waterfront promenade. It could extend along both the south and north banks of the St. Marys River beginning at the Historic Wells Street Bridge and stretching east toward Harrison Street. 

(Source: Promenade recommended as first phase of riverfront development 
by Staff Reports Published: 4th of February, 2015, WANE NEWS CHANNEL 15)

In closing this historical review of recent activities, I think it would be fitting to quote Pastor Donovan Coley from earlier last year during Hunger and Homeless Week which ironically happened only a few days after the first evictions of homeless people from the Riverfront by the Police Department:

Donovan Coley, CEO of the Rescue Mission, amplified his concerns with the city’s eviction notice tactic during a press conference about the awareness week.

“I pray Fort Wayne, that we will offer true compassion by not asking individuals just to move their stuff, but that we will help them to pick up their lives,” Coley said on the Allen County courthouse green. “I pray that we will not lose our individual and community conscience in the pursuit of economic and riverfront development.”
In August, Coley first told 15 Finds Out about his concerns for the future of the homeless in a revitalizing downtown in the investigative series “Down and Out in Downtown.” Monday morning, he expanded on solutions to eradicate homelessness in Fort Wayne.

“I pray that we will come together as a community with real resources and real solutions to develop a comprehensive plan for a welcome center, for a day center, medical detox with therapeutic treatment, and other tools to address this issue in our beloved community,” Coley said.
(Source: Concerns, solutions voiced for homelessness awareness week.
by Adam Widener, 17th of November, 2014, WANE NEWS CHANNEL 15)

EDITOR'S NOTE: [READ PART TWO FOR THIS POST HERE]

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Vaccinations

Should parents have a choice on whether or not to vaccinate their kids? Should parents have a choice on whether or not to feed their kids? Should parents have a right to right to decide whether or not to let their kids out of the basement?

Once you decide to take an infant home from the hospital, you have an obligation to provide for that child's needs. You have to provide them with food, shelter, and see to it that they receive medical care. If you can't or won't do this, put the child up for adoption. Nothing I've said in this paragraph should be controversial. If there are kids in your house right now, make sure they are vaccinated or send them home.

To be sure, kids have an amazing ability to trigger irrational emotions in their parents. This can lead to parents making unfortunate decisions that make the news. If your emotions or beliefs are keeping you from providing adequate medical care for your kids, please put them up for adoption.

Should parents have a choice on whether or not to vaccinate their kids? Parents have an obligation to protect their children from communicable diseases. One way to do this is to vaccinate your kids. Another way is to take your kids to a GMO-free, gluten-free utopia in the middle of nowhere. I'm open to hearing other suggestions in the comments section.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Libertarians To The Editor: WILLIAM LARSEN: Education has gotten too far from basics

K-12 education is critically important to our economy and freedom. Over the past five decades I have been exposed to many educational experiments. In my five decades I have researched these experiments and found that they were implemented without ever being validated. In short, did they improve education?

Many question why test scores are low, yet I believe these good people are missing the basics of learning and how the brain processes and retains information.

We all learn differently. I learn best by hearing, writing and seeing a presentation and least by reading. I find that reading from a hard copy is far superior to a monitor. I also learn best when I must explain myself instead of multiple choice. In fact, the item I grew up disliking the most, writing, turns out to be the most efficient means of learning for me.  I also learned a great deal when I looked up a word in a dictionary, seeing many other words spelled correctly before I found the one I was looking for. I learned that an outline reduced mistakes, organized my thoughts, reduced time I spent actually writing and improved my retention of the material.

The purpose of K-12 is what? To me it is to teach me the basics so that by grade 12 I know how to teach myself. However, today’s K-12 presentation of material does not utilize repetition nor use multiple senses at the same time.

I have always questioned school systems’ use of calculators and computers in K-12. The material we learned before these great tools was no less than that taught today. I took the same high math without the high-tech tools.  I grew up without using a calculator and computer, yet when I used one for the first time in 1984,  it took very little time to learn the software, I had a true appreciation for its power.

Before one can run, one must learn to stand, crawl and walk. Skipping the basics is not really learning.

WILLIAM LARSEN

Fort Wayne

EDITORS NOTE: Published in Fort Wayne Journal Gazette 20150203.