On The Need To Vote
As the Sandpoint City Council doubles down on hand-pulling some of the noxious weeds in Lake Pond Oreille, there may be some groups counting on the failure of those efforts.
Last year, representatives of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) met in Oldtown to explain their “Legal Rights of Nature” advocacy by proposing “… that we give legal rights to forests, oceans, rivers and other so-called ‘natural objects’…”
They explained that “the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, an Indian tribe in Minnesota, has passed a tribal law granting wild rice its own enforceable legal rights”, CELDF also cited the Lake Erie Bill of Rights (LEBOR), which passed in Toledo, Ohio, and established “the right of citizens to sue polluters of Lake Erie”. Less than ten percent of its citizens voted in that election.
A year later, Daniel Radford, Reclaim Idaho champion, stated that “public lands and resources would be protected legally, not only to defend their ‘right to live and be healthy …” Paulette Jordan, Democratic senatorial candidate, has said that “thinking big means giving rights to nature”.
Sandpoint has become a target for radical activists seeking to exploit a weak, left-leaning government. Will Sandpoint voters pay attention or allow them to run amok?
Incidentally, as reported by Toledo’s newspaper, The Blade (2-27-2020), a U.S. District Court judge, retained common sense and ruled that the LEBOR Bill of Rights was “unconstitutionally vague” and “exceeds the power of municipal government.”
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