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Letter to the editor: Preserve our county government system

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013 12:01 am
It appears that State Sen. Travis Holdman, the author of Senate Bill 475, has never read the Indiana Constitution. Legislative Article IV Section 23 (law must be general) in all cases enumerated in the preceding Section 22 (local and special laws forbidden) and in all other cases where a general law can be made applicable, all laws shall be general and uniform operation through the state.Indiana SB 475 and also SB 110 of the year 2012 deals with former Gov. Joe Kernan and Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall Shephard reports. SB 475 would change the current three commissioners to a single county executive only in Allen County. The County Council would have the legislative and fiscal powers and duties of the county, and the board of county commissioners would be abolished when the first county executive takes office.

A county executive would appoint the county auditor, treasurer, recorder, assessor, surveyor, sheriff and coroner to county executive control.

Revolutionaries at the Statehouse have targeted county government for extinction because counties constitute the greatest potential challenge to the misuse of authority by a central authority in Washington. The objective is to eliminate local elected officials by canceling local government bodies who have been elected by we the people.

There are over 3,000 county governments in the United States. Each one is a self-contained lawful authority charged with doing whatever is necessary to apprehend, try and punish criminals. The sheriff, county judges and county commissioners are local chieftains sworn to defend and preserve the Constitution of the United States. County offices ere specifically placed in the state constitution so that Indiana citizens would have a voice in the implementation of state laws. Therefore, each elected official is accountable to the voter. Placing county government under a single county executive would invite corruption and dictatorship.

Each elected official is accountable to the people from whom flow all political powers, and are responsible for instructing their Indiana governor, state senators and representatives to challenge unconstitutional acts against the U.S. Constitution, Article 4, Section 4: “The United States shall guarantee to every state in this Union a Republican form of government,” republic representatives elected by the people, as they are required to do so by oath of office. The state must do this by a positive act by investigation of violations and subsequent passage of a state statute that will enforce Article 4, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution.

You, too, can play a vital role in restoring and preserving your county government, building block of the American political system. By speaking out against Sen. Travis Holdman and SB 475 and those who want to change our form of government by calling and writing Sen. Travis Holdman, your governor, state senators and representatives. The address is Indiana State House, Indianapolis, IN, 46204. Phone, House 1-800-382-9841; Senate, 1-800-382-9467.

Paul F. Double



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