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Letter to the editor: Speak out against House Bill 1318 to preserve county government

Friday, May 2, 2014 - 12:01 am

It appears the author of House Bill 1318 has never read the Indiana Constitution, legislative-Article 4,Sectn 23. In all other cases enumerated in the preceding section and in all other cases where a general law can be made applicable, all laws shall be general and uniform operation throughout the state.

The Hidden Agenda Indiana House Bill 1318 deals with former Gov. Joe Kernan and Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall Shepard reports. House Bill 1318 would change the current three commissioners to a single county executive only in Allen County for the time being. The County Council would have the legislative fiscal powers and duties of the county, and the board of county commissioners would be abolished when the first county executive takes office.

In 2009 at the Indiana Statehouse, efforts were made by appointing a county sheriff. Do away with the three county commissioners and establish a single elected county executive. The county executive would appoint a county auditor, treasurer, recorder, assessor, surveyor, sheriff and coroner to county executive control.

Revolutionaries at the Statehouse and Allen County 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 were specifically placed in the state constitution so 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 the control of House Bill 1318’s proposal of a single county executive would invite corruption.

Each elected official is accountable to the people from whom flow all political powers, and are responsible for instructing their Indiana governor, sate 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 are 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 statute that will enforce Article 4, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution.

You, too, can play a vital role in restoring and preserving our county government, a building block in the American political system, by speaking out against House Bill 1318 and those who want to change our form of government. Call or write your governor, state senators and representatives. The address is Indiana Statehouse, Indianapolis, IN, 46204. Phone: House, 1-800-382-9841; Senate, 1-800-382-9467.

Paul F. Double

Ossian