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Kentucky County’s proposed Intl. Code Ordinance intrusive, tramples property rights

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Dear Editor,

My wife and I attended the Boone Co. Code Enforcement Board Ordinance non-vote Tuesday. Thank you, Mr. Kunkel, for calling this to our attention.
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Vic Altherr

Anyone who reads this document has to be incredulous that it would be presented, much less adopted, anywhere in the U S.A. (maybe with the exception of Bill DiBlasio’s New York City).

An overflow crowd agreed, packing the first floor of the Administration Building to overflowing. Many turned around and went home.
I have to wonder about the Administration’s tin ear in presenting this wide-ranging, intrusive document to the most conservative county in the State, two months after they overwhelming elected a Governor who ran on radically shrinking government; and this on the heels of putting tolls back on the table after voting for a no-tolls resolution.
A surprising amount of attendees were first-timers, many I recognized from community service through churches and charities…people who quietly make our community a better place. They are angry. Two people involved in local government for awhile talked to me.  One said (paraphrased) over half of those people weren’t the normal crowd and the Administration better take notice. The other one chuckled, shook his head and said, “They really stepped in it this time.”
I also went to International Code Council’s (the source of this ordinance) website. This appears to be a multi-layered globalist website with keywords such as sustainable, green codes, solar codes, etc. I clicked to this portion of the site which shows the “successful” code official how to grow his empire.
The 2012 edition of the property maintenance code lists other codes it is in compliance with, including Int’l Energy Compliance Code, Int’l Existing Building Code, Int’l Green Construction Code, Int’l Private Sewage Disposal Code, Int’l Swimming Pool and Spa Code, Int’l Wildland Urban Interface Code and Int’l Zoning Code. International  means county citizens can be bound by rules voted in by autocracies, monarchies (yes, they still exist) and authoritarian single party governments half way around the world.
Boone County has been one of the fastest growing counties in the state for a very long time. Visual evidence tells me the lack of a Code Enforcement Board isn’t stopping people from moving or investing here. The Administration should get rid of this document and concentrate on making people aware of existing ways to deal with these problems. The consensus we are hearing is that it’s a bad document that should be forgotten.
Something else struck me at the meeting. More and more government employees are calling taxpayers “customers.” The main definition of customer is “one that purchases a commodity or service.” Given a choice, there are quite a few “services” I would discontinue. I consider customer a free market term indicating someone who is the subject advertising campaigns. I prefer “citizen of Boone County” or “employer”.
Vic Altherr
Union, Kentucky
Vic Altherr is a resident of Union. He publishes the community newsletter Boone and Beyond…Grassroots News, with his wife Ann Altherr.

Boone County GOP Endorses Cunningham, Targets Justice Keller

Florence, KY – The Boone County Republican Party met this month to discuss pro-life issues and address the lack of information available about judicial candidates, among other matters.

After two resolutions were passed affirming the Sanctity of Life – a position spelled out in the national GOP Platform for the past 40 years – State Senator John Schickel rose from the floor to move that party officials endorse Teresa Cunningham for Supreme Court, namely because her democratic opponent had ruled on a case which allowed an out of state teen to obtain a secret abortion in Kentucky.

Once the motion had passed overwhelmingly, the County Committee also voted to allocate funds for the purpose of exposing the ruling of Cunningham’s opponent – Judge Michelle Keller. In a previous story here at ANM News, we reported on Keller’s record and “sealed” decision back in 2011.

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Former State Senator Gex Williams of Verona – a strong social issues advocate who orchestrated the Republican takeover of the State Senate nearly 20 years ago – gave a passionate speech at the meeting, and has since stated that he is working to launch a website aimed at helping the public learn more about judicial candidates.

Brett Gaspard, Chairman of the Boone County GOP, said he admires the efforts of Senator John Schickel, Gex Williams, and County Clerk Kenny Brown, who is leading the Communications Committee.

“Social issues are often being overlooked in our current political climate,” said Gaspard. “Conservatives have historically united behind the sanctity of life and there is no doubt that the rise of republican dominance in Northern Kentucky was mainly attributed to that cause; we shouldn’t forget it.”

Keller faces off against Republican Teresa Cunningham on November 4. While Cunningham has been considered a long-shot, her chances of winning may have just increased due to the efforts of Senator Schickel and the Boone County GOP. Cunningham is currently a self-employed attorney with local offices in Cincinnati and Florence. According to her literature, she is running to uphold the Constitution and defend the values important to the people of Kentucky.


Brett Gaspard: The job of Party Chairman

Brett GaspardServing as County Chairman of one of the largest and most influential local Republican Party organizations in the Commonwealth can at times be daunting. The job comes without any pay, but includes all the headaches associated with someone expected to referee a family feud.

Figuratively speaking, there is a giant target painted on your back. Some folks demand that you remain neutral. Others want you to pick a horse and support the so called best candidate. Still more think that the party apparatus should be used only to support incumbents. Most of all, let’s not forget the variety of specific personality conflicts that demand your attention.

Plainly, anyone involved in politics – or for that matter anyone with an opinion – realizes that a local party chairman cannot please all of the people all of the time, let alone please some of the people some of the time. The perception of neutrality is one thing; the reality is another.

For those who view political parties as organizations merely devoted to electing their nominees, they must first acknowledge and cope with an often contentious primary race, especially in areas heavily controlled by a single caucus. These early contests frequently pit candidates against one another who have wildly different viewpoints about governance. In many cases their values and principles are very similar, but their strategies and interpretation of issues are vastly different.

Whatever the public perception that exists, the reality of course is that the political party machine highly favors incumbents, making the traditional principle of competition upon which our great nation was founded dangerously marginalized. Therefore, it seems the toughest challenge we all face is working to ensure the broadest possible exchange of ideas among candidates.

Indeed, the rules of our Grand Old Party clearly articulate that we are a party of opportunity for all and favoritism for none. Furthermore, it is the purpose of our universal rules to encourage the broadest possible access and participation in Republican activities to every member. Beyond this, the only obligation that exists is strictly imposed on candidates, who must sign a pledge upon registering for office stating their solemn oath to uphold the principles of the party platform.

Contrary to popular understanding, most state and local GOP officers are elected to office much like their public counterparts, without pay, and consequently have significant freedom to pursue that level of leadership for which their respective roles and talents allow. Sadly, many officers become trapped in a paradigm that silences their voices due to a perceived need for objectivity.

The notion of objectivity on the issues, however, is completely opposite of what we should come to expect from our party leaders. Instead, we should embolden them to courageously stand for the values and principles outlined in our party platform, even to the extent of holding candidates and elected officials accountable to their solemn oath, and especially to the Constitution.

Admittedly, taking bold stances to hold others accountable and to ensure inclusive debate is not always the best way to make friends, but the legitimacy and success of our efforts demands that we prevent politics from degenerating into popularity contests and personal loyalty oaths. In the end, while each of us will ultimately support candidates with whom we most closely align, our greatest efforts should always be placed on educating each other and our neighbors on the issues, on defending our values and principles, and on preserving liberty for the sake of our children.