April 24, 2013

Greg Kesich: Agenda 21 conspiracy theory gets unexpected boost

Gov. LePage's appearance at a rally in Naples gives anti-government alarmists undeserved credibility.

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"They told us what color we could have. They told us what the front would look like. They told us what kind of trees," LePage said.

Unlike his claim that Maine students have to take special college entrance exams, or that the University of Maine Presque Isle's windmill has a little motor inside it to make the blades go around, this one is at least partly true.

The Mardens store was built in a commercial subdivision and was subject to design standards established when the subdivision was approved. But this wasn't a case of monolithic government telling a poor property owner what to do, it was an example of residents having a say in how their town would grow and other businesses being confident that they could invest knowing that the town would not let an eyesore show up next door.

It's a long way between having a frustrating back-and-forth with a planning board to believing that the U.N. is trying to kill us all, but LePage was letting the people at the rally know he is ready to make that leap.

You have to wonder how moderate Republicans like Sen. Susan Collins, who has to share the ballot with LePage next year, takes a move like this.

Just what is the moderate position on one-world-government tyranny, anyway?

Greg Kesich is the editorial page editor. He can be contacted at: 791-6481 or:

gkesich@pressherald.com

 

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