Today is the 4th of July, to many it’s just a day off, but to some it is the anniversary of a very important document and the birth of a nation.
Why am I telling you this, because you seem to have forgotten about our nation? You seem to want to rule, just as King George did, for the benefit of yourself and the government and not for the people. You don’t care what people want you only care what your vision is.
When I look at Town Hall I realize Fishers is not a city because you would be out of a job as Council President, we would have a Mayor. So while Fishers is bigger than most cities in the state, you fight to keep it a town, so you can have your job, Is being a town for the benefit of the citizens or your benefit?
When I look at open space, I see trees; you see bulldozers and 25 story apartments going up. Is this New York or Chicago? Do we need 25 story anything or can we have some trees and open space. I guess not. Do we need to build another City within the Town? The traffic at this location is already overflowing, but so what is a few 1000 more vehicles a day or hour, it tax dollars to the city.
When I see the airport I see a few airplanes taking off once in while and more open space. You see 1000’s of semi’s coming off I-69 to an industrial park and more and more buildings. Thank god the airport doesn’t have trees you can bulldoze down. But that runway will make a great semi parking lot. Now the fact that the airport is around the corner from the 25 story city and we add all that traffic to the semi traffic, oh my we will start to truly look like Chicago and New York, pollution, traffic jams, but the Town will grow and isn’t that great.
When I go to eat at the Nickel Plate, I look around and enjoy the look and feel of older times. When I see the older people in some of the homes nearby, I see my forefathers who built this town. When I see the mom and pop small businesses, I see citizens who started to build this town before McD and the big boxes arrived. I know the sewers are old and the town should fix them. But you see a way to not use town money and get a developers to come in, tear it all down, throw the people and business that have build the town in front of your favorite vehicle the bulldozer. Build your new town center, all that chrome and glass with no soul.
When I look at a map of Fishers I see how you keep growing, to avoid areas that are not yet developed, to blackmail areas that are being developed with sewer contracts and annexation agreements. Lets face it those are not agreements they are vehicles of blackmail. The poor people who buy homes in these non-Fishers developments find out later when they are being annex, all of a sudden they have to pay a lot more in taxes. You sure are a smart guy doing it this way. And of course the developers, well they get to sell property telling people how low their taxes are going to be until… I know hidden away in the stack of papers they sign at closing is the fact that they are going to be annexed and that makes it all right. In that stack it says you have lost your constitutional rights to be against a government that is going to take over your land and tax you. If everyone read every line at closing, it would take three days to close on a home. So what if these people have to move when their annexed taxes kick in, someone else will buy their home.
When I look at Geist, I see a beautiful lake you see tax dollars. How dare those people live at Geist and not want to become part of Fishers. I noticed that you wanted to live at Geist, so you worked a deal with a developer to annex one of his lots to gain access to the lakeshore and then you annexed a strip of land under water to the other shore to annex your lot, so you could remain on Town Council. How come the developer didn’t annex all his lots to the Town? Just one. Was there a deal? How many different strips of land did you break up a single lot to allow it to be annexed? Yes, you met the letter of the law, but used all these little strips of land to get around the intent of the law? Why was one lot the subject of four annexations? Was it so you could move into a new home and stay in office. Was this for the town benefit or your benefit? Sounds more like yours?
Oh I almost forgot, why did you annex the Geist Lake bottom, are you going to tax the fish? Are you going to impose fees on boats for floating over Fishers Land? I did notice that you kept the annexation lines away from the shore line, just far enough so you would not have to notify all the home owners around the lake. Just another part of the master plan to take over the Geist area. Yes a master plan for takeover, and it appears you will do anything to achieve this goal even if the people who live in the Geist area don’t want your form of government. What ever happened to the voice of the people, oh I forgot you know what’s best for your servants.
When I see a nice two lane country road, I see trees and homes, children playing in back yards, horses and even some farms, all you see a four lane highway with strip malls. How many dry cleaners do we need, how many empty storefronts do we need, how many nail spa’s do we need? How many homes must be displaced so can you built your 3 and 4 lane roads? Oh, how dumb of me, those roads are where the big develops want to build more giant tracks of homes so your town can get even bigger, so I-69 can get backed up even more.
Well it’s the forth of July and I would like to remind you of a few words from 1776:
“That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
Since you do not believe in getting your power from the consent of the governed I request that you resign from your office.
In case you forgot, the following is for you and maybe a few citizens of Fishers might want to read this to be reminded of the start of our nation, to see that you are more like King Geoge than any of our founding fathers:
IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776 The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty and Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
— John Hancock
New Hampshire: Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton
Massachusetts: John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island: Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery
Connecticut: Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott
New York: William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris
New Jersey: Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark
Pennsylvania: Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross
Delaware: Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean
Maryland: Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Virginia: George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton
North Carolina: William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn
South Carolina: Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton
Georgia: Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton