Do You Live in a Rural or Semi Rural Area?

A Part of Rural Paso Robles

A Part of Rural Paso Robles

If you are a farmer, rancher, or just live in an area outside of a city, you may be about to lose your way of life. You may have noticed new fees and regulations coming your way already. But more assaults on your property rights are on the way.

Even if you live in the city and receive city services, what happens in rural areas affects you. The farmers and ranchers produce the food that keep everyone fed. Most people in cities, even if they have a garden, are not able to  raise everything they need to feed themselves.

In Siskiyou County, rural residents faced this assault on their right to live the rural lifestyle. Farmers and ranchers were about to lose their homes when the government decided to blow up three of their dams which provided water and clean energy. Why? To “save” the coho salmon. The only problem is, the people who wanted to blow up the dams didn’t have any evidence it would save this poor fish. Other scientists looking into the problem discovered blowing up the dams might even cause more harm to the fish.

Alone, these rural residents were doomed. But they banded together and are successfully fighting this intrusion on their way of life. Defend Rural America made its debut on October 11, 2011, in Yreka. Over 1000 people, 50 groups, and 8 sheriffs worked together to save the Klamath River dams in Siskiyou County. As federal government intrusions begin to become more frequent in our own county, it’s time to arm ourselves with information and tactics to defend our property rights before it’s too late. They are hoping they can catch us unawares.

After all, most farmers and ranchers have enough to do without keeping track of what their government might be planning for them. At this time of year, most people’s political thoughts are focused primarily on the coming elections, not on what unelected officials might be planning to do to them. But that doesn’t mean one can afford to ignore those who want to regulate and/or abolish your right to do what you want to on your own property.

You can find out what has happened in other counties and what we can expect to happen here. We can resist this possible assault on our rural way of life. On October 13, there will be a free educational seminar to help you get up to speed on all this. It’s at the Atascadero High School Gymnasium. Doors open at 8:30 AM for check in and late registration. The presentation starts at 9:30. Parking is free. Please preregister at Defend Rural America as soon as possible, since space is limited. Here’s a copy of the flyer which you can print out at the site and share with your friends. Defend Rural America is a nonpartisan group.

Feel free to print this and share with friends. It can also be attached to your emails.