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CHESS, CIVICS, ENERGY
An enthusiastic group of chess players, civic proponents and alternative energy seekers met February 21 in the Community Room of 1st Service Bank in Clinton to challenge each other's thinking with games and tips offered by Robert Reed, President/CEO of American Spirit Enterprises Inc. and former chair of the Libertarian Party of Arkansas.

When the chess matches concluded, Reed opened the civics portion of the program with an explanation of 'cost' as defined by government.

"When you or I think of 'cost'," Reed illustrated, "we think of purchasing something. Exchanging some of our hard earned dollars for something of value, like gasoline or bread or milk. But when the government talks about costs, they use a different definition. For example, if you choose to homeschool your child, they say that you cost the district about $6000 because this is the amount of money that the district won't get from the state."

He said it is important to grasp this concept when considering any government taxation or spending program, because 'the government simply doesn't add things up the same way you or I do."

Reed also addressed the importance of individual participation. Using the recent cigarette tax as another example, Reed noted that the number of 'private citizens' who had attended the legislative hearings to express their opinion about this tax could be counted on one finger of one hand and that in terms of citizens upholding their civic duty, he found this abysmal.

"This is a tax on a select segment of the population that proposes to benefit everyone," Reed said. "The whole idea, no matter if the tax is on cigarettes or Oreos, is fundamentally un-democratic. It is unbelievable that the great majority of Arkansas citizens are not outraged and demanding that such nonsense to stop."

Under the energy heading, Reed addressed the sanity of converting to a composting toilet which, he explained, uses no water and produces high-quality 'odor free' fertilizer that is ideal for flowers and shrubs. He noted, however, that under current Arkansas law any house that has running water is denied the opportunity to install a composting toilet. "This is a mistake," Reed asserted, citing it as "another law that must be challenged and changed by us citizens."

Reed also explained the Arkansas Net Metering program which makes it possible for a homeowner who generates their own electricity to sell their excess back to Petit Jean, thus lowering their own monthly electric bill and also reducing the need for the cooperative to purchase electricity during times of peak power consumption.

He said that the biggest stop-gap to setting up an system to do this is cost. However, he asserted, by utilizing the leveraging power of our member-owned cooperative it could be possible to substantially lower this hurdle.

Reed's presentation was interspersed with questions and open discussion but concluded at 8pm with an agreement among those attending to get together for another round of chess and civics on Saturday, March 14 with time and location to be announced. ~~~

At right: Reed invited several of the folks at the meeting to play a game which illustrated how planning and cooperation consistently accumulates as greater rewards for everyone involved.
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INCLEMENT WEATHER
Here in Van Buren County, Arkansas, during the past 12 months, we have had two devastating tornadoes, 2 cataclysmic floods, and a horrific ice storm. Somewhat the epitome of inclement weather. Is this evidence of global warming... or karmic retribution? Perhaps, some would say, a bit of both. Perhaps, I would suggest, these are one in the same.... ~Christine

News that you don't see on the boob tube:

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION REITERATES PLEDGE STOP DEA DRUG-WAR ABUSE

VIRGINIA MAN SHOOTS POLICE OFFICER BATTERING HIS DOOR DOWN in another misbegotten SWAT-style drug raid gone bad -- for everybody.

CORRUPT COPS STORIES It's jail guards gone wild this week, plus a very sleazy Texas
sheriff, some entrepreneurial Fresno narcs, and the latest problems with the evidence room in Galveston.

FDA PANEL URGES BAN ON DARVON An FDA panel has advised removing Darvon and its generic relatives from the market, citing safety and effectiveness issues.

NEW HAMPSHIRE LEGISLATOR INTRODUCES DECRIMINALIZATION BILL

VERMONT LEGISLATORS INTRODUCE DECRIMINALIZATION BILL

CHESS, CIVICS, ENERGY: February Meeting
CHANGE OF VENUE

A three part program, including chess playing, a guest speaker on civics and a public forum on energy self-sufficiency, will be held Saturday, February 21, in the Community Room of 1st SERVICE BANK, located across from the Harvest Foods plaza on U.S. Hwy. 65, in Clinton.

Starting things off at 4:30pm, chess players are invited to bring their own board and game pieces, come alone or with a partner and pair-up with other enthusiasts for open matches.

At 6:00pm Robert Reed, former chairman of the Libertarian Party of Arkansas, will address the topic "Civics 101: Who spends your money?" The informative talk looks at how local government works and how the decisions of local officials effect every pocketbook.

7:00 pm will open a discussion about how to make every home and business in the PJE Cooperative Community 'energy self-sufficient' -- at least to the degree of being able to survive when the power goes off -- by and thru full implementation of and integration with the Arkansas Net Metering Program.

Change of venue was necessary due to the PJE Community Room currently being used as a 'staging ground' for the massive electrical repair work being done in and around Van Buren County resultant of the January ice storm.

This agenda was appointed during and respective of a public meeting held January 17, 2009, coordinated by The Committee for Honest Law Enforcement. All programs are open to everyone free of charge. For more info contact Christine Beems, chairwoman, 501-745-4153.

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