Fighting Local Government Corruption - Part 3 of ?

The actions that Dalton Township officials have taken against local farms, such as Hidden Creek Farm, that involve intimidation and lying are ethical and legal breaches of conduct that violate the trust of the citizens and the duties of office. The only people that can truly correct a situation like this are the citizens of Dalton Township. They must choose to act, they must decide to make a change. But, that doesn't mean there aren't others that are willing and able to help.


I loathe the politicians that seek to tear the will of the people apart. That seek to divide them into political camps for their own ends. That seek to manipulate every event to their own devices.

For instance, the day after state representative Greg VanWoerkom issued a release stating that he was looking into the Hidden Creek Farm case to make sure that they are being treated fairly, the person that he defeated for that position, Tanya Cabala, started trolling the online posts about the grassroots movement initiated and maintained by the citizens of Dalton Township.

It saddens me to realize that these types of tactics are so prevalent and common. But, it is my belief that there are also those that have become involved in government to support justice and community, and are willing to join the citizens of Dalton Township in holding their officials accountable for their actions. That is why I feel that the Muskegon County Board of Commissioners will be open to the idea of considering a resolution of support for such local farms.

Here is how that might look.

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Muskegon County Board of Commissioners

A Resolution in Support of Local Community Farms and Businesses

WHEREAS, the County of Muskegon supports local farms and businesses as foundational structures upon which the health and welfare of the community rest; and

WHEREAS, the County of Muskegon recognizes all state laws protecting local farms and businesses, such as the Michigan Right to Farm Act; and

WHEREAS, the County of Muskegon recognizes the rights of the citizens to state and federal laws including, but not limited to, requiring due process; and

WHEREAS, the County of Muskegon promotes compliance with the Michigan Open Meetings Act; and

WHEREAS, the County of Muskegon recognizes the responsibility of township officials to act in accordance with the ethical, moral, and legal precepts of the society; and

WHEREAS, the County of Muskegon recognizes the need for fair and just treatment of local farms and businesses;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Muskegon County Board of Commissioners affirms its commitment to local farms and businesses in the community such as Hidden Creek Farm, its compliance with all state and federal laws; and its desire for the increased health and welfare of the community provided by such operations; and

FURTHER, BE IT RESOLVED, that it is the policy of the Muskegon County Board of Commissioners that the citizens of its townships be treated with the fair, just, and respectable conduct to be expected from representative officials.

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It is my hope and belief that just as the citizens of Dalton Township have been willing and able to participate and contribute to the cause of justice in righting wrongs perpetrated by Dalton Township officials, so will the Muskegon County Board of Commissioners.

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