Its too bad that former Planning Commission alternate member Art Charette has gotten himself into trouble. But his letter to the editor (Herald, Aug. 14), and his position on the subject, come from ignorance of what the UN Agenda 21 says.
First, there is nothing in Agenda 21 that takes away private ownership. In fact, one section specifically says that ownership taxes on vehicles should be removed (making it cheaper to buy and register a vehicle) and replaced by additional fuel taxes.
Second, the sustainability issues refer mostly to things government already can theoretically control carbon emissions, etc. Theres nothing in Agenda 21 (www.un.org/esa/dsd/agenda21/) that says people will lose ownership of their property and houses. The biggest issue is eminent domain a power government already has and sometimes uses well (most highways and infrastructure), and sometimes misuses. Agenda 21 does not call for a massive takeover of all private property.
Third, there is nothing in Agenda 21 that calls for governments to start collecting everyones guns. It does call for a safer world, but implementation of a safer world is through a safer environment, reducing poverty and increasing freedoms such as the recent anti-government protests in the Middle East. It is not a socialist agenda to make everyone the same. Like U.S. civil-rights legislation, Agenda 21 calls for opportunities for those at the bottom to advance. It doesnt say everyone has to advance. Lets face it, some never will. But in many countries, the poor or lower classes are not allowed to strive for much less attain better lives. By the way, that would mean political and economic freedom in all countries, including places like Iran.
The problem with most conspiracy theorists is that they believe what other people tell them rather than try to read or listen to the actual material. Being better informed doesnt mean listening to biased commentators on any side (right or left); it means developing ones own critical thinking skills and recognizing biased sources and learning to look at the original information.