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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:
    The April 14 edition of the Progress displayed sample ballots for the May 24th election.  The Democratic ballot contained four questions that were all decidedly socialist in nature. I want to focus on question three:  “Should private property on rivers and streams be protected by natural vegetative buffers to ensure that Georgia’s waters are swimmable, drinkable, and fishable?” Keywords: Private Property.
    We the People must educate ourselves concerning the sly manipulations socialist planners use on unsuspecting citizens. 
    Red flags explode in my head when I think about Agenda 21 Sustainable Development Policies designed to force citizens off rural lands ( Agenda 21 is a United Nations political movement designed to control mankind by outlawing private property – it is behind schedule, hence renamed “The 2030 Agenda.” Research it yourself, it is all over the internet.
    For proof of federal government overstepping Constitutional authority, see Executive Order 13603, Part VIII, Section 801 – where the executive branch has granted itself power to confiscate anything (, to control everything, including all water resources, for “emergency” uses. Who defines the “emergency”? Who gave the President authority to self-grant such tyranny?
    Obama declared his power to carry out these broad usurpations “By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America...” Did he forget about the 4th Amendment? Executive Order 13603 does not merely claim these powers during war time or during a “national emergency.” It explicitly claims authority “in peacetime and in times of national emergency,” and further states that this “authority shall be used to promote the national defense, under both emergency and non-emergency conditions.”
    We are all aware that something is wrong in Washington DC. Let’s stand firm as a local community against any attempt by non-elected administrators (i.e., Water Resources Council, EPA, United Nations) and/or elected officials to dictate how Pickens County (or any Georgia) residents are allowed to use their own property. If anyone is interested in learning more about this and other freedom/liberty stealing tactics, email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Perhaps we can all work together towards restoring our Constitutional Republic! Self governance always starts at the local level! Let’s keep our eyes focused on the Author of Freedom together!
    Galatians 5:1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
Julie Klusty

Dear Editor:
    The front page article “State takes away all ACES children” left me feeling sad, concerned and, unfortunately, quite angry.   Since September 2014, I have supported ACES in a number of ways. But, most importantly, I have been involved as a Mentor, and have thus developed a close bond with some of the children (ages 12 – 18) who resided at ACES. As a Mentor, I’ve had the privilege of spending time with them on a personal level as we enjoyed lunch, hiking, a movie, shopping, a festival, or fabulous places like Gibbs Gardens and Tellus Museum. I’ve also accompanied them in goodwill projects, such as a one-mile road cleanup, and a visit to a nursing home to teach them that “Old people need love too!” In my many hours of mentoring,  I have never heard a negative word from any of the children relative to the care they receive at ACES.  On the contrary, when one of the staff is away on vacation or sick leave, I’ve witnessed that person being welcomed back with creative signs and huge hugs. I also had one young lady (who had been in shelters most of her life), tell me that ACES was the best place she had ever lived.... 


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