In the mid-'70s, the Ford Foundation funded a land-use planning study at a local university. The result was a land-use bill that passed both houses and became law. Dixie Leavitt was a great supporter of that bill. When the citizens read the bill, we realized all private land in the state would be turned over to the government. We would be told if we could plant a garden and what color to paint our house. In debates with proponents of the bill, we would read the bill. They never would show the citizens the wording but would tell us what it meant. Guess we were too stupid, or lazy, to understand the bill. Through a lot of work and sacrifice, we defeated that bill and the fluoride bill in the same election.

Once again, individuals are calling for a common plan for managing growth. Marilyn Karras' "No more corridor" article is an old family refrain. That's my property you wish to take and control, Ms. Karras. Such action is prohibited by the commandment of "Thou shalt not steal." By the way, your philosophy to bring "the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan" is the seventh plank of the communist manifesto and contrary to the Constitution.So, the apologists for socialism will claim, land use is prudent and fluoride is acceptable. However, our governor may realize that medicating a population without prior medical check-up may be considered a violation of standard medical practice and libel to lawsuit and criminal prosecution. And one day, he will also realize the Constitution was his greatest friend and guide, but he ignored it, trampled it, tore it up. Why didn't he support the Legislature in getting our land back from the national government? He used to talk about states' rights and the Constitution. Guess it was just to get elected.

Daniel L. Cooper

Pleasant Grove