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Letter: ‘Smart growth’ is really about government control

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Posted: Saturday, May 17, 2014 12:00 am

John Beckman is a wise and decent man, a sharp guy in business and otherwise, but definitely not anti-sprawl. Development is his business, sprawl is his livelihood. We do need houses and jobs, but personally, unrestrained growth at all costs doesn’t appeal to me.

John Beckman’s letter, “Smart Growth America report praises Stockton,” grabbed my interest, and I must have read it a half-dozen times before my conspiratorial mind kicked in and jump-started my biblical perspective on what “smart growth” really is.

When discussing “smart growth,” the key terms are “sustainable” and “development.” These terms define and imply the necessity of controlling and managing our natural resources and the global population as planned for and spelled out by the United Nations Agenda 21.

Smart growth isn’t as much about anti-sprawl as it is about government control.

William Van Amber Fields


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