Speaker paints property rights issue in stark terms

by Charlie Koenig - Posted on Sep 21, 2011 - 03:46 PM

Photo: Michael Coffman of Bangor, Me. was the guest speaker in a program about “Your Property Rights & Liberty,” held on Tuesday at the American Legion building in Hudgins. Photo by Charlie Koenig.

Michael Coffman of Bangor, Me. was the guest speaker in a program about “Your Property Rights & Liberty,” held on Tuesday at the American Legion building in Hudgins. Photo by Charlie Koenig.

Several hundred people crammed into the American Legion building in Hudgins Tuesday night to hear a presentation on what featured speaker Michael Coffman termed "a network of control (that is) forcing us down the road to totalitarianism."

The heavily-publicized meeting, titled "Your Property Rights & Liberty," was sponsored by the Concerned Citizens of the Mid Peninsula Committee, a group that claims that local planning officials are unwittingly doing the bidding of the United Nations, attempting to establish global governance under the guise of sustainable development.

The large crowd that turned out included a number of local candidates and officials, who were recognized by committee member Tricia Stall at the start of the program.

Among those in attendance, she said, were Keith Hodges (GOP candidate for 98th District, House of Delegates), Linda Wall (independent candidate for 59th District, House of Delegates), county supervisors O.J. Cole and Neena Putt, commissioner of the revenue candidates Les Hall and Doug Critchell, and supervisor candidates Ruth Litschewski and Patrick Beattie. She also paused to recognize Carole Adams of Chesapeake, president of the Foundation for American Christian Education (FACE).