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Letter to the Editor: The Truth About Local Self-Government | Opinion

The truth about local autonomy

Local self-government began with the recognition of individual rights protecting freedom and taking into account inalienable rights. State autonomy represents the doctrine that created the Confederacy of States, declaring a revolutionary war with England rejecting colonial rule that acted in the name of corporate influence. At the end of this war, the Articles of Confederation were rewritten by a constitution forming “this United States of America”. This was inspired by corporations and their investors to streamline trade with regards to growing as a centralized nation. Until this centralization, local self-government governed the 13 states, including boroughs, cities and townships.

Local self-government was co-opted by the Home Rule Doctrine, and each state could independently choose whether its constitution recognized this doctrine. New Hampshire, the ‘live free or die’ state, turned away from local autonomy and instead specifically stated that any local government authority would be decided by the state and not by the needs and wishes of governing bodies local. This governance structure is known as the doctrine of Dillon’s rule, according to which municipalities are mere tenants of the state and therefore members of the community waive our inalienable rights under a republican form of government. representative.

New Hampshire reflected the arrangement of its state constitution after the Articles of Confederation, having its first part the Bill of Rights, followed by the duties of the branches of the state’s governmental powers. The state retained the town meeting process by which municipalities were authorized to make ordinances (law), but only regarding matters that the state authorized (authorized).

Here, I testify to the blunder of the moral person. We the people must be governed by our consent. Our differences and opinions are always caught up in power struggles for equality, indifference to who rules our collective at all. It is problematic that corporations are recognized as having human rights. Endowed with inalienable and civil rights recognized by the courts, the moral personality upset the whole ideal of freedom and equality. The judges, by their decisions recognizing legal personality, pulled the rug out from under the feet of all the inhabitants of each commune.

Properly understood, local autonomy with all the responsibilities of civility, patience and human decency would follow a brighter path. Without it, we as a nation will never be able to solve the problems of this nation. I am personally of the view that local self-government takes precedence when it is a right and not a privilege bestowed by the state, with due respect to all humanity and central representative governmental authority, from bottom to high.

Teresa R. Cabrera

The author Teresa R. Cabrera