By Bill Gregory
The Roanoke Times editorial board sure is funny conjuring up U.N. helicopters (“Forward, not far out, in Roanoke County,” May 5 editorial). For those not familiar, Roanoke County decided to join ICLEI in 2007. At the time, little was known about the future downside of joining ICLEI. It was just some benign, smart-growth green-chutes-to-save-the-planet talk. It appeared to be a win-win for everybody.
I suspect the entire board of supervisors (who voted unanimously to join) had no idea what U.N. Agenda 21 was. At the same time, I would bet the local chapter of the Sierra Club and the Roanoke Valley Cool Cities Coalition knew exactly what U.N. Agenda 21 was when at least one Roanoke County employee visited a Sierra Club meeting to learn about ICLEI.
Gregory is a mechanical engineer and has been a Roanoke County resident for 20 years. His is chairman the Roanoke Tea Party’s Anti-U.N. Agenda 21 committee.