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Letter’s to the Editor 5-25-2022

To the Editor:

An urgent matter has risen, dealing with the World Health Organization (WHO).  In 2005, the US agreed to the WHO’s International Health Regulations (IHR).  Earlier this year, the US submitted a number of amendments to the IHR which overrides and supersedes the US Constitution and would give the WHO more power and control over US citizen’s health related rights and freedoms. 

One of the amendments state that if a POTENTIAL or actual public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) is occurring, it gives the WHO Director General (DG) power to designate a health emergency without the agreement of the 194 nation members.  This would eliminate the consensus of the nation members.  Currently each nation has sovereignty over health issues in their country but this amendment would eliminate that.  Also it would give the six regional directors the power to enact emergency restrictions over their region of the world.

The WHO Assembly meets from May 22 to 28 at which time these amendments will be voted on.  If approved it will come back to the US Senate where it can be approved by a simple majority.

Besides this, WHO’s Intergovernmental Negotiating Body is actively negotiating an International “Treaty on Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness and Response.”  This treaty would be in addition to the amendments.  This treaty is in the creation stage.

The amendments would give the WHO GD an enormous amount of power.  Someone once said that the definition of a dictator is one who has absolute control and absolute power during an emergency.  If the amendments to the IHR are passed by WHO’s Assembly and our US Senate, then that is exactly what we will have created.  This is a huge step for the One World Order.  For more information, go to DontYouDare.INFO.

If this sounds like something that you don’t want, write your congress members.

JoAnn Utphall


Letter to the editor- 

Dunn County Supervisors and taxpayers’ money

After following Dunn County Committee meetings on zoom for some time now with COVID related issues being the culprit. I have a background in technology working at a local University. Having said that, I followed Dunn County and its meetings, and I observed the former county manager pursued getting all 29 County board supervisors a laptop computer. His reasoning was all the department reports for standing committees could be electronically viewed saving much money in paper reports. Presumably, this saves Dunn County taxpayers money which is a plus these days. In recent committee meetings I’m seeing paper being read by supervisors. I must ask are these paper copies of department reports and how did they get them? Also, I can’t count the times I heard the phrase; “You’re muted” or “your mic is off”. I can understand when technology is new there is a learning curve for a time, but basic skills should be accomplished by now. Simple things like changing the password on a laptop or accessing files which could be department reports for standing committees. I have witnessed the CIO of the County aiding supervisors in past meetings that’s one expensive desktop support person in my book, must be a good reason. If County Board Supervisors are getting paper reports now, they need to be printing out these reports on their own printer and not county resources. This is a waste of technology and technology isn’t cheap.

My suggestion is that the Chairs of all standing Committees take the lead and make sure the standing committee members know the basic functions needed in a meeting. How to turn mics on and off, or how to look at monthly reports online. Paper costs can be huge in an organization like Dunn County or at a university where I worked. Dunn County taxpayers should not be paying for paper reports when technology is in place saving taxpayers money. This is a stewardship function of taxpayer’s money.

Terry Nichols

Town of Colfax

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