- David McCarthy
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but this doozy surely must have even hardcore Ramster's wincing ....
When more and more people began moving here, it wasn’t that I had asked them to do so; they just showed up. They were a blessing to the local community as they purchased land, homes, farms and buildings from landlocked owners who at times just wanted to sell to pay the back taxes owed.
Church Universal n Triumphant/Gardiner, MTThey built businesses, homes, enrolled their children in local schools, and in all was a boom to the local economy. To the “locals” and the small political machine active here, we were the “Mexicans comin’ to town.”
http://www.islandparknews.com/obit.php?sid=7348 . (DEAD LINK)
Fairfield IA/Transcendental Meditation
Beginning in 1970's under the code-name Project Normandy, Scientology began targeting Clearwater in order to "establish area control" of the city and county. The operations were exposed in a Pulitzer Prize winning series of articles in the Clearwater Sun.
Gabe Cazares, who was the mayor of Clearwater at the time, went so far as to call it "the occupation of Clearwater.”  and later characterized it as a "paramilitary operation by a terrorist group."
Scientology headquarters are located in downtown Clearwater and there remains ongoing controversy over the church's influence.
Note that Ms. Knight seems to be in a race with Ghandi for selflessness in the quote below:
The careful reader will note that Ms. Knight says, "I was able to help...," not, "I provided $1.2 million." To the same extent , I could say that I was instrumental in Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins going the moon in 1968. Yep, probably about $0.50 of my tax money went for paying for some obscure part of the Apollo Program budget. Yeah baby, I can say I had a hand in the moon landing though!In 1981, I was delighted to have purchased a run-down farm on the outskirts of Yelm. I love Yelm. Since that day I have endeavored to bring the spirit of community to our beloved town. Seeing through the lens of those long-ago memories, I was able to help buy wheelchairs and special mattresses for the sick, fix bad teeth for the poor, paint senior citizens’ homes, give help to the Nisqually Tribe before the Red Wind Casino was built, and provided more than $1.2 million in scholarships for Yelm graduating seniors. Some of these students returned to Yelm after their completion of higher education. All these good works came from the spirit of the community within me. Not once did I ever ask for any of the funds I gave to be paid back nor did I request of anyone that in exchange they should believe the way I do. It was and still is unconditional.
You've got to watch out for those memory lenses. Sometimes lenses impart distortion.
Nice try Judy.