Petition Tag - regional

1. Bring Disc Golf to Laguna Niguel Regional Park

The Laguna Niguel Disc Golf Club is proposing the installation of an 18-hole disc golf course in Laguna Niguel Regional Park. Total cost of the project is estimated at $15,000.00.

There are now more than 2000 Disc Golf courses in the United States and Canada, nearly all installed by city and county parks departments. They have found that there are few recreational activities that offer the high benefit-to-cost ratio of disc golf. Disc golf has relatively low capital and maintenance costs compared with other recreational installations, is environmentally sound, is played year-round in all climates and is enjoyed immediately even by beginners of all ages.

The installation of a disc golf course would be consistent with the stated goals of the recently revised master plan for Laguna Niguel, one of which is to “Plan for new high-quality recreation facilities and programs that provide spontaneous games and more non-organized activities to meet the needs of teenagers and adults alike.” Disc golf is also in perfect keeping with the plan's call for the “development and improvement of a system of public and private parks and recreation facilities achieved in cooperation with private community associations.”

What Is Disc Golf?
Disc Golf is played much like traditional golf. Instead of hitting a ball into a hole, you throw a more streamlined looking Frisbee® disc into a supported metal basket. The goal is the same: to complete the course in the fewest number of shots. A golf disc is thrown from a tee area to each basket, which is the "hole." As players progress down the fairway, they must make each consecutive shot from the spot where the previous throw has landed. The trees, shrubs and terrain changes in and around the fairways provide challenging obstacles for the golfer. Finally, the "putt" lands in the basket and the hole is completed.

Who Can Play?
The simple answer is that everyone can. In studies measuring participation in recreational activities, "throwing a Frisbee" has consistently been a top-ten activity. A disc golf course serves a broader portion of the community than many narrower interest activities with higher cost, skill or fitness levels required to even begin to play. Men and women, young and old, families with small children -- all can play disc golf. Because disc golf is so easy to understand and enjoy, no one is excluded. Players merely match their pace to their capabilities and proceed from there.

How Much Does It Cost To Play?
Many courses are located in city or regional parks where citizens play free. Most private and several public facilities will charge up to $5 per day to play, or earn passive income from annual passes and/or fees to enter the park. The equipment itself is quite inexpensive – discs designed for golf sell for $8-$15 each and only one is needed to get started.

The installation of a disc golf course in Laguna Niguel Regional Park would benefit the surrounding community by increasing and enhancing recreational opportunities, park safety and conservation goals.

Recreational Needs: A disc golf course would provide an inexpensive form of recreation for people of all age and skill levels and be a much needed addition to the recreational facilities at Laguna Niguel Regional Park. The installation of a disc golf course would provide an important recreational resource for the schools surrounding the park, as well as for the wider community. A disc golf course would give youth in the neighborhood a healthy and challenging outlet for their energies and would allow members of the Laguna Niguel Disc Golf Club to organize clinics and youth leagues on their behalf. For the growing number of disc golfers in Laguna Niguel, the presence of a disc golf course in the city limits would obviate the need to travel to play and would give them a base from which to further promote the sport.

Safety: A disc golf course at Laguna Niguel Regional Park would increase foot traffic in the Park at random times during the day and steadily during evenings and weekends. The influx of purposeful visitors would discourage the presence of individuals who are only in the park to cause mischief and perhaps engage in crime. Areas that are infrequently used and considered unsafe would be "opened-up" by the course. As many of the attached letters from different Recreations Departments show (Annex II), the installation of a disc golf course has led to significant decreases in vandalism and litter as users have a stake in keeping the course and surrounding area clean and well-kept.

Conservation: Disc golf can be an environment-friendly sport. Unlike traditional golf, a disc golf course may not require trees to be removed; grass mowed and watered daily, plants uprooted or non-native species planted. Many courses can be designed to fit into the existing flora of a park like Laguna Niguel Regional Park. The impact of a disc golf course on the surrounding area is minimal. Each hole has multiple pin placements, ensuring that no one area gets constant foot traffic (this has the added benefit of providing new challenges to players). In addition, disc golfers overall tend to take great pride in where they play, helping reduce potential litter on the course. In the long-term, a disc golf course would also help in the preservation of the park by giving young people in the neighborhood a stake in its preservation and protection.

Economics: A deluxe 18-hole disc golf course with two sets of tees, professional signs and baskets can be purchased and installed for under $15,000, less than the cost of a single tennis or basketball court. An 18-hole course can serve more than 100 people at any time, compared with a tennis court (4 maximum) or basketball court (10 maximum). The cumulative square footage of 27 x 60 sq. ft hard surface tee pads is also less than either a basketball or tennis court.

2. Ratification of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages in Greece

The Macedonian-speaking population in Greece is indigenous to the land, and their Macedonian language holds an vital place in their hearts and minds. However, the people cannot defend themselves from the Greek government's assimilation policies alone. For over 100 years, the Greek language has been forcibly imposed on us, and the state has tried to bring our ancestral linguistic heritage to extinction.

Linguistic diversity is an important part of the diversity of life. When a language is threatened, it also threatens the cultural traditions and social fabric of local communities, making the world more fragile, more vulnerable, and less hopeful for the future.

Article 22 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union states that “The Union shall respect cultural, religious and linguistic diversity”.
The Charter was proclaimed in 2000 and has become legally binding on the EU with the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon, in December 2009.

Article 3.3 of the Treaty of the European Union stipulates that “(…) The Union shall respect its rich cultural and linguistic diversity and shall ensure that Europe’s cultural heritage is safeguarded and enhanced.”

Επικύρωση του Ευρωπαϊκού Χάρτη για της Περιφερειακές η Μειονοτικές Γλώσσες στην Ελλάδα

Οι μακεδονόφωνοι Μακεδόνες στην Ελλάδα είναι γηγενής πληθυσμός στη γη του, και η μακεδονική γλώσσα κατέχει μια ζωτικής σημασίας θέση στις καρδιές και το μυαλό τους. Ωστόσο, οι άνθρωποι αυτοί δεν μπορούν μόνοι τους να υπερασπιστούν τους εαυτούς τους από τις πολιτικές αφομοίωσης της ελληνικής κυβέρνησης. Για πάνω από 100 χρόνια, η ελληνική γλώσσα έχει επιβληθεί δια της βίας σε εμάς, και το κράτος προσπάθησε να φέρει την προγονική γλωσσική μας κληρονομιά να απειλείται με εξαφάνιση.

Η γλωσσική πολυμορφία είναι ένα σημαντικό μέρος της πολυμορφίας της ζωής. Όταν μια γλώσσα απειλείται, απειλούνται επίσης οι πολιτιστικές παραδόσεις και ο κοινωνικός ιστός των τοπικών κοινωνιών, κάνοντας τον κόσμο πιο εύθραυστο, πιο ευάλωτο, και λιγότερο αισιόδοξο για το μέλλον.

Το άρθρο 22 του Χάρτη των Θεμελιωδών Δικαιωμάτων της Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης ορίζει ότι «Η Ένωση σέβεται την πολιτιστική, θρησκευτική και γλωσσική πολυμορφία». Ο Χάρτης διακηρύχθηκε το 2000 και έχει καταστεί νομικά δεσμευτικός για την ΕΕ με την έναρξη ισχύος της Συνθήκης της Λισαβόνας, τον Δεκέμβριο του 2009.

Το άρθρο 3.3 της Συνθήκης για την Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση ορίζει ότι «(...) Η Ένωση σέβεται τον πλούτο της πολιτιστικής και γλωσσικής της πολυμορφίας και μεριμνά για την προστασία και την ανάπτυξη της πολιτιστικής κληρονομιάς της Ευρώπης."

3. People Power for our Pool

Sign up to ask the Federal Government to help pay for Frankston’s new pool so ratepayers don’t carry the full burden…

• Research indicates there is a gap in the region for quality aquatic leisure and well-being facilities;

• The proposed aquatic centre at Samuel Sherlock Reserve, Frankston is a regional aquatic solution, creating a contemporary purpose built space providing long-term health and well-being benefits, hundreds of local jobs and an estimated 500,000 visitors to the region each year;

• The previous Victorian Government has already invested $12.5 million to the project, this is to ask for a contribution from the Federal Government;

• The proposed features of the aquatic centre will include: a 51.5m Olympic size swimming pool; a learn to swim and leisure pool with play area; café; gymnasium; waterslides; splash deck; warm water therapy pool, spa and sauna; crèche; and health and wellness centre.

4. Time to Become a Sovereign State

Go read for your self what is going on in this nation.

The facts are in now the decision must be made.

5. Increase Reservoir Storage on Aberdeen Plateau

Enough studies! Construct new and larger reservoir(s) on the Aberdeen Plateau for years when snow/rainfall is heavy so our beautiful community and properties are sustained in dry years.

6. Introduction of teaching program at UniSA Whyalla Campus

There is a need and opportunity for the University of South Australia to offer a teaching degree in Whyalla. This opportunity will address the critical skills shortage in the area of teaching, especially in regional and rural areas of South Australia, ( the Electorate of Grey) Teachers are of the utmost importance to the future of our society, and we believe and are concerned about the educational disadvantage faced by families and students, in Whyalla and surrounding areas.

We have a wonderful campus here, training country students who wish to teach, here in Whyalla will enable us to retain our teachers. It is important that regional students have more options of what, where and how they study. Retention of teachers (and young people) in regional areas is such an important issue.

7. Toastmasters International: allow each Region the right to decide if they wish to host a Regional Conference in one of their Districts

Recently, Toastmasters International Board of Directors cancelled the right for District Regions to host Regional Conferences.

The Regional Conferences, just like District Conferences provides Toastmaster members the opportunity to learn, network and broaden the Toastmasters horizons at a very reasonable cost. The Regional Conference Team made up of the host District, provides all the support and efforts at no cost to the Toastmasters International Board of Directors. The Regional Conference, to the best of my knowledge, has not lost any money and therefore usually either breaks even, or makes money for the host District. The only cost that may be associated is the cost for an International Director to be present at the Conference, but this can be decided by the Regional Conference Team.

This decision should not be up to the ID Board, but should be a decision that is made at the Regional and District levels.

8. Prevent NJ DCF Regional Schools across NJ from closing!

The DCF Regional Schools across NJ are very beneficial to disabled, “at-risk” high school students (students who would regularly have to drop out or fail in the traditional public school setting because of legal troubles, parole, multiple explosions, etc…) and pregnant and parenting teens who want the best for their futures and the futures of their babies and don’t want to be another static and drop out.

The State of New Jersey wants to get rid of these programs to “save approx 4,000,000 dollars in the 09-10 year” but think of all the welfare costs that are going to skyrocket if the 500+ students who attend a DCF Regional School across NJ have to drop out because of lack of accommodations, childcare, and because they just can’t mesh with the normal high school setting. Most school districts do not provide any form of childcare for teen students who have infants and toddlers.

The Project TEACH (Teen Education and Child Health) educates teen mothers about proper care and nutrition for their children on top of letting them get their high school credits and finish high school months earlier than the traditional high school student.

Please help keep our schools open!

9. Restore Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center In Plainfield, NJ

We are a coalition of the People's Organization for Progress(POP)/Restore Muhlenberg Coalition/Buy Muhlenberg.

We are an alliance of citizens who are very concerned about the devastating effects that the closing of Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center has on Plainfield, the surrounding 13 communities and over 200,000 people. We are worried about the rescue squads that are now saddled with longer travel distances and slower response times to medical emergencies. We are also very concerned about the additional burden placed on the other over-crowded area hospitals where medical care has been compromised.

Muhlenberg is an essential hospital that must be restored so please don't be afraid to share comments and personal experiences about the after-effects of Muhlenberg's closing when signing the petition.

We meet every Monday at 6:30PM at the Ducret School of Art, 1030 Central Ave, Plainfield, NJ 07060. All are welcome.

The coalition also has a Yahoo! groups listing. Please visit the website and add your name to the e-mail list:

10. Save Our Country Hospitals

On the 6th Of June 2008, The South Australian Government released the Country Health Care Plan, A plan that could see up to 43 regional hospitals downgraded.

This would force rural residence to travel further away from their families and communities to get the care they need.

11. Favourite Shows of Southern Cross Viewers

In early 2008 Channel Ten Australia began a second service known as Ten HD.

In order to promote this service, Ten moved several shows to the new service for "exclusive" viewing. These shows are listed below:

- The Shield
- Veronica Mars
- Smallville
- Battlestar Galactica
- Journeyman
- The 4400

Since the start of this petition, other shows have been moved to 10HD:

- Torchwood
- Psych
- Monk
- Sporting events such as Nascar, F1 and NFL

And even some first-run shows such as Eureka and Friday Night Lights.

Unfortunately, Channel Ten's affiliate regional station, Southern Cross, was not able to set up its multi-casting HD systems in time and so regional viewers of these shows are unable to see them in any legal format.

While these shows are not high-rating in Australia, they have a very loyal fan base and many regional viewers are feeling discriminated against by being forced to miss these shows.

12. Bring Quizmania back to WIN Television a regional Channel 9 Station

Quizmania is on from midnight still 3am in the morning! Its Channel 9 midnight game show and used to be on WIN Television about 2 months ago....

WIN Televison is a Regional Station Which plays the same shows as Channel 9 except Quizmania.

WIN Televison has the show from the start untill 2 months ago.

I really miss the show.

13. Support for Gwent Dragons

June 7, 2006

As a counter measure to the request by 40 Dragons Fans to make the Region the Newport Black and Ambers and provide Newport regional stand alone status.

We, the undersigned, would like to propose a counter measure of the Gwent Dragons actually retaining their title and becoming a real Welsh region with a balanced board of directors containing members of all of the regions member clubs, covering Gwent and the dis-enfranchised region containing Pontypridd and Brigend RFC.

This team will play at a neutral venue and seek to court the support of all regional member clubs. Current Head Coach, Paul Turner, is to remain in charge with the current squad. A new benefactor is to be sought by the new board of directors, and a proposal is to be generated for the development of sports facilities for the region at a central and neutral location, on main transport access routes, for all sports, with a stadium and running track.

This proposal is to be submitted to the Welsh Parliament and National Lottery for funding support, amongst other sources.

The on line link to the original proposal is identified below.

14. Save Cedar Park Animal Control

May 10, 2006

This petition is limited to the residents of Cedar Park City, Texas.

Cedar Park has proposed to join a Regional Williamson County Animal Shelter. This facility will house cats and dogs from Cedar Park, Leander, Round Rock, Hutto, and the unincorporated areas of the county. The shelter proposed will have only 64 dog runs, 35 of which will be dedicated as adoption pens.

Presently Cedar Park Animal Control, which euthanizes only in very extreme cases, has 32 dog runs which adequately services the City of Cedar Park.

The new facility will not have the room for all four cities and the unicorporated area, and will inevitably resort to euthanization as a way to control their demand on resources and available pens. With this much area of responsibility they cannot adequately service conscientiously the citizenry they are responsible for.

Animal Control of Cedar Park is not allowed to advertise en masse its adoption services and and is allowed no ability to fundraise or promote itself in outreach programs.

We would like to request the City of Cedar Park not only to keep its Animal Control, instead of resorting to the regional facilty, but to allow Animal Control to perform functions that will help them in service to the citizenry of Cedar Park.

15. Support Taiwan's bid to UN

Update: September 1, 2007

Please sign the updated petition at the following link Online petition - Support UN Membership for Taiwan.

The TECRO Press Release promoting the new petition can be found here.


The Republic of China (Taiwan) is a free and peace-loving state, and its democratically elected government is the only one that represents the interests and wishes of the people of Taiwan.

Taiwan is the only nation not represented in the global assembly. The United Nations' exclusion of Taiwan violates the principles and spirit of the UN Charter, in particular the fundamental principle of universality, and of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Taiwan and its 23 million people are capable of making significant contributions to many UN efforts around the globe. Taiwan is also eager to do its part to combat such international problems as regional conflict, terrorism, drug trafficking, organized crime, and environmental degradation. However, Taiwan is denied an important means of collaborating with international partners. This unnecessarily complicates the task at hand and hampers efforts to deal with such critical issues.

Moreover, as we enter the tenth anniversary of the 1996 Taiwan Strait Missile Crisis, the recent missile tests by North Korea have once again raised grave concerns throughout the international community. From this perspective, Taiwan’s allies have expanded the scope of areas with security concerns in the peace proposal to include all East Asian countries rather than just the Taiwan Strait. They stress that certain countries in the region engage in the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction as well as missile deployment or testing, thereby escalating regional tension and affecting world peace.

Taiwan is a democratic nation that respects human rights, freedom, and peace. Taiwan meets all the requirements of UN membership. It makes little sense that Taiwan is ignored when considering the fact that Taiwan serves as a model for freedom and democracy in the Asia-Pacific and a beacon of hope for those living under communist rule. To safeguard peace, the United Nations has to facilitate the necessary dialogue between Taiwan and the People's Republic of China.

Please support Taiwan and help it gain representation in the United Nations.

16. Help preserve our heritage - Save the ADI site as a nature reserve!


In a matter of weeks a contract which will see the sale of the Federal Government's Comland, the owner of the ADI site, to Lend Lease, will be finalised.

Lend Lease claims the development will create jobs for western Sydney as well as provide much-needed housing.

It also claims the 850-hectare regional park, to be managed by the National Parks and Wildlife Service, will protect the environmental values of the area.

The State Government has already rezoned the land for development as well as the creation of a 850-hectare regional park.

However, the ADI Resident Action Group, wants the entire site saved. This is supported by some of NSW's top scientists who claim that any housing on the site would lead to extinctions of many endangered species.

17. Allow Jesse McGowan to the 2003 Prom

Jesse McGowan has been attending Lakeland Regional High School for three consecutive years on good standing. Recently, Jesse was in a situation of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, and consequently was asked to sign out of school in the middle of his senior year. As the school year progresses and we narrow down the days until graduation, Jesse is aware of all the student activities he will not be involved in, but it is his our plea that he be allowed to attend the 2003 Lakeland Regional High School Prom.

18. Dial-a-ride bus service should support Pine Mountain

In brief the kern regional transit bus department in Kern County CA USA is restricting service to pine mountain club. During the summer they had a pilot service to pine mountain but come winter they closed down. Atop this the dial-a-ride service does not support Pine Mountain. Ultimately there is no public transportation to Pine Mountain in Pine Mountain leaving population who require public transportation "out of luck."

19. Support More Effective Scenic Protection in the Lake Tahoe Basin

Support the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency's efforts to pass stricter scenic guidelines for building along the lakeshore of Lake Tahoe.

20. Kevin Smith movies on DVD

Clerks, Mallrats and Chasing Amy are all great movies made, produced and directored by Kevin Smith, but the only problem is that they can only be bought from the american werbsite and only work if u have american regional encoding which may only be released until later this year at earliest december.

21. More sidewalks in residential areas

We as disabled people and nondisabled people need to come together to get sidewalks installed in the areas where we live. I am in a wheelchair and was having to be in the street to get home from church one day last year and was hit by a car and was told that it was my fault so my lawyer dropped my case. So I would like to see that our city officials put sidewalks in our communities very quickly.