Abuse of government power may be closer to home than the IRS going after the Tea Party. When local government officials use the power of their office to fine, intimidate or try to silence opposition to their schemes to raise our taxes, a light needs to be shined on their underhanded actions to advance their bigger government goals.

To the Editor:

Abuse of government power may be closer to home than the IRS going after the Tea Party. When local government officials use the power of their office to fine, intimidate or try to silence opposition to their schemes to raise our taxes, a light needs to be shined on their underhanded actions to advance their bigger government goals.

If you live in Liberty Township and do any work from home, you will want to know that the township may make you give them $600 with an application to detail why you should be allowed to do this.

I am on the front line of opposing township tax increases. One could easily suspect that because I am often against the majority of Liberty Township officials' positions, they have reason to intimidate or try to silence the opposition. Liberty Township supposedly received an anonymous call alleging that I was operating a business in my home. Based on that call, Liberty Township cited me April 25 for violating a zoning code that says one must file for a home occupation waiver if there is "any professional business activity" in the home.

This code was written well before Al Gore invented the Internet and, today, is so vague, it's almost laughable. For the township to selectively cite me with this is an abuse of their power. There have been no other citations for violation of this code in nearly two years. At a board meeting, Curt Sybert said, "I have never seen a citation issued where there hasn't been a business being run out of the home. That's plain and simple"

Well, Liberty Township, I don't run a business out of my house. Like hundreds of other Liberty Township residents, I do some work from home. I am a commissioned sales person for a manufacturer of furniture who finds people to buy furniture from that company. I just get a paycheck for the orders I write. I don't personally sell anything. I collect no money. I never warehouse or receive merchandise for sale. No one comes to my home for business purposes. There are no signs, no trucks, and none of our vehicles have any business markings or signage.

If you give piano lessons, sell Avon, Mary Kay, 31 Gifts, and countless of other products, or if you are a Realtor, attorney, personal trainer, or any other professional who may do some work from home, then the township's argument against me would apply equally to you. In fact, Sybert is on record saying that even he makes business phone calls from home. Why hasn't he been cited?

Isn't it interesting that after 25 years of working from home, someone decided to complain with an anonymous phone call? There is a hearing at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, at the Liberty Road Fire Station to decide if I'm allowed to work from home.

Some day, government could punish you for your political opinions. Only the voter can stop government from abuse of their power.

Mike Gemperline