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Sunday, December 04, 2005

Eminent Domain and Our Vanishing Property Rights

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

English philosopher Edmund Burke

Over the next 30 days, Grassfire.org Alliance, one of the fastest growing online activist organizations, is committed to seeing that the US Supreme Court reverses its Eminent Domain decision and restore the Fifth Amendment to its original intent.

Grassfire is calling on at least 100,000 citizens to sign a petition the petition calling for a reversal in the court’s decision.

“For more than 200 years the Fifth Amendment has protected the property rights of citizens by restricting the government's right of eminent domain. In fact, the exact language reads, "nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation."

Since the founding of our nation, "public use" was interpreted to mean use for something like a school, roads, power stations, water treatment facilities, bridges--anything that was government owned and operated for the benefit of its citizens.

Now with this ruling, "public use" means anything that could increase tax revenue for a city. This jeopardizes anyone and everyone, and leaves the door open for widespread abuse!

Take Action and Take Back Your Rights!"

Please take a moment to add your name to the national petition by clicking below:
http://www.grassfire.org/65/petition.asp?PID=10236168&NID=1

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Lake Bridgeport Poll Results

Question: What concerns you most about the rapid changes coming to Lake Bridgeport?

Now that the poll is closed, here are the top four answers:

Tied for 1st place: Lake traffic and overdevelopment, and Lake levels and drought

Tied for 2nd place: Poor dangerous roads, road upkeep, and too much traffic, and Water availability and/or quality of wells

For a complete breakdown of the poll results join the Lake Bridgeport News discussion group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/lakebridgeportnews/

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Wise County Sheriff’s Department to Patrol Our Traffic

Wise County Sheriff, David Walker, has alerted us that because of the large number of complaints to the Sheriff’s department concerning fast traffic due to construction in the new North Star Pointe area, traffic units will patrol the area for the next few days.

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