Tuesday, June 28, 2005

One! Viewpoint Supporting Eminent Domain Ruling

Lo and behold, there is one voice out there in support of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on eminent domain. See the editorial in today's Standard Examiner.

Here's a viewpoint from a community trying to deal with some pretty hefty blight and deterioration issues, and what it takes to do something about it.

"We hope that as lawmakers review the court's decision and formulate plans for their 2006 session, they will recognize there are legitimate areas of blight in Ogden, and that whatever legislation is considered should make allowance for such reality," the ed writer says. "Ogden's trying to turn things around, and its efforts should not be hampered by lawmakers who cannot take the time to see for themselves what obstacles the city faces in its quest for revival."

Like I've said, over-the-top rhetoric does not serve anyone well on this issue. There are indeed situations where eminent domain may be useful, even necessary to carry out a community improvement. Utah legislators should carefully define what those situations are and make some allowances, not just throw the baby out with the bathwater.

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