What Do You Think?

July 03, 2005

Editor's note: Each week, The Herald-Mail invites readers to answer poll questions on its Web site, Readers also may submit comments about the poll question when voting. Each Sunday, a sampling of reader comments will appear in The Herald-Mail.

Last week's poll question was: Should local government be allowed to take homes and businesses through eminent domain for the purpose of building office complexes, shopping centers or other similar private endeavors?

"The Not-So-Supreme Court has opened the door to greed, corruption and political abuse. It will be especially prevalent in small towns where the politicians are controlled by the wealthy few and the wealthy few only want more. This is so un-American, I'm genuinely scared of what's next."

"This is appalling. Maybe Congress could stop wasting its time on flag-burning constitutional amendments long enough to do something about this outrageous assault on the right to private property. There's a constitutional amendment worth having."


"Hey folks, they're just setting you up for the last days (which we are in) when government will tell you where to live, how to live, etc. ... Hold onto your seats."

"I am vehemently against government land acquisition, but why is it such a surprise to everyone? The feds have been doing it since 1864. By the time they're done, we'll all be on reservations. But at least they will be creating jobs for everyone and we can all live happily ever after."

"Instead of worrying about flag burning (which seldom happens) and prayer in schools (which any student can do any time he or she chooses), Congress should be concerned about the property rights of Americans. With this power, no wonder voters are concerned about developers backing candidates for local office."

"Well, friends and neighbors, I think we all should brace ourselves because there are dark clouds on America's horizon. These 'land grabs' are a scary first step. I am completely shocked that this is allowed to occur."

"Yes, the courts have interpreted the current laws to say that you can lose your house through eminent domain. That doesn't mean new laws cannot be passed to tighten the controls. This might be worth a new amendment to strengthen/clarify what the Founding Fathers put in the 5th."

"This doesn't surprise me too much. The government keeps leaning toward 'a people for the government,' and not 'a government for the people.' And it's not limited to one political party. Democrats and Republicans alike are out of touch with working America. Where will this lead us?"

"We are losing many young lives in Iraq so that they are a democratic state. But now we want to have Big Brother in the U.S. I think not. Maybe Iraq will send their military to free the United States from our own Big Brother. Wake up, America, and take our country back from Big Brother (government)."

"There's a word used to describe the Supreme Court ruling on eminent domain. The word is communism."

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