Letters to the Editor

From May 13, 2006

I-933

It protects your property rights

I-933 is a property fairness initiative to uphold the U.S. Constitution and fairly compensate landowners for property taken by eminent domain or declared unusable by draconian governmental regulations and laws.

Government’s continued assault against the rights of citizens to develop their property for personal use or investment was fought successfully by the residents of Oregon. The state of Oregon challenged the constitutionality of their citizen’s initiative and lost.

This liberally-controlled state’s adoption of the GMA (Growth Management Act) is a similar assault on property rights and personal freedoms. Government’s desire is to regulate personal property by zoning land usage and development standards at a stroke of the brush and without consideration of landowner investments.

Legislators and environmentalists in this state have not connected the dots when it comes to the Bill of Rights. The Fifth Amendment simply states “nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation.”

Property owners and developers are not evil and have no desire to destroy the environment. The over-reaction and negative response by liberal environmentalists and Democrats against this initiative is an attack on personal freedom.

I-933 is reminding legislators that property rights and personal freedoms matter and are guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

DEAN JENNIGES

Bremerton

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