Thursday, October 05, 2006

Leave My Space Alone

I’m seeing tons of campaign ads against Initiative 933 on TV and I’m hearing them all over the radio as well. They keep telling everyone how it is a bad idea and that everyone is against it. It claims to destroy farmland and cost taxpayers money. So I decided to go to the Secretary of State’s site to find out exactly what I-933 is all about.
If you have any interest in reading it, here is the entire initiative. If you’re too lazy to read six pages, so be it. I-933 essentially restricts government agencies from placing more restrictions on private property. All new restrictions must specifically state which pieces of property will be restricted and how, as well as how the public welfare will benefit from these restrictions. Any agency placing a restriction that would reduce the existing market value of any non-publicly owned property must provide compensation to the owners of said properties equal to the reduced market value of their property.
What does this initiative do? It says that my property belongs to me and is in my control. As long as I do not endanger myself or my neighbors with the use of my land, it’s mine to do with as I wish. If I want to plant fruit trees in my front yard and along the side of my house, that’s my business not the governments. If I want to cut down the trees in my back yard to get a better view of the lake, that’s also my business. If I want to sell the family farm to a developer who wants to build a new movie theater, it’s mine to sell, then it’s theirs to develop.
This initiative would definitely be a step in the right direction and I like it. It’s only a small step in the right direction but a step nonetheless.

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Polka Dotted Pickles said...

Sounds like good stuff to me. All this voting stuff reminds me of a guy at school yesterday who was walking around campus, yelling "Vote for Amendment ??-Legalize Marijuana for a better America". Very interesting topics! :)

Woody said...

ha,ha,ha,ha Was that kid really yelling that?! HA,ha,ha,ha!!!!

Anywho, I would love it if our town had such a nifty law/amendment thingy. But it doesn't hour overly smart and productive-we-don't-have-anything-else-to-do-so-why-don't-we-write-a--new-law city people, take all that you just said, and make then "Individual Laws"!
So if I want to plant a fruit tree in my back yard, I have to get a permit, and a note, or visible markings that the electric guy came and "checked before we dug". If I wanna cut down a tree, I will need a permit,a city worker, city forrester, annnnd A DNR person, to approve of it, then supervise it. Plus I have to haul it away. Yeah, its a mess in our town. What freedom you have!!

TBQelite said...

"A man is king of his own castle" or so it used to be.

This initiative is indeed a step in the right direction.