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Editor’s Note: An abridged version of this editorial appeared in the September 2010 Loggers Voice – MAB

By Mike Beardsley – September 2010

Property rights: the ability to hold and dispose of property in any manner one sees fit, are at   the heart of liberty, the principle on which this nation was founded. America’s founders understood that property rights are not just the foundation of prosperity but of freedom. It has been enshrined in both common and state law.  The framers of our Constitution understanding the tendency of government toward tyranny and its long established history of taking private property, included specific language concerning the taking of property in the Fifth Amendment: “No Person shall…be deprived of life, liberty, or property without just compensation.” Today however, many in America are being indoctrinated that property should be preserved for the benefit of the public and public use.  Simultaneously governments, at the local, state, and federal levels, have endeavored to obtain lands for “the public good”…

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