There is a fine line between paranoia and survival, especially these days. Take for example, the devastated property owners in New Orleans. The natural disaster in itself clearly wreaked havoc on their lives. Then, they had to sit and wait for the help that they are repeatedly told is coming, but does not, and the fear that grows inside them, of that dreaded phrase, "eminent domain," seems now closer to a reality than just fear. Paranoia or insight?

President Bush just recently stated in the news "You just wait and see, there is going to be a building boom in New Orleans." OK, then why hasn't there been? Why have the residents had to drive by the thousands of trailers that were sent there to rebuild their lives but instead they are sitting empty? One man had to chain himself to one of the trailers in order to get the sheriff's department to finally agree to deliver it the next day. Done, as agreed, but now they won't hook up the utilities.

You wonder what I'm getting at? Here it is. With the new law before us that created a loophole (I call it a black hole) to steal land from the poor and give to the rich, natural disasters open the door for the developers and the government to take what is ours and make it theirs.

So, if New Orleans is now, as we say in the field, the first case history of this new law enacted, who is next, and who is safe?

Let's hit home. With earthquakes and tsunamis now daily conversation, let's say that Pacific County is the recipient of the next natural disaster. Case in point, tidal wave. We all know the Peninsula is subject to complete inundation in that event. Here come the developers!

The first thing that will happen is the properties will be condemned, thus paving the road, so to speak, to begin the land acquisitions.

You get the picture. So who is safe? No one. Even though we the people are enjoying the right to life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness and all of the other privileges as stated in the Declaration of Independence, our Bill of Rights and the United States Constitution, are we really free to keep them? Maybe the next revision, or should I say amendment, will change the language to "free for the taking."

Just thought I'd share my viewpoint of the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Jeanette Triplett


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