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Eminent Domain Stuff

New London Update (2/24/06)
Coverage of the Rally at New London's City Hall (w/ pics)

Tuesday, July 26, 2005


Good News In New London

It looks like the NLDC has seen the light...or at least bowed to public pressure:

New London — The president of the New London Development Corp. said Monday the agency will bow to the wishes of the state and allow houses in the Fort Trumbull neighborhood to stand while the legislature considers changing state law to limit the power of eminent domain.
Of course, it's also possible that they have 'decided' to hold back because of the Petition for Reconsideration filed by the IJ which, I believe, precludes any action until it has been dealt with on February 22.

In other news, protesters demonstrated outside the home of one state rep who supports the use of eminent domain as proposed in New London:

New London — On Monday, New London residents who oppose the use of eminent domain staged a protest outside the Colman Street home of Ernest Hewett, the state representative who supported the Fort Trumbull redevelopment while he was mayor of New London.
“We truly live in a democracy, and people have the right to picket. I've done some picketing myself,” he said. “The thing that boggles my mind is what the governor has said regarding the project. As I recall, the governor was lieutenant governor when millions were bonded for the project in Fort Trumbull. Back when that money was bonded, everyone bragged about this project. All of a sudden it's not so popular, and everybody is backing away. That's ludicrous. It is not a popular thing — it is one of most unpopular things I have ever had to do — but I stand by the decision I made back then.”
Umm...actually, Mr. Hewett, we do not live in a democracy. If we did, you wouldn't have a job. Our forefathers actually established a representative republic, but I digress.

I will at least give Mr. Hewett credit, if not for knowing the type of government in which he is and active participating member, at least for standing by his decision. But then I give soldiers fighting for the wrong side credit too, so long as they conduct themselves in an honorable fashion. That does not, however mean that the opposition gets any quarter in the heat of battle.

While I may not wield much online firepower, I will try to do my part. As promised, the hopefully-slow-growing Enemies of the People list has been added to the side bar. Please feel free to let me know if there's anyone who deserves to be included because of his or her unconstitutional views on eminent domain takings.

Inaugural Members of Enemies of the People:

State Senator William Finch (D) for his comments here.
State Representative Ernest Hewett (D-New London) for his comments here and here (eminent domain video).


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