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Re[2]: [at-l] Saddleback

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Subject: Re: [at-l] Saddleback
Author:  "Bucky" <mfuller@somtel.com> at ima
Date:    8/20/99 12:30 PM

Isn't anyone here disturbed by the use of eminent domain for 
the sake of frigging "viewshed?" Isn't anyone disgusted by 
the naked greed exhibited in many of the letters being sent 
via trailplace?
I guess not.
mfuller@somtel.com; Northern Franklin County, Maine         $ 
The Constitution is the white man's ghost shirt.  }>:-/> --->
     Sloetoe responds to Bucky's cry from the window with:
     (Keeping it short)
     Even Thoreau (who reparaphrased Jefferson with "That government is 
     best which governs *not*at*all*."), saw the need for taxes when 
     voluntary contributions would not cover what all would have the 
     opportunity to benefit from (because of "free riders"). And so we pay 
     taxes, to minimize the costs of collecting from the skin flints. 
     Paying taxes, I expect something for my money. National defense comes 
     to mind, but in the immediate case, so does national heritage. The 
     Zapruder film was monetized at $16,000,000. The search for JFKjr, 
     which they finally admitted involved more than what would have gone on 
     for Joe Blow, cost the country probably more. And Saddleback, too. But 
     they're all three "national heritage."
     It seems you're unwilling to grant that you live in a nation, a very 
     large *community*, which would attach such meaning and value to such 
     programs or people as these, whether you agree with such choices or 
     not, and I'm sorry about that. "Community" as a concept extends beyond 
     what we can see and touch.
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