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Re[3]: [at-l] Eminent domain

     Yet another great post, Kahley.
     Since I've responded so much as being in favor of the Saddleback 
     protection idea, I feel I need to respond here, if briefly, just to be 
     1) Overall, I agree with everything you wrote.
     2) The "I WANTS" would probably give me the absolute creeps too, if 
     I'd read them. I guess I'm lucky to not know what they say.
     3) Nobody lost their home to build the AT; it was routed *by* 
     volunteers on land *volunteered* for the route. What changed things 
     was, after 40-some years, and increasing development, and decreasing 
     alternatives, the AT was recognized as an experiment which deserved 
     more than just a passing "ok" to exist -- so it got the National 
     Trails Act (1969?) and finally, the actual start of *protection* 
     (1978?). Still, it was the granting of protection, and the hints and 
     beginnings of actual action which got the mountain folk riled, 
     reminding them of heavy-handed highway constuction projects of years 
     gone by -- Does that hellious expectation sound familiar? Like what 
     you're family (and especially your dad) went through?
     4) BTW, one of the losses to the routing of the current AT is the much 
     greater contact with people/houses/ways of life which it previously 
     had. In '79, as a rather untraveled teenager, I went from Georgia to 
     Maine looking agog at the communities I was passing through as much as 
     looking at the woods, and I think that the reroutings of the Trail 
     away from such contacts (mostly through the mid-1980s) is a great loss 
     to the trail experience. I *would* be more averse to a taking if it 
     was someone's home instead of someone's business -- unless (to be 
     fair) they had it for sale prior to the expression of federal 
     5) BTW II, what you wrote of your family's impact was really gripping. 
     I, too, was in that position -- for only eight months -- and I had to 
     fight City Hall and win. On my own. Even changed the law that was used 
     to attack my property. I also lost the ability to vacation for eight 
     months, and lost the time that was to go to finishing the outside of 
     my property -- an issue in my divorce. I can only try to imagine 
     twenty five years of it.
     6) Point number 1 bears repeating: I agree with everything you wrote.
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