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Re: [libertarian-251] Property rights LTE contest (win some silver)

From: James B.
Sent on: Thursday, October 29, 2009 10:03 AM
Great job. Can you save a copy of any published letters?

Thanks,

Jim



On Oct 29, 2009, at 6:53 AM, Kenholio wrote:

>
> 	Published yesterday, no online version....
>
> ====================­==
>
> To the Editor:
>
> I always enjoy reading letters to the editor, not only for
> the opinions expressed on the issues of the day, but also to
> see the way writers choose to justify those opinions.  More
> often than not, their reasoning is riddled with logical
> fallacies and outright inaccuracies, and such was the case
> with Michael Sullivan's response last week to my letter on
> eminent domain.
>
> As he rightly mentions, I do indeed believe that it's
> "just plain wrong" for the Abington Township
> commissioners to steal an 80-year-old widow's property.
> However, having raised the question of morality, the
> remainder of Mr. Sullivan's letter ignores it completely.
> Instead, he rambles on about the mechanics of how and why
> the government goes about stealing its citizens' property.
> That's called "begging the question", because nowhere
> do I question that "right" (which is the wrong word -
> only natural persons have "rights").  Rather, I question
> the morality of the commissioners stealing Mrs. Patane's
> property.
>
> Mr. Sullivan likens eminent domain to taxation, but think of
> it this way: Although the government has the "power"
> (not the "right", thank you) to tax income via the 16th
> Amendment, it would surely be immoral to tax 100 percent of
> a citizen's income.  Similarly, I maintain it's immoral
> to steal a widow's property; and as a citizen, it is one
> of my inalienable rights to petition the government and its
> agents for a redress of grievances.  That was the purpose of
> our highly-successful rally the other day, where
> approximately 75 people from all walks of life braved foul
> weather to demonstrate their displeasure with the taking.
>
> Certainly Mr. Sullivan is entitled to his opinion, but I
> draw the line when he starts calling me names, particularly
> inaccurate ones.  I am not "right wing", nor is it
> "extreme" or serve a "narrow political purpose" to
> defend an old widow.  Like most people, I firmly believe
> it's the right thing to do.  Nor am I, or any of the rally
> organizers, part of any "tea party revolution" that he
> accuses me of "purposefully misunderstanding".  How's
> that again?  Am I a part of it or am I not?  Apparently, the
> only misunderstanding here is on Mr. Sullivan's part,
> especially when he refers to Mrs. Patane's property as
> "abandoned".  As the official record clearly shows, the
> property is being properly maintained, all taxes are paid,
> and there are no safety or code enforcement issues.  I'd
> hardly call that abandoned.
>
> The unrefuted bottom line remains that it's just plain
> wrong to steal an old widow's property.  Period.  For
> those who agree with that not-so-revolutionary­ concept,
> please join us at the next rally in support of Mrs.
> Patane's property rights, which will be held at 7 PM on
> Thursday, November 12th, in the parking lot behind the
> Abington Township building, 1176 Old York Road (next to the
> Abington Hospital), immediately prior to the
> commissioners' monthly meeting.  And perhaps after the
> rally, you can stop in at their meeting to let the
> commissioners know that you, too, think it's morally
> repugnant to abuse the power of government to steal a
> law-abiding widow's property, regardless of its legality.
>
> Ken Krawchuk
> Abington
>
>
>
> --------------------­--------------------­----
> Ken Krawchuk
> Libertarian for Pennsylvania Governor (1998, 2002)
> Past Chair, Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania [masked])
>
> Krawchuk '02
> c/o PO Box 260
> Cheltenham, Penna.  USPO 19012
>
> (215)[masked] (voice)
> (215) Krawchuk (fax)
> [address removed]
> www.KenK.Org
>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: [address removed]
>> [mailto:[address removed]]On
>> Behalf Of James Babb
>> Sent: Monday, October 26,[masked]:22 PM
>> To: [address removed]
>> Subject: [libertarian-251] Property rights LTE contest (win
>> some silver)
>>
>>
>> Hi Folks,
>>
>> Attached is a letter published in Montgomery Newspapers
>> glorifying the
>> "right" of government to grab private property and
>> criticizing "right-
>> wing" libertarians for daring to rally in defense of individual
>> rights. You can also download the letter image here:
>> http://tinyurl.co...­
>>  .
>>
>> I'm offering 1 oz of silver for each response letter
>> published. I'm
>> also offering another ounce for the best letter (published or not).
>>
>> Judging will be based on impact, wit and a demonstration of
>> reasoning
>> from first principles. The deadline for submissions is
>> Friday, 10/30.
>> Time is short.
>>
>> Send your responses to [address removed] and please CC this
>> group and [address removed].
>>
>> Letters should reference the attached letter and be brief. Include
>> your full contact information so the paper can verify your
>> existence.
>>
>> Feel free to share this with anyone you think may be interested.
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> Jim Babb
>>
>>
>>
>>
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