Protection needed from eminent domain amendment proposed

By Walter Bradley: Guest columnist Since last year’s infamous U. S. Supreme Courts decision, Kelo v. City of New London, citizens across the nation have declared in no uncertain terms their support for private property rights and opposition to the use of eminent domain for private gain. Eminent domain is the power of the government […]

City considering eminent domain purchase

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer City of Clovis officials want to build a drainage ditch on Daniel Griego’s property. But the life-long Clovis resident said he doesn’t want to sell. Today the City Commission will discuss purchasing the property anyway under the power of eminent domain. The city proposes a 30-foot drainage ditch be […]

Court’s eminent domain ruling troubling

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist We all remember last year’s despicable U.S. Supreme Court 5-4 Kelo v. City of New London, Conn., decision that held as constitutional that the rightful property of one American can be taken and transferred to another American so long as some public purpose is served. The Fifth Amendment to the […]

House protects property rights, eminent domain

CNJ Editorial Typically, when the U.S. House of Representatives passes a bill by a vote of 376-38, you know it is some meaningless resolution. The House is bitterly divided and partisan, so it’s hard to expect anything with overwhelming support to contain much of substance. Yet the House on Thursday approved an important, substantial measure […]

Court ruling threatens private ownerships

CNJ Editorial Members of the U.S. Senate got to put a face with a name last week when Susette Kelo came asking for their help. She is the Kelo in Kelo v. City of New London, Conn., a recent Supreme Court decision that freed municipalities to use the power of eminent domain to take property […]

Texas Legislature’s domain ruling good first step

Freedom Newspapers Texas lawmakers were roundly criticized for their failure during two special sessions to reach a consensus on a school finance plan for the state, but they should be cheered for something they did accomplish last month. Gov. Rick Perry signed into law last week Senate Bill 7, making Texas just the second state […]

Leaders forgetting intentions of founders

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated Columnist Most of the time people try to justify coercing others to do things on the grounds that they know what’s right and those others do not or will not comply. Even the recent 5-to-4 eminent-domain ruling by the Supreme Court can be viewed along such lines: The city officials believed […]

Property ruling runs counter to founders’ wishes

Freedom Newspapers Your home or business can be taken by force by local officials for virtually any reason, thanks to a long-awaited but misguided decision by a split Supreme Court last week. The 5-4 vote in Kelo v. the city of New London (Conn.) was not the type of decision that garnered widespread public attention, […]

No justice in ‘eminent domain’ abuse

Steven Greenhut, Guest Columnist Mention the term “eminent domain” to the average American, and you’ll be greeted by one of two responses. The first, and most common, is for the person’s eyes to glaze in utter boredom. This does not initially sound like a sexy topic, and most people would prefer to be anywhere else […]