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Should government have the power to take private property by eminent domain for public works projects such as the Luther Forest water line?

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Yes 28% 126 votes
No 67% 300 votes
Don't know 3% 17 votes
Total Votes: 443

Note: This is not a scientific poll.


July 23, 2008
8:20 a.m.

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schdygirl ( schdygirl ) says...

Eminent Domain was an important law when it was first passed. It was also very rarely used, mainly for huge projects like when they were building the railroad and highway systems. Now eminent domain is taking a way different turn and is being used as a tool to take a person’s property. I have mixed emotions about this question because if it is an important project that would better serve the public, like the highway system did, then I am typically OK with it, however, when it is to put up a Hampton Inn in downtown Schenectady I think it is nothing less than government robbery!

July 23, 2008
10:20 a.m.

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Amelia ( Amelia ) says...

So people can be kicked off their property and homeless for projects that ultimately will fail like Luther Forest? I say No Thank You! That is not right!

July 24, 2008
2:51 p.m.

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annarondac ( annarondac ) says...

schdygirl, I agree. 60 to 30 years ago, the US was in the business of building better infrastructure. Today, government has become intrusive and extremely large. Eminent Domain was used in San Diego to take two small businesses and one home as part of a parcel for a development company to develop the site into a shopping hub. One of the arguments for the development was it would produce more taxes, once developed.

July 25, 2008
8:39 a.m.

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schdygirl ( schdygirl ) says...

Yes annarondac, this unfortunately is happening everywhere-even in downtown Schenectady. The pressure is tremendous for some downtown business owners to sell their properties. I have personally heard the term Eminent Domain used to pressure the sale of buildings for downtown Schenectady's projects. Tearing down a building to put up a hotel one half of a block from a hotel does not really count as Eminent Domain in my eyes. Our leaders are really twisting and turning legitimate laws in order to serve their own purposes.


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