Military Wants to Use Eminent Domain To Take Rancher Land in Colorado-You only THINK you're secureSomervell County Salon-Glen Rose, Rainbow, Nemo, Glass....Texas


Military Wants to Use Eminent Domain To Take Rancher Land in Colorado-You only THINK you're secure

7 May 2007 at 9:00:58 AM

in your persons. Arrgggh. Reminds me why I thought the SCOTU decision to allow corporate interests to TAKE YOUR HOME was so gawdawful. (And remember, George Bush was one of the first to trample on homeowners rights when he and the Rangers took people's HOMES for the Ballpark in Arlington).

But the MILITARY now is trying to take people's homes? For what? More land to do training exercises?  Colorado is fighting back, though. What astonishes me is that the Colorado lege even passed a bill to allow this in the first place. Doesn't Colorado give a hoot about their residents?

Colorado, a state that has long been friendly toward the military, is poised to try to stop the Army from using eminent domain to vastly expand a troop training ground on the southeastern Plains.

At the urging of ranchers who live near Fort Carson's Pinon Canyon maneuver site, state lawmakers approved a bill that withdraws Colorado's "consent" for the federal government to acquire more land for Pinon Canyon.

The measure is now on the desk of Gov. Bill Ritter. Spokesman Evan Dryer wouldn't comment Friday on whether Ritter will sign it but said the governor has "very serious concerns about the use of eminent domain" for the expansion....

Many area ranchers have been wary of their Army neighbor since the 1980s, when Fort Carson acquired 250,000 acres -- about half by eminent domain -- to create Pinon Canyon. They're still bitter about how property owners were treated then.

A military map showing a proposed 2.5 million-acre, multiyear expansion -- covering much of the state's southeastern corner -- was leaked last year, fueling more suspicions. Fort Carson said the proposal was an old one.

If that's an old one, what's it up to now?

Criticism of the handling of the war in Iraq, including a lack of equipment for soldiers, and poor conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center have helped the ranchers gather support beyond rural Colorado, Robertson claimed.

"We consider ourselves extremely patriotic, and because of that we are asking the questions we need to ask," Robertson said.

Yes. That's patriotic. Land being GRABBED by the military and throwing people out of their homes and ranches... is NOT.

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