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Letters from June 17
Just say no
I have heard paid signature gatherers for I-933 tell people it is about eminent domain. The initiative makes reference to eminent domain in order to confuse people, but actually does nothing about eminent domain. This is a good example of how paid signature gatherers are being used to misuse the initiative process.
Even the title of I-933 is misleading. It is not really about property fairness. Those behind the initiative know the quantity and size of claims for compensation will overwhelm taxpayer ability to pay them. They know we are not going to raise taxes or cut critical services to pay property owners to follow the rules. They know that I-933 will force communities to waive the rules, making property use protections and residential zoning unenforceable. Neighboring property owners and local communities would be left with no way to protect themselves from development that damages their property values. And Washington taxpayers would be left paying hundreds of millions of dollars just to process the claims.
I-933 is a nationally orchestrated effort to roll back our property-use protections. Its real purpose is to allow large corporations to ignore the impact of their development on local communities and neighboring property owners.
Just say yes
I-933 is a property fairness initiative to uphold the U.S. Constitution and fairly compensate landowners for property taken by eminent domain or declared unusable by draconian governmental regulations and laws.
Governments continued assault against the rights of citizens to develop their property for personal use or investment was fought successfully by the residents of Oregon. The state of Oregon challenged the constitutionality of its citizens initiative and lost.
This liberally controlled states adoption of the Growth Management Act is a similar assault on property rights and personal freedoms. Governments desire is to regulate personal property by zoning land usage and development standards at a stroke of the brush without consideration of landowner investments.
Legislators and environmentalists in this state have not connected the dots when it comes to the Bill of Rights. The Fifth Amendment simply states, nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation.
Property owners and developers are not evil and have no desire to destroy the environment. The overreaction and negative response by liberal environmentalists and Democrats against this initiative is an attack on personal freedom.
I-933 is reminding legislators that property rights and personal freedoms matter and are guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.
A Kids Day thank you
On behalf of Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue, I would like to extend a special thank you to the volunteers, vendors, staff, sponsors, participants, kids and families who made the 21st annual Kids Day at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds a huge success on Saturday, June 10. The event provided a fun venue for more than 70 different organizations and businesses to share information with kids and their families about safety and making healthy choices.
A special thank you to the Kids Day sponsors who made this free, fun event possible for the more than 5,000 people in attendance. Sponsors for Kids Day 2006 are: Bremerton Firefighters I.A.F.F. Local No. 437, Brewton-Hight Insurance Agency, Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue, The Chiropractors Clinic, Fraternal Order of Eagles Local 192, Harrison Medical Center, Kitsap Credit Union, Kitsap County Commissioners, Kitsap County Fire Chiefs Association, Kitsap County Fire Commissioners Association, Kitsap County Parks and Recreation, Kitsap Insurance Professional, Kitsap News Group, Kitsap Sun, Kitsap Transit, Professional Firefighters of Kitsap County I.A.F.F. Local No. 2819, KPS Health Plans, Mary Bridge Childrens Hospital & Health Center, Mentor Company, My Gym, and Washington State Life Safety Council Region 1.
Special recognition also goes to Albertsons, Chico Towing, Dominos Pizza, Eastside Auto Wrecking, Red Robin Gourmet Burger and Suburban Propane for their generous contributions toward making Kids Day 2006 a success.
Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue hopes that the more than 550 kids who were fitted with bike helmets are able to put them to good use this summer and that the safety messages shared throughout the day are remembered throughout the years. Once again, thank you to the community and we hope to see you for the 22nd annual Kids Day on June 9, 2007.
CHIEF KEN BURDETTE
Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue