Sunday, June 26, 2005

Senator Santorum Speaks

There's a lot I don't like about Senator Santorum, but I do like this:
During a visit to the Danville area on Friday, Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania talked with Newswatch 16 about the high court's ruling. He fells the Supreme Court made the wrong decision. "That, to me, is really undermining people's fundamental rights to property," said Santorum. "And that's an important right in our Constitution."

The ruling gives local governments flexibility in bringing in economic opportunities to benefit an entire community. Montour County Commissioner Trevor Finn agrees with Sen. Santorum that the implications of the decision could be too costly. Finn told Newswatch 16, "If you have Johnny's Meat Market, and they've been there for 100 years, and all of the sudden a big super center wants to open up, it would give a politician the right to throw Johnny out and his family out after 100 years of service. I just don't think it's a good idea."

Sen. Santorum hopes state and local politicians will take steps to prevent the new powers from being abused. "I think most elected officials, local elected officials, realize eminent domain really only should be used in the most extreme cases where there's a real huge public benefit," said Santorum.
This is great, but we need more, Senator Santorum. You carry a lot of weight in Pennsylvania. Use your influence to get state politicians to do something about eminent domain abuse. And if they don't, help push a Constitutional amendment.