No, Michael , no offense taken. The reason I posted the Chicago Tribune article is because it was one of the VERY few that did not require a subscription(albeit free or not) for people to view. My actual sources are lesser known publications, that I consider have a broader scope of both sides of most issues since they are not fueled by corporate interest and so on, so to speak. More of a voice of the people than the voice of the professionals.(no slams to our wonderful professional journalists on this board
More importantly, however, my views come from being related to one of the "BAD GUYS". This person is the one who arrives at your door, tells you a road is going through it, and offers you what the state will pay you for your property and home. I know first hand of the shenanigans employed to force these people to sell. Thus the unconstitutionality of the procees, just compensation is not given in the name of the state. I've heard him brag how he's screwed a family out of the worth of the property. I personally believe that if you deal with real estate in the commercial realm, that you would be foolish not to expect them to try to get the advantage, it's business pure and simple. However, I don't feel that "public" servants and the state should run shady practices and threats against the property owners, as we directly pay taxes as well as elect the officials who hire the staff that does this.
You are correct that the acquisition of properties has been around forever, however I feel that this latest ruling clouds the issue even more, thus opens it to even greater misuse of power, and my friend, that's unconstitutional.
Also, I would back up both you and Bushie on this: Pay attention to what you are voting for, and let your elected officials truly know your feelings. I have a distinct feeling that very few people of power are happy to open their emails or letters this day.
As well, let the corporations know you're mad as hell and not going to take it anymore.(Gotta love Peter Finch for that battle cry) Be an informed consumer as well as vocal. A good case of writers' cramps as well as not frequenting places that tend to use bully tactics, makes a big impact.(Yeah ok.......actions speak louder than words.......I do visit KMART once in awhile, but hey they do have the best beef and chicken in town