re: Greenies

Carl Strohmenger (
Tue, 24 Oct 1995 08:07:48 -0400 (EDT)

There has been a lot of discussion about species preservation vs.
property rights. It seems to me that if there is a patch of property that
has something valuable on it, then either the (national, state, or local)
government can use a condemnation procedure to purchase the property for
a fair market price, and then make it a protected property; OR a private
group should make an offer of a fair market price for the property (this
is how Nature Conservancy does it) and then negotiate with the
appropriate governmental agency to make the property a publicly owned,
protected preserve. If the groups advocating the protection of the
species/property cannot or will not come up with the money for purchase,
then maybe they are not really serious about preservation. It is always
easy to require someone else to make the sacrifice of parting with their
land (money, resources, etc.)

I keep hearing complaints about greedy land-owners, but I suspect that
they are just looking out for their own best interests, just as all the
rest of us are doing.

Just my not so humble opinion.

- Carl