By Ken McIntyre
Editor’s note: The Daily Signal’s audience got steamed reading our coverage of what the EPA did to an elderly veteran in Montana. Some of those responses lead off this week’s mailbag. Don’t forget to write us at moc.l1555908487angis1555908487yliad1555908487@sret1555908487tel1555908487.— Ken McIntyre
Dear Daily Signal: This guy Joe Robertson got screwed by his government and overzealous bureaucrats, as Kevin Mooney reports (“This Veteran, Who Supplied Water to Firefighters, Went to Prison for Digging Ponds”). He really did nothing wrong. He owned the property.
And Robertson certainly didn’t get any breaks, like that Jussie Smollett guy in Chicago.
The North American Wetlands Conservation Act has resulted in a huge land grab by the federal
government and the erosion of the rights of the property owner.
In most cases where the government decides it needs the rights
to a property, or wants to restrict the use of a property for public good, the
landowner is bought out or paid for the use. They go through a process of
In the case of wetlands, however, since the areas grabbed were
huge, the government failed to compensate the owners for the loss of rights to
My father bought farmland that backed up to a harbor off Lake
Erie well before it was declared to be wetland. Then the government decided
that area should be wetland, and thus my father could not develop the property
unless he were to donate another property to be wetland in this piece’s stead.
So those with financial backing bought up all kinds of swamp
away from development and donated that, then built their housing developments
and marinas along the shores of Lake Erie where the property values were truly
I am not blaming the developers, but was that really fair? And
if you could trade for pieces of land in the next county, then, really, how
vital were all …read more
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