Letter: Beware A74’s Trojan Horse
In 2004, a Trojan Horse similar to proposed Amendment 74 passed in Oregon. Protecting property rights sounds logical. But amendments like this are flypaper for lawsuits, as all manner of speculators line up to sue state and local governments for perceived loss of property value.
In just three years before Oregon voters had to go back and overwhelmingly overturn their blunder, 7,500 claims worth billions were made across the state. At the risk of bankruptcy, towns and counties were forced to approve, among other things, trailer parks on sacred burial grounds, gravel pits in residential neighborhoods, and rampant development of farmland.
Any regulation to help the greater good became a target. It was a total disaster. So please, please vote and educate friends and neighbors: No on 74.
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