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That’s property rights

Couldn’t help but get a chuckle out of this one. It sums up perfectly the contradictions of the “property rights” movement.

In a recent letter to the editor (“Pre-holiday signs,” Aug. 30), the writer complains that a supervisor candidate has been violating a “longstanding tradition in our county that candidates for public office allow us to enjoy our summer until Labor Day, without campaign signs” being displayed in front yards.

A property rights activist suggesting that property owners shouldn’t display campaign signs until the “traditional” time? It seems that property “rights” only apply to issues and actions that are agreeable to them. Would the letter writer respect the “rights” of his neighbor to hold a three-day music festival next door to his house? Doubtful.



If property rights activist apply their decree evenly to all sides, perhaps they would see the complexity of the issue, and the value of responsible regulation. In the meantime, what you consider your “tradition” isn’t mine, so I’m putting up a sign. Live with it Ð that’s property rights.

Tom McCormick




Nevada City


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