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We don’t really own our land

NH 2020, what me worry? I’ve been reading both sides for a long time now. Let’s face it. None of us really own our land; we just have the right to use it as we see fit, build on it, fence it, pave it, plant trees or tomatoes, or whatever, as long as we comply with the law and local ordinances – but we don’t really own it.

We all have a piece of paper called a deed of trust. But the government owns the land and can take it away from us whenever it is deemed necessary. So if those in power decide your vineyard is right smack dab in the middle of a proposed parking lot, it’s goodbye grapes. If your half-acre of weeds happens to be home to a rare and endangered anything the government already has the obligation to prevent you from developing anything on that site, so what’s wrong with another study to see what else can be saved on your land?

You wouldn’t want to harm a red-legged frog or a rare and endangered garlic maggot would you? So support 2020.

Pat Kenny

Penn Valley

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