Story last updated at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9, 2002

Rules restrict rights
Dear Editor,

There was a recent story in the Homer News about possible further restrictions on the size of buildings and then a story in the Anchorage Daily News in reference to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the side of government in reference to taking of one's property and when compensation is due the owner (apparently not for a very long time).

Here we have two good examples of government eating away at the rights commonly associated with real estate. Real estate is homes, apartment buildings, commercial properties, lots and acreage, etc. Every time an action like this takes place it further restricts your options as a property owner as to what can be done with land you own. Eventually your rights are gone. The person renting has as much control over your land as you do. The truly sad thing is our young people may never know or understand the feeling of their land. Maybe this is a good thing. Maybe you are happy with government making the decisions regarding your land. If so, just do nothing. There is always somebody in government ready to make your decisions for you (look at annexation.)

If you happen to care about your rights just maybe you should go to a City Council meeting. If you are unable to make the meetings perhaps you should join a group of people regularly attending meetings to report on just what is going on. Be a watch dog.

It wasn't too many years ago Alaskans had some pride about their individuality, a sense of being a pioneer, of not caring how it was done Outside. Nowadays it seems to be a rush to copy what they are doing. Maybe that is not a bad thing, learning from what someone else has done or is trying. It certainly is easier than thinking about the consequences of one's actions.

Michael V. Morris