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Property Rights Newsletta

The Property Rights Newsletter

April 23, 2010 - Issue #565

"Among the natural rights of the colonists are these: first, a right to life; secondly, to liberty; thirdly to property; together with the right to support and defend them in the best manner they can."
- Samuel Adams
Property  Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Eminent Domain: NY. Hotel Conference Center May Trump Private Property in Eminent Domain Case. But Smith-Ward blasts the offers as a "very insulting price for our property," and said she was stunned to learn that the city was considering seizing the business she and her husband Doug had sunk their life savings into only to hand their land over to someone else. She told Fox News she always thought eminent domain was "for power lines, roads, schools, hospitals and not for a private developer." Five years ago the United States Supreme Court ruled that communities could use the power of eminent domain to help private interests, if the result was for the public good.

Eminent Domain: Utah's Bid to Take Back Its Land. Gov. Gary Herbert signed two bills authorizing efforts to invoke eminent domain as a way to reclaim land from the U.S. government, which owns more than 60% of Utah. Lawmakers say the gambit could lead to a court ruling that permits Utah to take back valuable parcels, including a coal-rich plateau, from the feds.
From The USA Mailbag
AL: Proposed Smoking Ban for Restaurants Deemed "Ludicrous."
CO: Proposed Lakewood Smoking Ban Update. Smoking in Tobacco Stores, Hookah Bars will be illegal?
GA: Christian Coalition slams tobacco tax idea. The GCC believes that the only justification for sales or use taxes is the exclusive need for government revenue, and is not a tool to control lifestyle, health, or the environment.
KS: Senate Bill 516, Proposed Tobacco Tax Increases Will Backfire, says Premium Cigar Association.
NC: Want Revenge - Here are the Guilty and the Heroes.
SC: Lexington council on verge of easing smoking rules. Initial approval given to snuffing out part of law.
SC: Spartanburg City Council split on smoking ban. Staff to research implications; issue might not resurface until fall.
From The International Mailbag
Canada: McCarthy T├ętrault, Jones Day on Giant Canadian Tobacco Smuggling Settlement. The Canadian government earlier claimed that billions of dollars in tax revenue were lost in the scheme.
Canada: Mike Kennedy v. Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit. Docket 33442. Supreme Court rejects appeal on smoking in private club.
Switzerland: New ban just hit and they've already had 40,000 Swiss sign up as club members at private clubs that will allow smoking.
UK: Children are being used as a smokescreen. Campaigners will not be happy until Britain is completely cigarette-free, says Alexander Chancellor.
UK: Freedom2Choose: Eddie Douthwaite's interview with Leith.
World Conference against Prohibition: Watch the Videos!
The Slippery Slope After Tobacco
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Junk Food: Not Just at the Concession Stand, It's Also on the Movie Screen, Study Finds. The researchers say that: Candy/confections (26%) and salty snacks (21%) were the most prevalent food brands, and sugar-sweetened beverages (76%) were the most prevalent beverage brands. Most of the placements were for high-calorie, nutrient-poor foods or product lines.
Watch: The New War Against Classic Mixed Drinks.
Watch: Reason.tv's Nanny of the Month: NY Salt-Banner Felix Ortiz.
Property  Rights for all include Smokers Rights!Paul Kearns
His haunting original music video about war, Aftermath.

Thanks for reminding us that good men died
for our freedom and property rights.
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