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To the editors:

With regard to Harold Henderson's "Land Battle" [December 6], why is it that individuals who try to protect their own hard earned land, or other property, from forcible expropriation are labeled "nasty" and having "bad manners" while the people who want to take their property away under flimsy pretenses are only mildly challenged?

Why is it that some of the most ridiculous claims by environmentalists are taken as fact (such as "we only have five years") and the most basic right of free individuals in society (property) is continually cast as some "audacious" claim?

It must be an incredible indicator of how far from the ideals of freedom and individual responsibility we have moved to see the debate on property rights cast in this light.

Patrick T. Peterson

Development Director,

The Heartland Institute

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