Mr. Joseph W. Tovar
University of Washington
Re: Your Guest Editorial in the Sunday Seattle
Times on Oregon's Ballot Measure 37.
(Joseph W. Tovar is a city management
and planning consultant who presently serves as director of special projects at
the University of Washington's Northwest Center for Livable Communities.
E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org)
This message that you are receiving,
has gone to well over 200 rural landowners in King county and elsewhere, whom
you and way too many others just like you, along with a Government that aides
and abets you, have mounted a vicious attack on their
constitutionally-protected property rights. And you don't care.
Those 200 will send this message to 200 more and then 200 more and it
will sweep across the region like a Seahawks wave. The message
has also gone to several members of the local press.
It is the infection of people like
you on the American scene over the last 30 to 40 years that have essentially
torn asunder, what is left of the U. S. Constitution. If you want to live
in a socialist society, all the while pushing your radical environmental agenda,
move somewhere else. Russia comes to mind. You obviously read my
guest editorial in the Times about Measure 37 and had to respond, which the
Times was only too willing to give you the space.
The Times has been giving
you radical environmentalists "eternal" space, while real landowners,
who are losing everything to your insane policies, have to sit by
and take the unsubstantiated, irrational propaganda you dish out
through the media, trying to dupe the public into believing that your vision of
environmentalism is motherhood, apple pie and Chevrolet.
You and the entire environmental
culture, have finally gone too far and true Americans, who have gotten
wind of your unconstitutional actions, are rising up all across the U.
S. to smite you and smite you they will. This war is just beginning
and you "ain't" seen nothing yet. Oregon's
Ballot Measure 37 was the "shot" heard 'round
the Nation and other states are following suit. There
will be a Washington Clone to Oregon's Ballot Measure 37 and it will pass
handily. And there isn't one damn thing you can do about it.
Here are the final two paragraphs from my Times guest editorial on
Thursday. Take heed because there are those of us who are willing to
protect the Constitution with everything we've got. Getting in our way,
will be a mistake. You have become an enemy of a free state and you have
thrown down the gauntlet.
"The entire national and
international environmental movement has lost all perspective in attempting to
achieve what are laudable goals of cleaning up our industrial waste and
educating citizens about human impacts on the environment. But the truth
is, "To protect the environment
is laudable. Trashing the Constitution to do it is
"I strongly suggest that these
environmentalists and the politicians who aid and abet them take a course in the
U.S. Constitution. Perhaps then they will realize that some of us are willing to
go to great lengths to protect it. Some of us may even pledge our lives, our
fortunes and our sacred honor, as did our Founding Fathers. We aren't quite
there yet, but we are precipitously close."
THE CRESCENDO OF LANDOWNERS ALL
ACROSS AMERICA IS RISING and your days of free environmental insanity and
high-dense urban planning to protect the environment, are coming to an
end. It is just a matter of time. This is America Joe, not the
Following is another message to the
radical environmental movement, of which you are a part.
Fall City, WA
"A MESSAGE TO ALL
June 9, 2004 by Ron Ewart, Fall City, WA - All Rights
environmentalism, which it has now become, is a fraud perpetrated on a naïve
public that doesn't know any better.
Global warming, the Kyoto Treaty and other environmental laws and
treaties are bunk and most of you know it.
Your philosophy, propaganda and radical agenda is "protect the
environment at all costs", the U. S. Constitution and the rights of
free American citizens and property owners be damned. Contrary to your belief, humans are not
a stain on the Earth. We are in fact part of the evolutionary and natural
process of Earth and those processes, not environmentalists or
governments, will determine the final outcome. We will but only tickle the grander
elements such as the Sun, the moon and the Earth itself, none of which is
predictable, much less measurable. A
few spewing volcanoes or an episode of Sunspots can totally
invalidate any measurements taken.
The variables are just too great to model.
Environmentalists have brain
washed an entire civilization into believing that environmental protection has a
higher priority than constitutional rights, protections and safeguards and
perpetrated on free citizens by a rogue and oppressive government at
your urgings. You took over Oregon, Washington and California and you have
taken over many local and State governments, as well as the U. S. Congress, all
the while beating the drums of the "environment" into the heads of naive
citizens who live in cities and have no stake in unconstitutional takings.
You have disenfranchised rural landowners and made them victims of your
crimes. You decimated an entire culture of loggers, mill operators and
wood product employees in the Pacific Northwest and forced them into bankruptcy
and divorce and scattered them to the four winds because of your distorted
desire to "save" one stupid owl that was going extinct for natural
causes that had nothing to do with logging or loss of habitat. The real
fact is that 99.9% of all species that ever lived on Earth are now extinct and
the Endangered Species Act is bad legislation for that very
reason and should be repealed. You use junk science to win your battles
and extort monies from naive citizens to fund your radical agendas in
have the mistaken, naive and dangerous mindset that privately-held, rural
land is your land to do with as you will. It isn't. It belongs to
the millions of individuals that own it in fee-simple title and paid
for or inherited it and the inviolate right to own that land by those
individuals is protected by the 5th and 14th Amendments to
the U. S. Constitution. You don't own it and neither does any State or the
live in rural areas to raise their families and get away from the
cities you infect and all of the noise, crime, pollution,
traffic and congestion that high-dense urban areas produce.
Not everyone wants to live like the Sierra Club envisions; 25-story
buildings with 800 sq. ft. apartments, in a concrete jungle, where the
poor saps drive their bicycles to work.
Unfortunately, the U. S. Supreme Court has not, once and for all,
answered the question of TAKINGS by government under the 5th and
14th Amendments. Each
case brought before the court has been tried separately and the beleaguered
landowner has to sue the government every time there is a TAKING. The Courts' rulings have been too
when compared to the 5th Amendment, Government exercises TAKINGS
under the so-called police powers of Government every day. The 5th and 14th
Amendments are abundantly clear and I will repeat an excerpt here for your
person …………… shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property without DUE PROCESS
of law; nor shall private property be taken for PUBLIC USE without
COMPENSATION." Environmental Protection is,
without a doubt and unequivocally, for public use.
The issue is
not whether Government can exercise the right of POLICE POWERS that have been
upheld by the courts. The issue is,
does that exercise end up being a TAKING under the 5th and
Restricting certain building types to certain zones falls under the
police powers. Intentionally
polluting a waterway or aquifer should be dealt with accordingly as a
TAKING away the right of use of 65% of someone's property as King
County, Washington has now done, is clearly a TAKING and if demanded by the
Government to protect the environment (clearly a public
benefit) then the
Government and the public at large should pay compensation to the
landowner under the Constitution.
If they can't afford to pay, then they shouldn't pass the
My other issues with environmentalists have to do with their getting in
the way of a free society to provide the resources necessary to keep that
society going economically.
Environmentalists have stopped oil refineries and nuclear power plants
from being built for over 25 years.
That's why a gallon of gas is now over $2.00 and will not likely come
down and that's why our power capacity is at or near maximum. Environmentalists, in concert with
radical international environmentalists, are trying to lock up private lands in
the U. S. for biospheres and wildlife corridors without compensating the owners
of the private lands they want to take.
Environmentalists have stopped drilling for oil in areas of known oil
reserves, thus making us more dependent on foreign sources and driving up the
cost of oil and oil-associated products, accordingly. The unnecessary cost for overt and
radical environmental protection has been in the Trillions of dollars since it
became in vogue and it has severely weakened our economic engine, reduced our
power capacity and eroded our constitutional form of government almost beyond
Government, at your behest, has finally gone too far and
an uprising is brewing. You have way too much power but you have
stepped on the wrong toes. You are
truly the enemy of a free society and in our opinion your actions are just shy