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

Dear Joe:
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 treasonous."

"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 Soviet Union.
Following is another message to the radical environmental movement, of which you are a part.
Ron Ewart
Fall City, WA
425 222-9482

( Copyright June 9, 2004 by Ron Ewart, Fall City, WA - All Rights Reserved)
Extreme environmentalism, which it has now become, is a fraud perpetrated on a nave 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 court.
You "people" 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 Federal Government.
People 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 narrow.
Nevertheless, 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 review.
"No 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 14th Amendments.  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 crime.
However, 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 law.
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 repair.  
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 of treason. 
Ron Ewart
Fall City, WA
425 222-9482