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Learn more about Measure 49

To the editor:

In previous years Oregon enacted a variety of land use laws which restricted how a person could use their land. One of the results of these laws was the loss of what private land was worth. It's like owing a car and having a bully steal the tires. Later on the bully takes the windshield, the heater and the transmission. If you want to sell that car in that condition, what do you think you would get for it? Certainly not as much as the car with all its parts.

Because those restrictive laws resulted in loss of land value, the people of Oregon passed Measure 37 by an overwhelming majority. Measure 37 was simple and straightforward. It said: Pay the land owner for the property value he lost or remove the restrictions that caused the loss and do it within six months. That's like making that bully give back the tires, windshield, heater and transmission or pay for them within six months.

Now Measure 49 comes along to "clarify" Measure 37. Measure 49 says your Measure 37 claim is no good, even after you have jumped through all the hoops to get it approved. How's that for "clarification?" If you want to submit a new claim under Measure 49 you will find the simplicity of Measure 37 "clarified" into a rat maze of restrictions, red tape and expensive fees. The government can also take as long as they want to process your claim. That's like paying the bully to give back your tires, windshield, transmission and heater, if he feels like it, whenever he feels like it.

You know, we are all very busy people and don't always have the time we would like to become truly informed before we make a decision.

Sometimes we try to simplify a decision by just listening to the loudest person talking or the most entertaining TV ad and some of the time that's all it takes. But the real decisions, the ones that really count, take more. Like this one — how you vote on Measure 49. Take the time to be informed. It's that important.

Steve and Judy Eaton

Richland

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