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September 5, 2012
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Private property rights are threatened

Recently, I was mowing the lawn when suddenly a van sped through the open gate that leads into our property and screeched to a halt in our driveway. About that same time, I noticed a Chihuahua streaking across our field.

Within seconds, an animal control officer scrambled from his vehicle. When asked what he was doing, he told me he was in pursuit of a dog. I asked him to leave my property. He informed me that he had every right to be there and that the law was on his side. I told him that it was against the law to come on private property without permission from the owner. He told me he could trespass (my word, not his) anytime he was in pursuit of a dog. He said he knew it was lawful to do so because he wrote the law.

It distresses me deeply that our county has ignored the basic rights of its citizens concerning the rights of property owners. Since when do animal control officers write the law giving themselves permission to trespass on private property? This problem goes much deeper. It tears at the very fabric of our right to own property. Ownership dictates that an individual has the right to say what can and cannot be done with said property. Americans are quickly losing their freedoms. If we don't fight to protect the freedom we once enjoyed as Americans, they will soon disappear. Please join me in this fight by voting for those who will stand for our Constitution and against tyrannical government control as exhibited by the above mentioned animal control officer. What we allow in moderation today will be excused in excess tomorrow and our basic inalienable rights will soon dissolve before our eyes.

Karen Wood


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The VailDaily Updated Sep 5, 2012 12:59PM Published Sep 5, 2012 12:59PM Copyright 2012 The VailDaily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.