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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Eminent Domain...

It seems that a lot of people are having "eminent domain" troubles.

I wasn't aware that there was a similar problem going on here in Oklahoma until I read a post by The Turtle Speaks.

People could protest, write letters, go to court... They could do all kinds of things to make others aware of their plight and to voice their dissent.

How about an internet comic strip that consists of two characters?

Boone State
On Friday November 4 of 2005, Oklahoma State University announced that they would be taking 410 homes north of the OSU campus in order to make space for an "athletic village." These properties are owned by Stillwater residents who are being forced to sell their home for an amount that OSU will decide is the "fair market value" of their house. Many of these residents have lived in their house for 20+ years and do not want to sell or move. OSU will deal with these residents by using their position of "eminent domain." You can learn more about this injustice here.

"Boone State" is two people's irreverent response to this shameful and flagrant abuse of power. One is an OSU student who lives in the area and is about to lose the home he has owned for four years. The other is an OSU graduate who is acting as a concerned citizen.

I hope that the "two people's irreverent response" is heard.

I hope that the two comic strip "characters" are listening.

I e-mailed them and asked if I could post one of their strips. Permission was given as long as proper credit was given.

I'm sure there are lot of Oklahoma blogs that get a lot more traffic than I do. Maybe those bloggers would be willing to do the same thing.

I'll try to help the comic strip guys along...

with some exposure...

here on my little blog.


**More info here.


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