Well neighbor, looks like we were bamboozled. That's what passes for governance in Oxford County. Maybe the Feds want to pay to maintain our road? Duguay, Merrill, and Jackson couldn't leave well enough alone. I wonder why not? What did they have to gain? At least Scott Cole has integrity.
It does defy logic. It was not necessary to take this road. Residents had confirmed public right of way and were willing to pursue improvements with the Forest Service, so it was all for nothing...but ego. Guess there is plenty of money to spend in Oxford County these days.
Does anyone else think the admission by County Administrator, Scott Cole, is shocking? As the writer queries, should expediency trump individual liberty and property rights in Oxford County? Are rights worth so little that they should go to the lowest bidder? There is a reason we have due process in this country. Government intrusion should always be examined under the microscope of justice and fairness. Threats of eminent domain should not be bandied about.
As Thomas Jefferson said, “I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.”
As the subject of this letter I feel compelled to note: We love our land. We love that people want to visit the place where we live and we have no problem with people using the road on our land. We respect our neighbors and we understand the needs of the local economy to utilize the forest. And for that we should be punished and stripped of our rights? Shame!
A threat to liberty anywhere is a threat to liberty everywhere. If you agree let the Commissioners Merrill, Duguay, and Jackson hear your voice!