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August 4, 2013

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Zoning changes threaten property rights

To the editor:

The Sustainable Communities Initiative/Regional Planning Commission vision includes under “strategies to overcome anticipated barriers”, “New Hampshire’s strong tradition of individual and property rights and the resultant resistance to planning and zoning”

With FBC zoning, the rights of the community prevail over those of the individual. Planners prefer the highly rigid and constrictive FBC because they can administer it more easily with less input from you or your representatives on the planning and zoning boards.

More importantly for individual and property rights, traditional or conventional zoning supports constitutionally protected private property from being taken without just compensation, whether the taking is by eminent domain or because of overly burdensome land use regulations devised by bureaucrats and enforced under the police powers of the state.

These same constitutional protections are not applicable with FBC zoning because the outcomes are predetermined in and development plan devised by unelected technicians other administrative government employees who are paid to administer it.

FBC also costs twice to quadruple that of conventional zoning.

Martha Spalding

Salem

Philosopher’s life offers lesson for today

To the editor:

I was listening to a religion program, and they were referring to the philosopher Epictetus many times. That prompted my curiosity to do some research about him. Epictetus was born in Hierapolis in Phrygia in 55 AD. He was a slave woman’s son and therefore himself a slave. He had little chance for education, as he passed from one owner and city to another, until he found himself the property of Epaphroditos, a powerful member of Nero’s imperial court.

Epaphroditos allowed him to attend lectures of Musonius Rufus and later freed Epictetus, who was an avid reader. Eventually he settled in Nicopolos, where he became a famous philosopher and drew to his lectures students from many different parts of Greece.

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