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Opinion

April 18, 2014

Letter: Respect for property rights is fading

To the editor:

The story by Christian M. Wade, "Cities use court receivers to clean up derelict properties" (April 5), illustrates the lack of respect for the rights of Americans as regards their own property that is too prevalent in America today.

Did it ever occur to anyone that property owners have a right to do what they want with their own property? Zoning laws and what the article describes as a "program that provides lawyers and resources to track down landowners and force them to clean up or sell dilapidated properties" violate this right.

Is America now a communist nation?

Wayne Ramsay

Salem

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