I wrote several political folks about the angst I felt on the Supreme Court’s Decision on Kelo Vs. New London recently. I got a letter last week from 1st District Kentucky Congressman, Ed Whitfield. I must say, I was impressed.
As usual, I expected a typical form letter that said “thanks for writing” — but the response I received not only addressed my concerns, it also educated me on another issue — one of which I was not yet aware.
The issue was an amendment to the FY06 Transportation/Treasury Appropriations bill which would prohibit the use of taxpayer dollars to enforce the Kelo decision. Whitfield, thankfully, voted against that as well. It’s now headed to the Senate.
Can you imagine? Not only can the government (by this Kelo decision) take your land to improve the tax base, they can also use the taxes you do pay to enforce their ability to do so. Geeze!
Now, this may be an extremely well-done form letter, but I’m pleased with it. It’s so much better and more valuable to me as a citizen than the ones I usually see when I write.
Thanks to this response and information from Ed Whitfield, I now feel that my interests ARE being represented on the Hill, even if the Supreme Court isn’t protecting me or my rights.