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Dear Yankee

Dear Yankee
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Andrea Buchanan, Stratford, CT
Speaking My Mind:
Should the government be allowed to take your home?

Whenever the subject of eminent domain comes up, the talk is about property and compensation. When a person or family has made a house a home, however, it becomes another kind of property — one for which there is no tangible compensation. The accumulation of memories, interactions, relationships — the views of nature, exchanges with neighbors, working in the home and garden — these are but a few of the things for which no amount of money can compensate. There are those who don’t mind taking the money and moving on. But there are those for whom their homes are investments of the heart, even the soul — these are the people devastated by acts of eminent domain. And this is something the law needs to take into consideration.

Victoria Miller, San Pedro, CA

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