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Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Susette Kelo in today's Providence Journal...

The threat of eminent domain continues even though Governor Rell asked that our homes be incorporated in the redevelopment project; the City Council rejected that request, choosing instead to evict us. We now face the prospect that when the wrecking crew is trundling down the road, the city councilors -- my own city officials, who are supposed to protect my rights -- will have us dragged from our homes.

Nevertheless, I and the others who remain, who are outraged at this gross violation of our basic civil rights, still plan to keep our homes. That's how much they mean to us. We plan to keep fighting.

At some point, a day of reckoning will come for all. We will all have to answer for things we've done or failed to do. On that day, I would much rather be me than be the people trying to take my home.

Her letter can be found here.

Unfortunately, the politicians are too interested in grabbing the money -- whether it is through increased tax revenues from economic development, or campaign donations from the developers -- to do the right thing. I'd like to say that Republicans weren't as bad on this, but they usually are.
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