We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
It's tough on these folks, but they know they live on a flood plain, and know it will happen once in a while despite the levees which attempt to tame the untameable and mighty Father of Waters.That Mississippi silt from flooding is the reason they have such great farmland.
My dear American friends, you cannot imagine how we envy your First Amendment. The day when America
follows the example of Europe and Canada and introduces so-called “hate
speech crimes” which is only used to punish people who are critical of
islam, that day America will have lost its freedom.
I had too many arguments in H.S. senior English to care. I told the teacher flat out, the rules were made by teachers, interpreted by teaches, and change on the whim of teachers without rhyme or reason. For reference, the brief flirtation with "an historic". All through my years of english it was "a historic moment" up and until the time that Barbara Walters started using the "an" because with the backing of the educated elite, the "h" in historic was silent. This flew in the face of everything I had been taught and thankfully, this rule change did not seem to catch on. Add the rule about ending a sentence with a preposition "what on earth for?" which now is accepted usage and it is no wonder most students give up and just go along to get along (and pass the class).
Setbacks: "setbacks are arguably closest to a pure "taking" of land, in that the municipality deprives a landowner of all, or virtually all development rights to a substantial proportion of his property"
Setbacks were the closest thing to pure 'taking' until busybody petty tyrant vogons came up with newer ideas like lot coverage % limits. But 'sliding scales' for subdivision maximums on rural properties might be the most egregious taking so far. (and I won't even get into historic districts and env and other historic regulations)
I witnessed a couple in zoning seeking to build a second house on their 25 acre lot for an aging parent. Board said they needed to subdivide to build, but then said they couldn't because back in '76 the previous owner already used up the "allotment" of 3 subdivides off a 30 acre parcel when they sold off 3 small lots for houses. Conclusion: they "own" 25 acres and cannot build on it or sell off a portion for building. Then to rub it in, they asked about adding an addition on their own house, and the board told them they could add a room, but cannot make an "in-law suite" with bathroom/kitchenette etc because at some point in the future, they might be able to lease it out which would be a violation of ordinance in that zone.
It's unreal. They are paying taxes on 25 acres, but I do not see how they "own" it. More like they are leasing it from the Twp. And this is in a rural area of York County, PA which is heavily conservative. the leftist areas are even more totalitarian.
Yes, people do live in a flood plain and they benefit from the deposit of river silt but it might be acknowledged that the last time they opened the spillway in the linked article was 1973. Of course, everyone got all upset about New Orleans flooding and those idiots live below sea level and from the street level, you look up to see the ships go by.