The Abington Township Commissioners have begun unjustified legal proceedings to seize the property of Elizabeth Patane, an 80-year-old widow who has made it clear she will fight the taking to the last inch. A rally in support of Mrs. Patane’s property rights will be held rain or shine on Saturday, October 17, 2009, featuring a march on the Abington Township building (but please no torches or pitchforks!).
Supporters will begin gathering at noon on Saturday in the parking lot of Mrs. Patane property, 1180 Easton Road, Roslyn Penna, 19001 (www.tinyurl.com/TheStolenProperty). The rally will be called to order at 1 PM, and at 1:15 will begin a march on the township building, making two twenty-minute stops along the way. The first will be at the home of Commissioner Lori Schreiber who first proposed the taking, and the second at the home of Commissioner John Carlin who voted in favor of it. The route will follow sidewalks through residential neighborhoods all the way, so it’s alright to bring the kids and strollers along.
By 3 PM the rally is expected to arrive at the Abington Township building, 1176 Old York Road, Abington Penna. 19001. Numerous dignitaries will be on hand to address the citizens, including Dick and Nancy Saha of Coatesville, who successfully fought back efforts by that town to seize their family farm. Also speaking are Pat Sellers of Chester County, a veteran of the Saha victory, and Ken Krawchuk, former Libertarian candidate for Pennsylvania Governor and a long-time Abington activist. In addition to members of the Patane family, every Abington Township Commissioner has also been invited to briefly address the rally (although few are likely to accept). Ceremonies are expected to conclude around 4 PM.
In addition to the big march on the township building, there will be two roving rallies, one before the march and one afterwards. The morning rally begins at 10 AM in Roychester Park, and will pay visits to the homes of three other commissioners who voted in favor of taking Mrs. Patane’s property: James Ring, Les Benzak, and Carol DiJoseph. The afternoon rally begins at 4:30 PM to visit the final three: Michael O’Connor, Steven Kline, and Ernie Peacock. A detailed itinerary can be found at http://www.tinyurl.com/RallyForPropertyRights, but it is subject to change. Commissioners have until midnight Thursday to recant their vote in order to be dropped from the agenda.
According to official minutes posted at http://www.Abington.org, the Abington Commissioners voted in February to use eminent domain to seize Mrs. Patane’s storefront property for use as a neighborhood library, even though the main township library is approximately one mile away and no other neighborhood has its own library. Further, there was another building already for sale across the street from Mrs. Patane’s property which could have been purchased instead, and without litigation. Township officials have admitted that Mrs. Patane’s taxes were current and that there were no code violations or safety concerns. Still, Commissioner Peacock is on record saying, “Taking it is the right thing to do.” Initial outlays for the Patane property are anticipated to be almost $2 million (not counting litigation), but the Abington Commissioners have stated on record that they cannot say what the final cost might be, and that there is no fixed dollar amount or cost estimate for the project, nor any guarantee of success. The last high-profile taking in Abington ended up costing almost three times the property’s value due to costs of litigation, and Coatesville squandered $7 million attempting to seize the Saha farm before finally admitted defeat.
I love what I do . . . liberty activism keeps me goin’. Even though I wish it wasn’t necessary. Big government is ridiculous and this lack of property rights has got to go! As I usually say, “Wake up, wake up, wake up.” Greater good? Individual rights is where it’s at. Today someone told me not to step on their property when I was walking by with a sign that said “Our rights are founded on the idea of private property.” HA. Does he know I’m out in the freezing cold rain working to PROTECT his property rights? I wish that people could be educated about the ideals of liberty and freedom rather than what is currently taught in schools. Could the world be more humane and principled? No, of course not! Let’s talk about government corruption. Let’s talk about left vs. right. Let’s talk about how we have this thing called the Constitution and all these rights but they just get taken away from us little by little every day. And let’s talk about how no one cares. Ok. Mini rant over.
Tomorrow I am doing the 8 mile AIDS walk in Philly — if anyone is interested in joining, talk to me. (Yes! Liberty minded people aren’t selfish and they do want to help society out! As long as it’s not FORCED and there’s not a GUN TO MY HEAD if I refuse to be stolen from, IE taxes taxes taxes).