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Albemarle Tradewinds August 2016 Web Final

August 2016

Respect for property

Respect for property rights is the foundation of a free and prosperous society Respect for property rights is fundamental to maintaining a free and prosperous society. If you can’t buy, sell or use your property as you see fit, so long as you harm no one else, then you don’t really own it. “Government is instituted to protect property of every sort,” noted James Madison, regarded as the Father of the U.S. Constitution. “This being the end of government, that alone is a just government which impartially secures to every man, whatever is his own.” Governments today have turned this fundamental principle on its head. Municipal councils, state legislatures, and federal bureaucrats routinely issue decrees telling owners what they can and cannot do with their property. At best these rules are merely costly inconveniences. At worst, government seizes the property from the owner. Libertarians would free property owners from these, as long as their choices don’t harm or infringe on the rights of others. We’d repeal all zoning ordinances. In their place, we’d uphold both the rights of private owners to use and develop their property as they see fit and the rights of their neighbors to be protected from any direct harm caused by such use. Instead of restricting freedom, Libertarians would have government encourage free people to establish private contractual relationships that promote harmonious land use and development. The two most egregious infringements on property rights are civil asset forfeiture and eminent domain. Libertarians would end the first and severely restrict the second. Seizing private property is in direct conflict with the government’s role to protect private property. Civil asset forfeiture basically lets government take your property just for suspecting you of a crime, a practice reeking with the potential for abuse. Eminent domain is not much better. The state constitution provides very flimsy protection for property rights. It says “No person shall be … deprived of his life, liberty or property, but by the law of land.” (Article I, Section 19 ) But this is meaningless when a small group of legislators– or even one, like the Speaker of the House – can change the law on a whim. Libertarians propose amending the state constitution to prohibit the taking of property for private interests and to require full compensation to the owner as determined by a jury. by Brian Irving Brian Irving, 67 of Cary, is the chair of the Libertarian Party of North Carolina. he retired Air Force office is a freelance writer. He’s currently a candidate for NC House 36. Did you know the Albemarle Tradewinds is located in more than 200 locations in NENC and Chesapeake? Classes at the Bead Spot Classes at The Bead Spot are by appointment during shop hours, Wednesdays thru Saturday 10am to 4pm. All classes are $20 per person plus materials. Participants can choose to learn the basics of jewelry making. Students will learn how to string and finish a necklace with a clasp and make a pair of earrings. Additional classes include: Introduction to Kumihimo – the Japanese art of braiding cord. Kumihimo II – Learn to add beads to your Kumihimo braid. Beadweaving Classes: Peyote, Herringbone, Brick Stitch, Dutch “The chair is Spiral, etc – The bead weaving sessions demonstrate various against the wall” techniques working with needle, thread and seed beads. 38 Albemarle Tradewinds August 2016 albemarletradewinds.com

Fundraising drive saves Delbert Melton’s land from auction By Rob Morris Reprinted with permission from outerbanksvoice.com/commentary/ After some tense moments wondering if donations would clear in time, a group raising money by online crowdfunding to pay fines for a man whose property was up for auction in Kill Devil Hills has met its goal. As late as Tuesday, concerns rose that the YouCaring website would not be able to transfer the donations into Delbert Melton’s bank account by today’s deadline. “Toward the evening, we started getting incredibly generous messages from people who were offering to loan the money that hadn’t yet transferred, as well as other incredible gestures. We went to sleep knowing it would be fine, but we weren’t sure exactly how,” the fund raisers wrote on the site. Before time ran out, Southern Bank sent notification that the money had been deposited, and the $22,000 he needed was available. “So this morning, Delbert went to the bank, got his cashier’s check, and then we went to the Dare County Sheriff’s Office to pay his fines in total,” the fund raisers wrote. It’s done. You saved his property.” Bidding was scheduled to end Thursday, and the county said it needed the fine paid by Wednesday to take the property off the auction block. Although the fines were levied by the town, the auction was handled by the Dare County Sheriff’s Office. The town said that it had been trying to get the property at 1208 Swan Street cleaned up for over 20 years. Officials first started receiving complaints in 1992 and issued a notice of violation. The auction of the property drew strong public reaction after the Voice reported that town Commissioner Michael Midgette and his father were involved in the bidding. Getting the exact amount needed by Melton had proven difficult, according to Tracy Chafin, one of the organizers of the fundraising effort, and others when they inquired with town officials. They finally learned Monday the exact total needed is $22,723.82. More than $6,000 was raised on Friday alone. And the donations continued to build over the weekend, including $5,000 donation from an anonymous business in Duck. Defenders of the Cross ( a Christian based Veterans, first responders, and family members bible study/support group) meet the first Sunday of each month at New Hope Christian Fellowship at 2PM. for more information call one of the following: Ron 252-340-0629 Angel 252-455-5147 C J 252-214-3923 facebook.com/AlbemarleTradingPost Albemarle Tradewinds August 2016 39