Regarding this entire Parkside fiasco, I realize people make mistakes. However, it’s difficult to believe no county commissioner, nor the developer, had any clue whatsoever that this City/County Plaza land was unavailable for sale, as the history of its being gifted in perpetuity for public use is largely common knowledge among locals.
Perhaps worse, there has apparently still been nothing done to prevent development on a corrupt—oh, I’m sorry, “mistaken”—land sale that is currently under litigation. Unacceptable!
The land was [apparently] sold illegally, or perhaps more appropriately put—seized from Buncombe taxpayers, and now those responsible appear to be passing the buck and hiding behind legal procedure.
OK, we have a legal procedure called eminent domain we’d like to enact!
If representatives and developers knowingly or unknowingly rip us taxpayers off by illegally taking our land, then We the People demand justice by taking it back—through any legal means!
If there is no other provision in our corrupt in-justice system for immediately halting this illegal development, then let’s resort to eminent domain now. Otherwise, We the People of Buncombe County are open to alternative suggestions.
This is not a “Kelo case,” but rather a call to enact a constitutional provision as intended, in order to uphold justice.
Perhaps noteworthy for representatives to consider: As justice continues not to be served via our corrupt judicial and legislative systems, the People will begin to take justice into their own hands.
The entire fiasco stinks of corruption and unaccountability—not to be taken personally, as it’s a general growing feeling of We the People for our government at all levels!
If this matter is allowed to continue, all representatives involved should be held accountable for their actions and inactions.
Whether or not the local voters will decide to stand up for liberty and justice as opposed to partisan politics, I’m not holding my breath!
— Bernard Baruch Carman