To the editor — I have been reading the articles on the East-West Corridor project and the personal stories of those most directly affected with concern and sadness for the impact on their lives and, also, concern that this project many not be the best option for the future. I appreciated the timely and astute questions Anne Mohagen posed.
I am heartened to read Mr. Pietrusiewicz’s assurance that individuals most directly impacted would be treated fairly: “the goal is that they will be in the same or better position when the process is done.” While the Fifth Amendment is interpreted to grant government the right of eminent domain, it was assumed at the time that the king already had that right. Amendment V was part of a new idea (England): laws to limit the rights of kings. It is a statement of protections for the individual against the power of might, specifically that no person “be deprived of life, liberty or property, without due process of law: nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation."
Would the money needed for this “massive construction project” be more wisely spent on a “massive public transit system?