January 27, 2014

By Mark J. Fitzgibbons

extra extra newspaperAmerican Thinker has covered the saga of Virginia farmer Martha Boneta, who was cited in 2012 by Fauquier County government and threatened with $5,000 per-day fines for hosting a private birthday party for eight 10-year-old girls without a permit, and advertising pumpkin carvings — even though she had a business license. Boneta’s tiny farm store where she sold organic vegetables, beeswax candles and fibers from her over-100 rescued animals was shut down as she took a principled course of action to fight the county. Every day local governments across the country abuse zoning laws to bully citizens, and violate property and other constitutionally protected rights. Most of these abuses are never known by the general public because citizens lack the resources to challenge these violations, or fear fighting back because of the well-known propensity of government to retaliate. Citizens often concede to these abuses, and part little by little — or a whole lot, literally and figuratively — with their rights. The U.S. Supreme Court recently called some local abuses of zoning or land use laws “extortive.”

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