The return of Sunday Commentary – I’m bringing back this regular feature. Today the topic is common ground, or what should be common ground for all.
The subject came to mind after reading a New York Times article about a pipeline company’s attempts to use the power of eminent domain to take land for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. This pipeline would transport oil from the tar sands of Canada all the way down to the Gulf of Mexico.
It’s a dirty proposition, in more ways than one. But the idea that a private company can use eminent domain to take property is incredibly dirty. Of course, recent federal court rulings support this twisted use of the power. But companies like TransCanada or US companies should never be allowed to use eminent domain to take land – for a for-profit venture.