Do Monarchs need Paul Cherubini?

Stan Gorodenski stanlep at
Sun Apr 21 13:49:01 EDT 2002

Chuck Vaughn wrote:
> As an environmentalist or conservationist one would likely say, "Okay,
> no logging. We have to protect this area forever." OTOH, the logger would
> likely say, "Fine about the science but I don't care. I own the property.
> I need to provide for my family. I meet a demand in the market. Keep
> the government out of my private property." As a result the two sides
> are at each other's throats. It's not too hard to see why the logger
> might want to stiffle science.

To continue the OT slightly more, the "I own the property" notion is
incorrect. No one 'owns' real estate. Just stop paying property taxes
and see how long you own it, or see how successful you are in stopping
eminent domain proceedings, or attempt to exclude yourself from zoning
ordinances. The reality is that we are 'renting', in a sense, property
use during the short time we have on this earth. Therefore, society can
collectively decide the ultimate fate of a tract of land. 

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