‘Takings Clause’ Should Protect All Property

By Anonymous

The Supreme Court should view with a skeptical eye this unaccountable and unfettered power to confiscate that agencies have granted unto themselves.

Your editorial “A Brave New Habitat” (Oct. 1) states that “the four sitting liberal Justices may not want to rein in the administrative state.” The issue centers on the definition of “habitat.” The more important issue is: What is the definition of theft? Once the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has declared the property owned by Weyerhaeuser “critical habitat,” it has also declared the property to be financially worthless. A corporation has the means to pursue an injustice like this through the legal system. But what options does the average powerless small landowner, without the deep-pocketed financial wherewithal of...