(AP) A jury decided that a Georgia hospital is going to have to pay nearly five times what it offered if it wants to condemn a rental house where a frail, 93-year-old woman has lived for nearly three decades.
The jury said Thursday that Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital would have to buy the 60-year-old brick duplex for $200,000 _ it has been appraised at $50,000 to $60,000 _ and give the tenant $51,000 to help her move from her home of 26 years.
Bravo! Personal property rights win this round. I wish we saw more of this. People standing up for their rights and fighting to keep them. After all what good are our rights when we don't practice them? And if we don't practice them they become weak and frail and fall apart and disapear.
"Posterity: you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it."
John Quincy Adams
"It is in vain, Sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace! But there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the North will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that Gentlemen want? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"
"Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty."
Freedom is only purchased at a great cost. We should not so easily let go of it.