“Circumstances (which with some gentlemen pass for nothing) give in reality to every political principle its distinguishing colour and discriminating effect. The circumstances are what render every civil and political scheme beneficial or noxious to mankind.” – Edmund Burke
Last week I did question what Maketa’s final decision would be regarding respecting property rights of the owners affected by the mandatory evacuation. The Sheriff could have easily continued to keep a tight grip on the area, denying access to property owners and threatening arrest, in an attempt to protect the citizens from any potential harm. It is government’s primary function to protect the citizens and Sheriff Maketa deserves full credit for doing what he felt was just with the actions he took in response to the fire.
I’m pleased that the Sheriff suddenly changed his course and rapidly opened up all of the fire ravaged areas these last few days to the property owners showing his respect to their property rights. Thanks Sheriff Maketa. Your decision making during the changing circumstances was beneficial to us all. Respecting life, liberty and property is what virtuous government is all about.
Last week, Liberty First decided to organize an effort to help the victims and property owners of the Black Forest Fire. The Liberty First - Liberty Tree Fund was formed to help reforest the Black Forest. This is a fundraising campaign that will be in place for some time to come as the reforesting process will take a number of years.
Many property owners will want to plant trees after they have rebuilt and repaired their properties. Some property owners may not have the funds or ability to replant trees on their land. Liberty First understands this and wants to be there to help them plant and to help reforest the Black Forest.
Please consider supporting the Liberty Tree Fund and give a gift that will last generations to come!
David L. Kelly