April 23, 2011

Kelo Update: Guess What New Developer Wants Before Going Forward?

KeloHouseMonumentIn its infamous June 2005 Kelo vs. New London ruling, a Supreme Court majority allowed the city of New London to seize the properties of holdout homeowners in that city’s Fort Trumbull area for the “public purpose” of economic development, not a “public use” as the Constitution’s Fifth Amendment requires.

It has been eleven years since the litigation began, six years since the court’s ruling, and almost five years since the final settlement between the City and final holdouts the Cristofaro family and Susette Kelo, whose former home (pictured at the right) now stands elsewhere as a de facto monument to the perils of overbearing government. The land involved is still vacant, and nothing of substance has since happened. In late 2009, Pfizer, the economic linchpin which supposedly drove the city’s need to remake the area, announced that it was pulling out of New London.

After several false starts, the city is working with a new developer. As of February of last year, this developer wanted to put rental townhouses in an area where century-old, largely owner-occupied homes once stood.

Early Friday, the New London Day’s Kathleen Edgecomb reported a new twist. Wait until you see the what the developer wants before going forward.

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Enviro News You Can Use

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:04 am

So predictable — environmental hazards, brought to you by environmental zealots (bolds are mine):

The energy-saving (CFL) bulbs release cancer causing chemicals when switched on and can result in severe troubles if located near to the head, A group of scientists from Germany stated.

The mercury with injurious effects is discharged at the time of bulb crocks up, now this newest research added one more aspect to the list of demerits that the cancerous chemicals are expelled when the energy- saving bulbs are turned on.

Besides this, the chemical discharge takes the form of stem with constitution of toxic partials including phenol, naphthalene and styrene.

Andreas Kirchner, an associate of the Federation of German Engineers, stated, “Electrical smog develops around these lamps. I therefore use them only very economically. They should not be used in unventilated areas and definitely not in the proximity of the head.”

For this we outlawed incandescents?

One would think that the trial lawyers will be jumping on this — or do they stay away from “environmentally correct” products, even when demonstrably dangerous?

Positivity: Pope appoints youngest bishop in US to Detroit archdiocese

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 7:00 am

From Detroit:

Apr 18, 2011

Pope Benedict appointed Texas priest Jose Auturo Cepeda as an auxiliary bishop of Detroit. At the age of 41, he will become the youngest bishop in the U.S.

Bishop-elect Cepeda currently serves as the rector of Assumption Seminary in San Antonio and is the third in a recent round of newly appointed auxiliary bishops for the Archdiocese of Detroit.

Upon news of his appointment on April 18, the bishop-elect – who has never visited the city outside of its airport – expressed excitement over his upcoming move.

“I will learn much from the Church of Detroit,” he said on Monday. “God is the One who does all the work and gives us all the grace we need. All we need to do is say ‘yes,’ just like Mary. That’s my attitude.”

Bishop-elect Cepeda will join Bishop-elects Monsignor Donald Hanchon and Michael Byrnes in being ordained bishops on May 5 at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament.

Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron welcomed the appointment and said that the new bishop-elect “comes to us with an apostolic mission to use all of his many gifts and talents for the service of the whole People of God in Southeast Michigan – with particular attention to that portion of our family which is Hispanic.”

“He is a true son of Our Lady of Guadalupe,” Archbishop Vigneron added. “I know she will help him to share his gifts with us, so that all of us – from so many diverse cultures – will share our gifts of grace with one another.”

Archbishop Jose Gomez, the former head of the San Antonio archdiocese who is now leading the Church in Los Angeles, told CNA, “The appointment of Fr. Cepeda gives me great joy.”

He described the bishop-elect as “a close and valuable collaborator” in San Antonio in his roles as the Director of Vocations and rector of the seminary.

The Archdiocese of Detroit is receiving “a good priest and a shepherd full of zeal and energy,” Archbishop Gomez added. “I am sure he will be missed in San Antonio, but as a bishop he will serve a larger flock.”

“Fr. Cepeda can count on my fervent prayers for his new pastoral duties.”

Born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, Bishop-elect Cepeda came to the U.S. with his family at the age of 19, having already started his discernment for joining the priesthood. He was ordained a priest in 1996 at his home parish of St. Mary Magdalen in San Antonio.

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