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Protect our private property rights

To the editor: It is unfair for government to change land use regulations after the landowner has purchased property. It is even more unfair, when compensation is not given to landowners for the loss suffered from the regulations. Measure 7, which was on the ballot last November, provided compensation to landowners. Compensation when government takes private property is not a new notion. In 1973 the Legislature (that enacted the state’s land use planning system) intended compensation for landowners for the regulations that take private property. They directed a legislative committee to develop a compensation system like Measure 7, but the system was never developed or enacted. That is why Measure 7 is so important —- it finalizes the 1973 Legislature’s intent to protect private property rights. Phil Weigand Prineville