Local leaders put Rep. Beard on defensive

  • Article by: DAVID PETERSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 10, 2012 - 10:21 PM

Bills that pit government vs. property rights face pushback.

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chuckdancerMar. 10, 1210:28 PM

I disagree with this guy. I saw him on tv and he says he has to "defend" property rights against everybody else for people "playing by the rules". Well, I think people that have homes and have lived in communities for years, "playing by the rules", have property rights too. Communities shouldn't have to accept developments that will change the area from what it is to accomodate some development that claims "property rights". Notice that when you look at how business writes up how they will operate with others, they make sure that THEY control the future. The document always reserves the right to change, without notice, policies. They know that every possibility can not be covered for every possible contigency, so they reserve their rights. But Beard and the other ideologues that carry water for business interests want it reversed for everbody else. Business is supposed to be able to take advantage of all the unreserved rights of the public at large and government is suposed to rush through approvals to destroy others property rights to cater to the special property rights of business. Wrong!!

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gop2darkagesMar. 11, 12 8:00 AM

When you're a slave to your ideological "purity" -- although it's hard to find much that's "pure" about it here -- and you alienate folks one would think would be your allies, expect (rightfully) to have the voters recognize their mistake, come November.

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hoocoodanodeMar. 11, 12 8:01 AM

Beard is just another full-time employee of the Koch brothers. Just cashing in and selling out the rest of us. In other words, he is an abomination.

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halfabubbleMar. 11, 12 4:55 PM

Moratorium bills are important. When a city is confronted with something new within its city limits, they may not have the proper ordinances to regulate that business's location (think porn shops across from high schools or churches) or to control what happens on that property that might impact neighbors (think living next to a cell phone tower).

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dakmarknetMar. 11, 12 5:43 PM

hoocoodanode - You are correct in your assertion that Beard is just another full-time pmployee of the Koch brothers. Don Shelby did a piece on MN Post a few months back about him and to put it mildly, Rep. Beard is a fruitcake. My question is "How come the current Republican party is filled with such idiots?"

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Mister_EMar. 12, 12 9:54 AM

More proof that last year's crop of GOP legislators are both incompetent AND in the back pocket of corporate special interests. They continue to show who they serve, and it's NOT Minnesota taxpayers.

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psddaaMar. 12, 12 9:58 AM

Your Life doesn't get Better by chance, It gets better by change! and its time to change our Legislature in 2012!!!

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david62Mar. 12, 1210:00 AM

A typical Republican -- deeply concerned about the rights of corporations to do whatever they want and against the rights of regular people who live in the community affected to stop corporations who plan to polllute, degrade the environment, create disruptive noise, create health hazards and more. The people living in a community should have the power to stop a corporation from destroying their quality of life or at the very least slow down the process while the impact on the community is further explored. Beard is a corporate stooge who will do anything for the wealthy interests who fund Republicans like him. The GOP needs to go -- they no longer care about real people.

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TNELSON2003Mar. 12, 1212:36 PM

This bill got legs when the oil companies who are trying to open many silica mines in southern MN and have been slowed by 1 year moratoriums imposed by counties to closely examine the HUGE health risks & property devalutions to their neighbors. There is no upside to MN with these mines. As they say follow the money & you will see Mr Beard looking back at you with a huge grin. Save your state, the oil companies are coming. Not in the cities? there is one in Woodbury. SE MN is going to be one big open pit mine. Can you spell C A N C E R ?

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texas_technomanMar. 12, 12 2:29 PM

Pretty soon Minnesota will look like Sudbury, Ontario........open pits and tailing piles.........Land of a Ten Thousand Pits.....

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