Snuff out use of liens in 'paper terrorism'

  • Article by: Editorial Board , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 29, 2013 - 1:10 PM

Minnesota has catch-up work to do to protect officials, consumers.

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george13Aug. 29, 13 5:24 AM

Why did we have to learn about this in the New York Times? I guess the local media is too busy making tired jokes about food on a stick.

EleanoreAug. 29, 13 9:35 AM

You do need to be careful not to go too far either way. When people are left with no means to act against those who ahve cost them their homes or businesses or freedom, they will have nothing left but their lives with which to correct the situation and that would be ugly. We cannot allow a society of those protected by a code of law, and those not whether it is because they can't afford it, or because they are otherwise disenfranchised. Everything we see going on around us today has overtones of increasing that bifurcation in society. Creating a more dangerous Minnesota is not in anyones best interest.

boris123Aug. 29, 13 2:32 PM

There are too many government programs and protections for people who do not want to be accountable or responsible for their decisions and their behavior. I for one say enough. The bifurcation created by this and similar entitlements is costing the law abiding productive citizens their freedoms. If people think someone else has cost them their homes or businesses they have not looked in the mirror - 9.5 out of 10 of these losses are self-inflicted. To believe otherwise is to live in a fantasy world.

eddie55431Aug. 29, 13 2:35 PM

Eleanore....seriously? "We cannot allow a society of those protected by a code of law, and those not whether it is because they can't afford it, or because they are otherwise disenfranchised." You are defending people who broke the law? We are ALL protected by the code of law, but these false filings has nothing to do with anything but harassing public officials. To file a lien you must have some financial interest in the property against which you are filing the lien, such as a plumber who files to insure he gets paid for his work or a lender who needs to secure his loan. Your false populism makes no sense, because a system that did not have a proper structure to control liens would destroy the ability of people who need money to be able to borrow it. Only those who don't need the money (because they are rich) would be able to guarantee their loans and borrow money. You have it backward, this needs to be fixed precisely to HELP the poor and disenfranchised by having a secure lien system to secure their borrowing! Abusing the lien system hurts those "who have no means to act"....

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