Drawing A Line In The Sand, Up In VermontPosted: May 17, 2010
Up in northern Vermont, Franklin, Vermont, there is a red brick house which is located in a rural back road area, in which, heavy traffic would be considered having three cars an hour passing on by.
That rural bucolic setting of farm houses, silos, and sugar maples has become the focus of a very bitter dispute between Homeland Security who do believe that it needs to secure that border to protect the nation against terrorists who could bring in lethal weapons and an American farm family that need the land to feed their dairy cows hay.
At a time when the BIG DEAL is being made over the USA and Mexican southern border, with the state of Arizona STANDING UP to the FEDS and saying, ENFORCE THE SOUTHERN BORDER, what the HECK is WRONG HERE?
It seems like USA Homeland Security is only interested in taking care of some border areas when and only when there has been threats or actions taken by Islamofacists, be it the Fort Hood shooting incident, or the panty bomber arrest on Christmas Day, or even much more recent, the New York City Times Square SUV car bomb attempt of a few weeks ago.
According to the Boston Globe website: “The Department of Homeland Security sees Morses Line as a weak link in the nation’s borders, attractive to terrorists trying to smuggle in lethal materials. The government is planning an estimated $8 million renovation here as part of a nationwide effort to secure border crossings.
It intends to acquire 4.9 acres of border land on a dairy farm owned for three generations by the Rainville family. Last month, the Rainvilles learned that if they refuse to sell the land for $39,500, the government intends to seize it by eminent domain.
The Rainvilles call this an unjustified land-grab by federal bullies.
“They are trying to steamroll us,’’ said Brian Rainville, 36, a high school government and civics teacher whose grandfather bought the farm in 1946 and whose parents and two brothers run it now. “We have a buyer holding a gun to our head saying you have to sell or else.’’
The above shows my USA national government at work.
The problem is that, with more farmers struggling to keep and maintained farms, this effort to fix up the northern border is hitting up against a brick wall with this farm family that is trying to make a living via the land for the hay and the dairy cows for the milk.
Futhermore, this is once again a very misguided effort at spending precious USA tax dollars. While the security HAS to be upgraded, why is it at the EXPENSE of hard-working farm families, and in the Rainville family, which has had the farm for three generations, an effort to drive them off the farm?
Adding on: “It’s like taking a leg off a stool. If you reduce the hay, you reduce the herd; if you reduce the herd, you immediately affect the viability of the farm,’’ Brian Rainville said. “Last year, the farm lost money. Right now, we are hanging on by our fingernails.’’
Also even a former USA Customs inspector speaks out: “The whole thing is a perfect example of waste,’’ said Glen Gurwit of Swanton, a customs inspector for 31 years who frequently worked at Morses Line before retiring in 2004. He said the port is used mostly by locals crossing to visit relatives, play hockey, or shop, and is notable for its “peace, quiet, and isolation.’’
“We used to spend hours watching deer graze,’’ he said.”
IMHO, what I see is a very two-faced situation in which, the USA is only trying to ENFORCE one border, the northern one, at the COST of killing off a productive family dairy farm, at the same time when more such farms NEED to be kept, at a time when a state in our union, Arizona is DOING THE WORK that either the FEDS DO NOT OR WILL NOT WANT TO DO, ENFORCE ANOTHER BORDER, one in which, if any terrorists do come in, most likely it will be through THAT BORDER, the SOUTHERN BORDER, which besides illegals from Mexico, possible terrorists from the Middle East.
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