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This blog has previously reported and editorialized about Kevin M. Holler and Valerie Holler, property owners whose spare house at 1423 45th Ave. N. was in the path of library development. Overcoming the obstructionist stance of the property owners, Hennepin County recently voted to obtain the property by eminent domain. Since the founding of our great Republic, eminent domain has been the right of sovereign entities, albeit under the Fifth Amendment just compensation must be paid for any such "taking." This would be true under any interpretation of the Constitution, including an Originalist interpretation. Those who wish to dispute this (though they are wrong) should feel free to comment.
Word I'm receiving behind the scenes from one high-ranking city official is the Hollers (or anybody whose property is the subject of eminent domain in Hennepin County) will be crying all the way to the bank with a skip in their step.
It is interesting, however, that part of...
... the spirited public debate about the eminent domain question has revolved around a fact--stated in both Star Tribune coverage and in the Camden News--that Mr. and Mrs. Holler demanded the sum of ONE MILLION DOLLARS for their property.
However, in a spirited debate recently on North Talk Facebook page, in response to a comment by forum participant Kevin Sawyer, Valerie Holler issued a denial that an asking price of one million dollars had ever been placed on the table, saying as follows:
Valerie Holler Kevin Sawyer We did not ask Hennepin County for any amount of money. We never had any asking price because we were not trying to sell. We asked them to please not take our property away. They agreed. We believed them when (in 2009) they removed the threat of eminent domain. Rochelle Olson's reporting is not only biased, but also contains errors. Much of what we learn in the media has to do with the people and the affairs of government. Governments want to convince the public to support their policies and their officials. And because the media draw on content from the government, journalists and government sources at times cooperate with one another. Thus is the case with Rochelle Olson and Hennepin County.
As her only example of alleged error by the Strib, Valeria Holler put forth this example.
To which this blogger says: Even a half-literate child can tell the difference between a paraphrase and a direct quote, and what you're citing is a paraphrase, and a good and correct one at THAT.
For the record, I do not believe the denial of Valerie Holler that "one million dollars" wasn't put forth as an asking price, even if there may have been some static in the transmission and receiving, i.e., the words "a million dollars" may have been uttered as a way of saying, "We won't sell" and then were taken as an offer. But, then again...
No, I won't even go that far.
I simply do not believe the denial. But this written public denial is VERY INTERESTING and I figured it should be part of the public record especially since it is the job, sometimes, of bloggers to play watchdog to the mainstream media.
Whether the asking price was ever a million dollars and whether that can be proven, documented, or disproven will not, of course, have any effect upon stopping the bulldozer nor, for that matter, the very generous check the Hollers will receive for their property.