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    Vt. farmer draws a line at US bid to bolster border

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    Quote(The red brick house sits unassumingly on a sleepy back road where the lush farmlands of northern Vermont roll quietly into Canada. This is the Morses Line border crossing, a point of entry into the United States where more than three cars an hour constitute heavy traffic.
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    The bucolic setting of silos and sugar maples has become the focus of a bitter dispute that pits one of America’s most revered traditions — the family-owned farm — against the post-9/11 reality of terror attacks on US soil.

    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.)

    Evidently no such concern with regards to securing a Southern Border.
    Oh well guess the majority of illegals do not tend to use this Canadian/Us Vermont border crossing.

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    Re: Vt. farmer draws a line at US bid to bolster border

    Some things worth noting:

    The family’s many supporters in the area do not dispute that the Morses Line facility, some 50 miles southeast of Montreal, is outdated. But they do not understand why the government needs to spend millions on it.

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    Homeland Security officials counter that modernizing border facilities should be a national priority. US Customs and Border Protection received $420 million in federal stimulus funds to renovate ports of entry along the Canadian and Mexican borders. Morses Line, one of 15 ports between Vermont and Quebec, was among the first in the country slated for repair. It was built in 1934. Its only detention facility is a set of handcuffs attached to a wooden bench. It has no place to inspect vehicles, so customs officers have to do it in the middle of the road. It has a road gate that they have to open and close manually. Its roof leaks. “It is unsafe,’’ said Marco A. Lopez, spokesman for US Customs and Border Protection.
    The Rainvilles say the land, where they grow a portion of the feed for 150 head of cattle, is worth far more than the offer, and is critical at a time when the low price of milk has dairy farmers struggling to cover the cost of production.

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    The plot is a fraction of their 220-acre property, but it constitutes about one-twelfth of their available hay land. It yields 1,000 bales of hay a year; without it, the family would need to buy the hay at $3.25 a bale, and possibly reduce the number of cows, said Craig Rainville, 32. He calculates that the cost would soon exceed the sum the government is offering...
    It sounds like the quibbling is less over the need for the land and more over the price that will be paid.
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    Re: Vt. farmer draws a line at US bid to bolster border

    To bad we can't keep up with this story (probably never hear about it again) as I hear the on rushing sound of "eminent domain" screaming down the track.
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    Re: Vt. farmer draws a line at US bid to bolster border

    We interrupt this thread for a picture of a volleyball game, with the US-Mexico border fence being used as the net.



    We now return you to your regularly scheduled thread.

    Last edited by danarhea; 05-18-10 at 12:53 AM.
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