What would you call a proposed bill to make it more expensive for state-sponsored universities to acquire land? How about "a good start"?
Ball State University spokesman Tony Proudfoot says the school opposes the bill because it changes the law for just one entity that can use eminent domain.
Couldn't agree more. Make it more expensive -- and much more difficult -- for all units of government in Indiana to acquire private property.
Indiana Tech, meanwhile, is not amused that the owner of a small plot of land in Fort Wayne where it wants to build a new dorm is rejecting the school's offer of $25,000:
Indiana Tech finance official Judy Roy says the legal maneuvering is a ploy to get more money from the university.
Yes, damn those irritating citizens and their tiresome "ploys" to protect their property rights. Don't they know enough to get out of the way of progress?