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Opening Arguments

Wetland is still our land

We'll see this term if the Roberts court is willing to back off from the outrageous devastation of property rights in the Kelo decision.

The justices agreed to take up claims that regulators have gone too far by restricting development of property that is miles away from any river or waterway.

With more than 100 million acres of wetlands in the contiguous United States, a total as big as California, the stakes are high, the justices were told.

Here's some background on one of the cases. The issue is not without interest in Indiana. Yes, wetlands are important. But the defintion of "adjacent to a navigable waterway" has been stretched as far as the definition of "public use." Give us back our property, Mr. Roberts.