|Boxes by Jerry...|
I am relieved that this is a rather gentle paced class. Having a small class means that I don't have quite as many questions to answer all at once, and I am having time to address the concerns of each student, helping them to learn at the pace that is comfortable to them.
We have an important public hearing about the SWEPCO powerline project on Monday, July 15 and I learned last night that I may have been preparing my own public comments in vain. SWEPCO's attorneys asked the administrative law judge to prevent comments from those who have already filed affidavits or testimony in the case. The idea is clearly a violation of the first amendment, as a public hearing is not exactly the same thing as a court of law and yet the administrative law judge has seemingly concurred with SWEPCO's view. Taking the first amendment rights of those who oppose your plans would seem to be a reasonable line of thought for an American corporation that is planning to take property by eminent domain as well. It goes with the corporate ethos. It is deeply disconcerting to find an administrative law judge so ready to concur. I'm thinking at this point that we will need to seek additional legal council just to combat the taking of our first amendment rights.
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