According the News-Miner, Tammie Wilson claims the 2005 borough junkyard debate launched her political career. She expressed concern that the proposed junkyard rules would make her a violator, and infringe on her private property rights. During these borough meetings, Mrs. Wilson and I were political allies.
However, after visiting Mrs. Wilson’s campaign address and her Web site, I no longer support her interpretation of “private property rights.” Mrs. Wilson’s campaign plank extends far beyond what I view as reasonable.
I believe my private property rights allow me to build or store things on my land in a manner that does not undermine the value of my neighbors’ property or detract from the character of my neighborhood.
Would you welcome Mrs. Wilson as your neighbor if she relocated her campaign “headquarters” (and its “junkyard”) next door? Check out the following Web sites.
• http://www.tammiewilson.org/issues.php , lists 889 Esro Road as Mrs. Wilson’s campaign address, and prominently proclaims that “I support the right of private property owners to utilize their land as they see fit without additional municipal regulations.”
• Google Earth, Google Maps and the Borough property assessor’s Web site provide satellite images from 2007 showing that Mrs. Wilson’s campaign “headquarters” had about 10 or 15 junk vehicles. On these Web sites search for “889 Esro Rd, Fairbanks, Alaska.”
• An Oct. 15, 2009, aerial photo shows Mrs. Wilson has greatly expanded her junkyard. It has at least 40 vehicles, along with numerous objects typical of junkyards. See http://static.panoramio.com/photos/original/28251982.jpg. Should Mrs. Wilson’s monument to “private property rights” be cloned and dispersed throughout Fairbanks’ neighborhoods? You decide, then vote Tuesday.