Wednesday, June 4, 2014

One Pissed Off Man, Many More In The Wings


Ten years ago today, Marvin Heemeyer decided to settle his complaints against the City of Granby, CO and some of the residents. The Mayor had this to say.


"I'm trying to be politically correct, but this guy was a nasty son of a bitch," Wang said.



You can read an account here.


Granby is mainly a tourist and skier service center as most of the ranches in the area no longer function as working cattle ranches. Zoning was late coming to the small Colorado mountain towns but by the mid 1970’s most towns had zoning laws. They weren’t universally welcomed, and were often manipulated for personal gains (and losses).

If you took Belfast, Northern Ireland at the height of the “Troubles” then added Jerusalem, you might approach the intensity of emotions in some of these towns. Marvin Heemeyer was one of the losers, and decided to make a point.

So why this posting? Because I fear our country is full of Marvin Heemeyers and at some point they will start striking. 
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