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Last-minute petition drive seeks to save Hotel of Terror building 

Posted 3/14/23

Owner looks to referendum process to forestall the city’s eminent domain plans. 

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First we got the "parents rights" movement to contest what is taught in the classroom, what books are available to students, and the professional authority of teachers, administrators, and librarians to carry out their work.

Now, we have "Government by Petition." If you disagree with council's decision, just go ahead and let the citizens decide. Although I strongly agree with the right to petition government, this case, coming on the heels of the Galloway case, seems to have strong political overtones. The Hotel of Terror owner has said he's not opposed to selling; he's just posturing to get more for his property.

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