Editor, Manteca Bulletin,
I am writing to express my dismay at the consequences that Eric and Jeanette Hayes appear to be facing by the exercise of eminent domain by the City of Manteca. The course of action being followed by the city-hired appraiser may be within legal parameters but is hardly justifiable morally.
I want to live in a city where a family is fairly compensated for their home, their land, and all the amenities they have added whenever eminent is deemed necessary for the common good. How in the world are they ever to restore these lost financial assets for themselves?
Not only that, but I believe they should also be compensated for the distress of being forced to move from a home they have built and property they have improved for over 35 years.
It is quite disturbing to me that “the common good” would ever be pursued at the unjustified expense of one or a few. A city that would treat any family in this way cannot honestly lay claim to being “a Family City.”
It is my firm hope that you will re-visit the process currently underway and find the means to do the right thing.
Mary Ann Hills