Fighting for reform in Missouri while under threat

From the Blue Springs Examiner, another profile of a Sugar Creek resident–this time Eleanor Miller, threatened by eminent domain. Miller is more than a threatened homeowner, she’s an activist:

Miller wants to put an end to eminent domain abuse in Missouri forever, no matter if a city is chartered or not.

“I think using eminent domain to serve a private developer is unethical and unAmerican,” Miller said.

This is why she has teamed up with Ron Calzone, chairman of Missouri Citizens for Property Rights, to gather the necessary signatures to get a proposed constitutional amendment on the November 2008 ballot.

The amendment would provide Missouri voters the opportunity to end eminent domain for private use and restrict blight studies to plot-by-plot rather than allow it to speak to a whole area.

“My home is not blighted,” Miller said. “If you can find any evidence of blight on my property, I’ll move out tomorrow; all the blight is in those homes up by U.S. 24.”

For the eminent domain issue to earn a spot on the November ballot, 200,000 signatures must be gathered and notarized.

“So far I have about 200 signatures,” Miller said. “When it warms up a little, I’ll hit the streets.”

Miller said she intends on seeking the likes of U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill and Congressman Emanuel Cleaver to help in her mission.

“Two hundred thousand human beings is a lot,” Miller said. “But I’m gonna do what I gotta do to get this thing fixed.”