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Oprah sued by 86-year-old nuclear physicist who claims TV mogul is blocking public hiking trails
National Post ^ | May 15, 2014 | AP

Posted on 05/15/2014 7:36:14 PM PDT by rickmichaels

A man who lives near Oprah Winfrey’s new property above Telluride, Colorado, is suing her for allegedly blocking access to hiking trails open to neighbours for decades.

Retired nuclear physicist Charles D. Goodman claims Winfrey’s Yellow Brick Road company, the property’s former owners and the town of Mountain Village made a secret deal to close access to the trails that cut across the property purchased for $10.9 million in March.

“I don’t care if Oprah is a neighbor, but if she is going to cut off access to trails, I don’t find that acceptable,” Goodman said in an interview with the Denver Post.

(Excerpt) Read more at arts.nationalpost.com ...


TOPICS: US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: charlesdgoodman; colorado; oprah; oprahwinfrey; telluride
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1 posted on 05/15/2014 7:36:14 PM PDT by rickmichaels
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To: rickmichaels

We’re sorry but the queen has annexed your trail.


2 posted on 05/15/2014 7:39:18 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: rickmichaels

For the amount of money she’s worth you figure she could establish some form of conservative organization to maintain the trails the land and generate all that good will.


3 posted on 05/15/2014 7:39:44 PM PDT by Usagi_yo
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To: rickmichaels

Ih the IMAGE that the headline brought to mind.

I immediately wondered how WIDE these trails might be.

frankly I cant imagine Okra going NEAR a trail...but I can certainly “see her blocking one


4 posted on 05/15/2014 7:39:44 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: rickmichaels

ah the liberal cry for all time.....what’s mine is mine and what’s yours is mine. Oprah practices it perfectly just like the other O


5 posted on 05/15/2014 7:39:54 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: rickmichaels

Private property rights for me but not for thee ... Bueller? Bueller?


6 posted on 05/15/2014 7:40:46 PM PDT by Ken522
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To: rickmichaels

well this is too easy....just ‘discover’ a turtle on the trail...


7 posted on 05/15/2014 7:41:24 PM PDT by blueplum
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To: rickmichaels
Oprah Nofree, a 21st century plantation massah.
8 posted on 05/15/2014 7:41:53 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: rickmichaels

oprah could stand in it and block the holland tunnel.


9 posted on 05/15/2014 7:41:58 PM PDT by kingattax (America needs more real Americans.)
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To: rickmichaels

Typical. Nearly every self styled champion of the common man turns out to be greedier than most.

All liberals want to have a “King’s Forest.” No wonder they hate private land ownership for us.


10 posted on 05/15/2014 7:42:10 PM PDT by Bogey78O (We had a good run. Coulda been great still.)
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To: rickmichaels

if oprah bought it... oprah can block it.

i think the physicist is trespassing.

teeman


11 posted on 05/15/2014 7:44:27 PM PDT by teeman8r (Armageddon won't be pretty, but it's not like it's the end of the world.)
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To: Ken522
Howard K. Smith on ABC said it this way of the communists: what is mine is mine, what is yours is negotiable. That was in the days when anchors had minds and were not useful idiots.
12 posted on 05/15/2014 7:45:04 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: rickmichaels

This illegal action by Oprah, (many States have a time period established for earned public usage of a private property road or trail), hopefully is against a Black Scientist.

Otherwise, Racism could be added to her anti-male, anti-Science, anti-elderly indisputable charges.


13 posted on 05/15/2014 7:46:57 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: rickmichaels

Oprah is a douche bag, always has been..came into her stepmother’s home and yelled “Negros in the house, negros in the house” and laughed..most people know what an absolute fraud Oprah is but she is a hero on the left since she gives millions to the Dem party


14 posted on 05/15/2014 7:47:45 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: rickmichaels

Mr. Goodman, you are a RACIST!!!!


15 posted on 05/15/2014 7:49:30 PM PDT by bkopto (Free men are not equal. Equal men are not free.)
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To: rickmichaels

virtually the same thing is happening on Maui , where Oprah has ticked all off her Maui neighbors by negotiating private ranch road access down to Kihei and the beaches , and blocking all all other public usage . Yet another case of the arrogance of the self appointed imperial negroes .


16 posted on 05/15/2014 7:49:46 PM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: teeman8r
Easements. They exist.

/johnny

17 posted on 05/15/2014 7:49:58 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: rickmichaels

The deed is a public document. If there are easements in the old one then people can pull the new one to see if they are still there.


18 posted on 05/15/2014 7:50:33 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: LeoWindhorse

I thought all beaches were public in Hawaii,with the exception of some Federal lands.

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19 posted on 05/15/2014 7:54:47 PM PDT by Mears
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To: rickmichaels

Sorry, but if you are THE 1%, you can do what you want. Especially if you are Oprah Winfrey, the biggest over paid celebrity in history.( Gayle King, her good friend is another one. I met them at a restaurant in Hartford. Rude people.)


20 posted on 05/15/2014 8:01:06 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: rickmichaels

The law in most states, and I presume in Colorado, states that if you allow public access for walkers or hikers across your land for a certain number of years—usually seven—then you cannot prevent people from continued access.

This goes back to English law. England is full of footpaths, which cannot be closed off. And American law continued that practice.

Rockefeller Center owns the road that goes through it in front of the skating rink. And once a year they close it to traffic for a day, because otherwise they would lose that property right to the road.


21 posted on 05/15/2014 8:01:38 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Exactly! Easements are a part of a properties deed and almost always are transferred to the new owner, regardless of what the sales contract said. If the property had a valid easement for public trail access, Ms. Oprah is bound to allow for said public access. The whole thing sounds like she pushed the former owners and local politicians to change the easement before the property transfer.

This would certainly be duplicitous. It is also possibly fraudulent and corrupt. Nothing Oprah would be unfamiliar with.


22 posted on 05/15/2014 8:09:59 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: Mears

they are , I am talking about the long , private ranch road access , which Oprah has purchased passage over , for herself , alone . This really pisses off the locals . They are NOT happy with her elitist vibes


23 posted on 05/15/2014 8:13:18 PM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: rickmichaels
Is this a great country or what?
I mean where else in the world can a minority girl born in poverty become an obese, obnoxious racist and accumulate such wealth and power in the private sector?
24 posted on 05/15/2014 8:13:38 PM PDT by Amagi (Lenin: "Socialized Medicine is the Keystone to the Arch of the Socialist State.")
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To: LeoWindhorse

Thanks for that info.

Old Oprah has certainly forgotten her humble origins.

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25 posted on 05/15/2014 8:16:44 PM PDT by Mears
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To: rickmichaels

I would want be the one who pisses off a nuclear physicist who doesn’t have much to lose with 86 years behind him.


26 posted on 05/15/2014 8:17:05 PM PDT by haroldeveryman
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27 posted on 05/15/2014 8:25:38 PM PDT by logi_cal869
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28 posted on 05/15/2014 8:35:12 PM PDT by Slyfox (When progressives ignore moral parameters, they also lose the natural gift of common sense.)
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To: Mears

she needs to go back to Attala County and help poor folks around there . Stop buying up half the country and showing off .


29 posted on 05/15/2014 8:37:04 PM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: rickmichaels

Doesn’t she also have a mansion in Hawaii — where she was cutting off the public’s access?


30 posted on 05/15/2014 8:47:04 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: LeoWindhorse

But, but, but...people, we are talking about Oprah here. Do you really think it appropriate that others should set foot where her exalted feet have tread?


31 posted on 05/15/2014 8:48:43 PM PDT by Robwin
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To: Slyfox

I wonder how many critters invest that hay stack.


32 posted on 05/15/2014 8:50:14 PM PDT by kik5150
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To: rickmichaels

In many cases today, 86 is the new 66 .


33 posted on 05/15/2014 8:57:12 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: rickmichaels

When oprah’s wide behind moved in, “There goes the neighborhood.”


34 posted on 05/15/2014 8:57:27 PM PDT by boycott
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To: rickmichaels

There are places I go fishing and hiking occasionally. Some of the rivers and trails cut through some property owned by very famous and wealthy people. The ones I have gone through the property owners allow access (within reason). But not the mighty O.

Oh. Speaking of queen O. Anyone who has a chance to cruise around her compound in Maui should ask how much they like being her neighbor. Especially when Empress Moochelle is there.


35 posted on 05/15/2014 9:07:35 PM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: Robwin

she is the child of cotton choppers
what makes her so exalted ?

;^)


36 posted on 05/15/2014 9:07:37 PM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: Organic Panic

you mean the old Thompson Ranch ?


37 posted on 05/15/2014 9:09:21 PM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: Fungi

They had just as many dangerous moonbats and useful idiots then, with even more power. Murrow and Cronkite come to mind.


38 posted on 05/15/2014 9:14:50 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: LeoWindhorse

Well she is doing them a favor do they really want to see that rotund billionaire in a bathing suit? Yuck


39 posted on 05/15/2014 9:36:21 PM PDT by funfan
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To: LeoWindhorse

I spend half the year in Kailua not far from the Won’s Hawaiian compound. Ionly visit Maui and can’t imagine the headache. On those roads by the queen’s ranch.


40 posted on 05/15/2014 9:52:48 PM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: funfan

nope , she uses the access for quick travel to the ultra luxury Kihei resorts and the fine dining restaurants there


41 posted on 05/15/2014 10:11:59 PM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: MeshugeMikey
frankly I cant imagine Okra going NEAR a trail...but I can certainly “see her blocking one

She calls it a trail. We call it I-70. ;-)

42 posted on 05/15/2014 10:46:31 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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To: rickmichaels

Lots of liberals screamed to close down OHV trails because it isn’t part of their acceptable activity list.

good. Let them suffer what we did for a while with their green/PC hiking trails. I no longer have pity. Then when they decide to get of their environmental high horses, we can open them all back up together. If not, let them suffer the loss alone.


43 posted on 05/15/2014 10:54:05 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: Mears

She’s probably the only black person living in Telluride...its her get whitey meme.


44 posted on 05/15/2014 11:37:55 PM PDT by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Isaiah 5:20)
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To: ExCTCitizen

Liberals are always work to the working class they say they support.
Rudest and stupidest people are the left.


45 posted on 05/16/2014 3:12:21 AM PDT by Yorlik803 ( Church/Caboose in 2016)
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To: teeman8r

I think easement rights are well established in real estate law....unless you are above the law!


46 posted on 05/16/2014 4:06:28 AM PDT by cb
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To: JRandomFreeper
Easements. They exist.

Easements are great for certain purposes. I wonder who would be legally liable if someone got hurt in the easement zone of property one owns. That may be a prime concern.

47 posted on 05/16/2014 4:26:54 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: cb

they may exist, but are not considered by me, constitutional...

i know the law may be different, but a lower court case law denotes easements and regulations as so much extortion...

private property rights should trump easements.

yes just my opinion, and i cannot find the land case where it was said by an reporter for the LA times i think, that the ruling will do for land owners as brown vs BOE did for education...

i will look for it.

teeman


48 posted on 05/16/2014 4:55:37 AM PDT by teeman8r (Armageddon won't be pretty, but it's not like it's the end of the world.)
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To: TigersEye

Imagine ...The Number of CONES set free to ve used .. elsewhere


49 posted on 05/16/2014 6:43:41 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: Graewoulf

This illegal action by Oprah, (many States have a time period established for earned public usage of a private property road or trail)


It *may* be illegal, or it may not. If the prior owners gave permission to walk on the trails, then *no* “squatters rights” are granted.

Only *unpermitted* use can lead to a prescriptive easement. That’s first year law school stuff.


50 posted on 05/16/2014 7:07:13 AM PDT by Freeping Since 2001
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