I certainly hope that none of the people opposing this vote republican or consider themselves fans of the free market, because this is pretty much a free market situation. I don't imagine that any of the people in the surrounding community (many of whom do not farm anything themselves) would take too kindly to the county or any other government entity telling them what they could or could not do with their property, yet that is exactly what they want to happen to someone else. The fact is, anyone in the community could have bought the land themselves--I'm sure it wasn't a secret that it was for sale--but they didn't. Someone else did and they happen to want to make money off the land they purchased. Most of the folks in that area are living on land they inherited anyway and I have only seen a marginal amount of actual farming out there, it's mostly houses built on former farmland. I'm sure people complained when that happened too--they RUINED the farms by putting extra houses on them. I'd be more sympathetic if the majority of the folks complaining were actually doing any farming themselves.
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