Ag opposes everything (cont’d)


Lodi Syrah grapes

I’m pro-farming, but I occasionaly lament how farmers seem to oppose everything. Which they do out of distrust of government, distrust of the public, our out of property rights fundamentalism. Or just ornery habit.

Subdivisions I can understand. Less so wildlife refuges, trails, events at wineries, and now a bed and breakfast.

In this story county Board of Supervisors fail to reverse a county Planning Commisson decision not to grant a permit to a couple would-be inkeepers who wanted to turn an old farmhouse north of Lodi into a B&B.

Granted the farmhouse was in the middle of a vineyard, not out by the road. But the applicants had worked out an agreement with the owner of the surrounding property. The owner had withdrawn his objections. He was on board.

But the Farm Bureau opposed it anyway.

Aspiring innkeeper Annette McKay is bitter. “In a few years,” she writes, “you will get to write a follow up article when McManis buys our property and rips this 102-year-old farm house down.”

Of course, farmers have every right to defend their interests against a public that doesn’t understand them. But leaders who weigh the broader public benefit of these proposals should occasionally support one. Never seems to happen, though.

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