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Face reality and vote against initiative

My goodness, what is all this hullabaloo over county zoning and “takings?” It’s the way of the world, folks!

Twenty years ago when I was looking for a homesite, I got lucky and found 20 acres I could afford (barely) in Rough and Ready. At the time, it was easy to cut 20 acres into four parcels for family members, and I was elated that I would be able to help my three grown children buy parcels from me over a period of time.

Before I could get my feet under me to do the land division, the rules changed. I had to have sewage engineered, build access roads, and was only allowed a total of three parcels. These regulations cost me as much as the land, so I had to sell one parcel out of the family to stay even.

Did I yell and scream and say it isn’t fair? No. It certainly changed the family plans, but I actually thought the new regulations were good for the county. I got lucky on the land and unlucky on my timing, that’s all.

In the long run, 20 years later, all three of my children are on their own land by dint of luck and a lot of hard work and hard living. Now we’re trying to help the next generation do the same thing.

Fifty years ago, my husband and I camped from California to Kansas by stopping beside the road under some trees at night. Can’t do that anymore. Can’t just hack up your land any old way you want to without rules. Too many people.

And you really can’t ask the county to bail you out whenever you’re disappointed in your hopes and dreams for your land. Speculation is speculation, whether it’s the stock market or land development.

That’s what this ridiculous initiative is about. For heavens sake, vote it down!

Teddy Kell

Rough and Ready

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