The Herald Bulletin

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Opinion

December 2, 2012

You Said It: About land use, Chamberlain, and grieving

Each Monday, The Herald Bulletin publishes “You Said It,” a compilation of readers’ comments from www.theheraldbulletin.com and the newspaper’s editorial board.

The Alexandria Board of Zoning and Appeals denied the petition last week to allow the Yule Golf Course property to be used for agricultural purposes (story published Nov. 27).

  •  “Well, I have nothing against golf courses, they are nice and beneficial around subdivisions. As an ex-home builder I have built many homes around courses like that. But, if the course is broke, and no one wants the property, it will just become weed-choked and the like. What will that do for property values? At least with a farm you know it will be a farm. Not all that bad in my book. We all need more local farms. At some point in time we will run out of productive land and why not take it back the way it used to be. I also think that our county officials need to take a look at what they are doing with farmland. Here is a chance of land to be brought back to farming and was denied. Wow, looks like a loss for both sides.”

THB: A golf course in that area, of course, is more desirable, but a golf course is a business that has to turn a profit. Farmland is a necessity; we all have to eat. Hope the officials can come to a decision that both parties can live with.

Anderson native and retired teacher Misty Novak has written “See You in a Minute: A Mother’s Journey Through the First Year of Grief,” about the death of her son, Zachary in a plane crash. (Nov. 16)

  •  “Misty, I am so glad you wrote this book about a mother’s grieving. I lost my sister Kim to murder at the hands of her own husband and I knew the severe and unending grief I have felt as a sibling, but I never knew the depths of despair my parents experienced. I read the first several pages on Amazon and it is a book I have to finish. Thank you to you and your family for this contribution that will touch so many lives ...”

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