Originally Printed in the Register-Star
by Peter Paden*
Note: The following Land Matters column appeared in the [August 2, 2013 edition of the Register Star/August 1, 2013 edition of the Courier]. It is reprinted with only minor edits to reflect the passage of time.
I was speaking recently with a friend, a really wonderful guy who has lived in the county all of his life, who knows the area like the back of his hand, who loves it. He loves the land. He loves farming and appreciates the deeply imbedded rural heritage and traditions that are central to our customs and culture. He loves the landscape and, having traveled widely, appreciates that we live in a place of world-class beauty.