A recently published Fauquier Times-Democrat editorial stated that the supporters of HB 1430 are in the minority in Fauquier County.
As the official mouthpiece of the Fauquier County government, the Times-Democrat has repeatedly bashed the patron of HB 1430, Delegate Scott Lingamfelter, and has on more than one occasion suggested that he is out of touch with reality.
Perhaps the Editor may want to reassess the editorial position of the paper in light of a recent poll conducted on Fauquier Now, another online county publication which has maintained a general position of neutrality in these debates.
In the poll FN asks the following question: How do you judge Fauquier’s ordinances regulating wineries and other agricultural businesses?
It appears that FN has closed this poll, and the results surely must add to the frequent bewildered amusement and cranial itching that seems to go on at the Times-Democrat, ever since county citizens have begun to stand up and defend their rights against the encroachments of government.
A total of 253 votes were cast over the period of several days and the results are as follows:
Fauquier’s ordinances are too restrictive: 206 (81%)
Fauquier’s ordinances are appropriate: 38 (15%)
I’m undecided: 9 (4%)
Now, we realize that this is not a scientific poll, but it seems pretty clear that the majority of citizens in Fauquier are actually on the side of the supporters of HB 1430, and not in lock step with the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors, the Piedmont Environmental Council, the Farm Bureau, the Virginia Association of Counties, Delegate Michael Webert, and the Fauquier Times-Democrat, all of whom have demonstrated by their words and actions that they firmly oppose the property rights of small family farmers.