Martha Boneta was cited last year by Fauquier County for selling farm products and having a birthday party for eight 10-year-old girls. Last week Fauquier County considered a revised farms sales ordinance with spirited debate about whether it is too little to protect small family farmers such as Martha.
The situation in Fauquier County has highlighted flaws in how Virginia has delegated plenty of powers to counties, but has instituted too few controls on those powers to prevent abuse of property and other rights.
Under the current regime of county authority, citizens are vulnerable to the abuse, corruption and even graft of any form of government not subject to consequences for bad acts and actors. The Boneta fiasco proves this.