These forums are a great resource.
I am a farmer in the path of some of the most intense development pressure in Michigan. Knowledge is power and I have found that our local land use planning is either woefully inadequate or hopelessly mired in political partisanship.
For people that have to work every day in order to make a living the seemingly endless debate from unenlightened government officials or partisan hacks (on either side) can be disheartening, leading many to give up on the local land use issues.
I don't talk like a "farmer" and I don't present like a "farmer" on land use issues which puzzles many of my township neighbors. It is because I can address these issues with facts and rationality rather than emotion and prejudice that I continue to be engaged in the local process.
I appreciate sites like this that allow even a dumb farmer to become more educated on issues that effect the whole community.
I also want an avatar, can anybody help me?