"They're the NIMBYs and CAVEs — Not In My Backyarders and Citizens Against Virtually Everything," [says a Cross Plains farmer Jerome Esser]. "This town was great before they came. Now the newcomers want many of the things changed that made it great.".
The new arrivals buy up land "that our forefathers cleared for farmland," then plant trees and treat it like a city backyard....
[A retired research psychologist who moved to Cross Plains in the mid-'60s, Bob] Bowman says the real debate isn't between old and new so much as a "difference in ideology" between opposing factions. He says the town of Cross Plains is under growing pressure from "pro-rail, anti-development, Progressive Dane liberals." And while liberalism is supposed to be about freedom, "liberals in Madison are arguing now for regimentation over classical 'free to disagree' tradition."
June 14, 2008
"Farmers hate rules, any rule that controls their land. They hate to have new people making decisions."
When Madison types buy up a lot of land in the surrounding farm land, what happens to local government?