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I'm so sick of all the NIMBY's claiming that this is about farms. There is very little farming going on in New Market, and this new intermodal facility will only impact a few "farmers". East Tennessee hasn't had an agricultural economy since the 1940's. People need to accept the reality that we have an industrial economy that requires growth and progress.
Jefferson County is easily 90% Republican. So what happened to their enthusiasm for economic growth, property rights, and the free market? Norfolk Southern bought the land fairly without using eminent domain, and it's theirs to use as they wish. Now these so-called-Republican NIMBY's are falling over themselves to get the government to step in and restrict the evil corporation because its plans don't fit with their backwards agrarian fantasy. This is the kind of restrictive activism I would expect from residents of California or Massachusetts. Just exchange "farmers" for "wetlands" or "diversity".
Our county government makes a rare positive and forward-thinking decision that will benefit 99% of our residents, and we get all this opposition based on nostalgia and fear of change. The FACT is that none of the people involved are professional farmers, and even if they were, that's no reason to trample on property rights. If the NIMBY's didn't want this site to be built, they should have outbid Norfolk Southern for the land. That's how capitalism works. Don't like it? Maybe you should move to Boston or San Fransisco.
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