LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Farmers need large vehicles to farm

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On July 15, I discovered a notice on our door informing us that someone had filed a complaint about the number of "junk vehicles" on our property - a successful, multigenerational family farm.

I called the code compliance officer for the Walla Walla Joint Community Development Agency and was told the equipment had been inspected, and the complaint was considered unfounded because the vehicles in question were obviously agricultural equipment.

I asked for the name of the person who had filed the complaint and discovered that even though our privacy had been invaded by this unannounced inspection, the complainant is entitled to his/her privacy and I would not be able to personally respond.

I could have let it go at that, but I would be remiss if I did not take the time to respond as there might be others in our community who may have similar concerns.

Walla Walla has a thriving farming community where generations of farmers have utilized our beautiful land to grow wheat, onions, grapes, hay, fruits, vegetables and more. Growing food requires us to plow, fertilize, water, and harvest the fields with these so-called junk vehicles.

Growing food requires that we invest an incredible amount of money in large, ungainly and mysterious looking contraptions that to the untrained eye may appear to be junk. This equipment must be parked where it is convenient for the farmer's use.

Walla Walla has welcomed many people from all over the world and truly is a wonderful place to live.

Perhaps the complainant is new to the area and is used to a community in which an association determines everything from the color of houses, certain days and hours to mow the lawn, whether or not a vegetable garden is allowed, to the vehicles you are allowed to park on your property. But please, if you are not willing to live in the country, don't move to the country!

We love our farms, our lifestyle and our "junk." Do not insult us nor expect us to change so as to not offend your delicate sensibilities.

So, to the misinformed, egotistical, self-righteous tattletales out there, don't waste taxpayer dollars and county agencies' time in order to feel a sense of pride and accomplishment.

Donna Maiden

Walla Walla

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