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Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

On a recent weekend, we took a drive out into Westmoreland County. I wanted to see a dairy farm in Scottdale that I'd visited many years ago. Not being there for 35 years, I had no idea what to expect. The farm was always a beautiful place.

What did I expect to see? Cookie-cutter homes, retail stores, traffic and gaudy advertising signs.

What did I see? The farm was still farming, the farms next to it were still in operation, and all looked prosperous.

I have been around farming. I know it is a very rough business. I have to think that if farms do have natural-gas wells, they have given the farmers a way to keep farming and not sell out to developers.

You would think this would make the anti-sprawl and environmental crowd happy. It doesn't seem to.

So what does make this bunch happy? I would really like to know!

Steve Zingerman

Glenfield

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