There is another thoughtful letter to the editor in the Washington County Insider opposing the expansion of Hwy W through private property.
Also, you cannot excuse a yes vote as just “progress.” If you do, you are not governing for the “people.” You are just blindly following your transportation plan without thinking. The supposed “progress” is theoretical.
Maybe more people will travel to Hartford to work and do business but no one will ever know. There are too many factors affecting those kinds of issues. “Progress” in this case, is not a tangible thing. You cannot promise any real benefit. To the families, however, it is very real. To them, “progress” is likely a shameful and embarrassing government infringement on private property rights and the future of their farms. The 11.4 acres is measurable, the emotional toll can be seen.