I am writing regarding Mr. James Conaway’s opinion piece “Land use, wine, and Trump” that appeared in my May 26 newspaper.
Mr. Conaway condemns developers as grown-up children wanting to dig really big holes. This is a very negative “black hat” characterization that makes for a great villain, especially when linked to our current president who garnered only 30 percent of Napa County’s popular vote.
I would submit a different view of a developer than the Snidely Whiplash caricature in Mr. Conaway’s opinion piece.
A developer named Devita developed a subdivision where I live with my wife and four children. Rather than digging really large holes, Devita built homes. On my street, a police officer, teacher, nurse, and retired Mare Island shipyard worker also live in homes built by this developer.
Because this developer built these homes, I can live in Napa, which Mr. Conaway’s best selling book described as “An American Eden.”
Napa Valley has become a popular place where people want homes or second homes close to beautiful vineyards and the wines those vineyards produce. Maybe those folks were encouraged to move to Napa after reading Mr. Conaway’s first two books.