Home Ag Sectors

Readers' views for March 9, 2012

Published on March 9, 2012 3:01AM

Last changed on April 6, 2012 8:09AM

Factors line up against dairies

It looks to me like two issues are involved in the $20 floor on the price of milk. Regardless of other factors, the producers cannot produce at a loss and stay in business. If we are going to burn corn in ethanol and raise the price of cow feed to astronaut levels, and tolerate levels of inspection that are from Mars, producers need some protection.

Yes there are dairy farms in practically every congressional district, but there are over 300,000 nonfarmers in each district, too, so the gravy train was derailed. We were promised government help to even out the hills and valleys back in the '50s too -- to little avail.

In the 1870s, Cornelius Walford told the Royal Statistical Society in London the leading causes of famine in Europe (10 years of famine a century for a thousand years prior to the Industrial Revolution) were willful destruction of crops or the prevention of cultivation, poor agricultural production caused by communistic control of the land, debauched currency so the farmer did not retrieve his expenses when the crops were sold, and a breakdown in transportation. We have all four with a vengeance looking over our shoulders, and have added the idea of taking the water away from the irrigated crops as an added bonus.

There is no proof that these are coordinated, but we would like to see them with a little more space between them, instead of new ones being added. Some of us rebel against injustices, and love our fellow man enough to want to see him fed and happy. That is in the public interest.

R.W. Robinson

Sequim, Wash.

Egg bill contains skullduggery

The Humane Society of the United States may be trying a bit of skullduggery with the proposed egg bill it allegedly "supports."

HSUS is magnanimously agreeing to a clause that prohibits additional animal welfare public initiatives on the egg industry, but no bill may constitutionally place arbitrary constraints on how the public may decide to use its initiative process. HSUS may thus only legally purport not to use the initiative process under its own name.

HSUS may be hoping to get its foot in the door with this "compromise," knowing all the while that higher courts will reverse the illegal restriction on the initiative process, leaving HSUS free to use the initiative tactic -- either in its own name or through proxies -- as a continued lever in future battles.

William Slusher

Okanogan, Wash.

U.N. threatens to take freedom

We are all in turmoil wondering what to do. Above all we should keep our cool and see events for what they are. We are in a war of conflicting factions.

The rising gas prices, food costs, excessive regulations, loss of jobs are all planned to get us hungry and on our knees to accept the loss of our nation and freedoms.

Please help me understand why we have limited supplies of oil driving up prices and yet our oil is exported? Why are we stopped from drilling when we have the world's largest supply?

Have we researched the 2000 U.N. Millennium Development Goals, or Agenda 21? Yes, U.N. officials say they want to eradicate world poverty, disease and child mortality. Yet they want control of the land, air, sea, all the money and food.

Agenda 21 is forced with U.N. organizations and EPA and other regulations further impacting our economy and well-being. Treaties are made with the U.N. to implement these regulations while treaties with a nongovernment are not recognized constitutionally, nor are treaties that override our Constitution.

As citizens, it is our duty to hold our legislators and executives accountable. We are paying the bills. Shouldn't we make sure they are good stewards?

M.A. Novak

Yamhill, Ore.


Share and Discuss


User Comments