Technology hurts, helps agriculture

Now just to let you know, I don't believe all new technology is bad, yet some has definitely led to the U.S. and worldwide poverty and unemployment problem.

Let's just look at some of the good and not-so-good outcomes of different technology over time. In the early 1900s about 90 percent of Americans were farmers of one sort or another -- probably too many, given the dire poverty that most lived in.

Tractors and farm chemicals came out of the nasty First World War. Hooray, we all thought. It will be easier to produce. Pretty soon our farming forefathers could produce more without all the kids involved.

Before long, the next and then the next generation came along with constant "hooray" for the technology that just kept coming. Pretty soon, the technology was found to be less than perfect. Tractors turned over on their farmer, farm chemicals killed things indiscriminately and "safe" technology was developed. Seat belts and roll bars for tractors and the thought of making one chemical for all weed control seemed appropriate.

Pretty soon Roundup was made ready to control weeds in nearly all crops. Hooray! Pretty soon we won't have to put a proficient person anywhere. We won't have to put the farmer in the tractor seat. No, he can sit at home and watch his tractor work all by itself.

We don't have to deal with employees anymore. They've found finance easier to achieve from the unemployment line than the line of sugar beets across the ground. They now sit and get fat on the couch.

All this is great news, I know, less work and more play. The thing is, now we're too out of shape to play. No, as for me, I'd rather farm a few acres with a hoe and the good sense God gave me than to succumb to the dumb-downed diatribe of the chemists who falsely claim to have the interests of humanity at heart.

We need to feed our refugees from a cheap food source? How dare I suggest we re-learn how to feed ourselves, things are just so hunky dory right now.

Glen S. Johnson

Mount Vernon, Wash.

Wolves spread woe as predicted

In my opinion your article on wolves printed on Dec. 11 was excellent. Thank you for it.

I am the author of the book, "Wolves in Russia: Anxiety Through the Ages." Details about my book may be found in my Web site:

In my book I warned researchers and ranchers that if wolves were introduced into Yellowstone National Park that in time the wolves would be carrying and spreading worms, parasites and diseases around a large area. Some of which can be dangerous to humans, such as Echinococcus Granulosus and E. Multilocularis. As you know, wolves are wide-ranging.

Well, what I wrote about now seems to have become a fact.

On Oct. 3, 1993, I wrote a letter regarding the "Reintroduction of Gray Wolves to Yellowstone National Park and Central Idaho."

I wrote that, in my opinion, a detailed study about the possibility of wolves carrying and spreading worms, parasites and diseases should be conducted before bringing in wolves. Events have now shown that my letter was correct.

Thanks for your excellent article.

Will Graves

Millersville, Md.

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