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Cap and trade is a bad idea

Monday, October 5, 2009

Editor: In regard to your Oct. 1 column, we agree that cap and trade is a BAD IDEA for Ohio AND farmers !! South Central Power has told its customers that if cap and trade passes the AVERAGE bill per customer will go UP a WHOPPING $1,800 a year!! That alone is enough to scare […]

Concerns for Fairfield Township

Monday, October 5, 2009

Editor: As a former Fairfield Township trustee who served for 32 years and now retired, I am still greatly concerned for the people I worked for as a public servant. I am going to share what I believe is in the best interest of the residents. 1. I do not want a township handed over […]

Keep your farm decisions in your hands

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Editor: Every morning I wake up, this country of ours seems a little more unrecognizable. The government seems to have its hand in just about everything and we stand by and let it happen. Now it seems that our livestock industry needs some sort of guidelines for the care of our own animals. Guidelines to […]

Ruritan club will no longer hold annual turkey supper

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Editor: The Washington Ruritan Club regretfully announces that they will no longer be holding their annual turkey supper. We wish to thank the many people who attended and supported this fundraiser over the last 50 years. We want to recognize those non members who have helped each year, especially the Marlington High School groups. Also, […]

What are parents — and others– really afraid of?

Monday, September 21, 2009

Editor: In Editor Susan Crowell’s Sept. 9 column, “Obama school speech furor: You can tell it was a slow news day,” you dismissed as unwarranted the criticism of allowing the speech to be broadcast in classrooms all across America to children starting at 5. One of the spins produced by the White House press spokesman […]

Harrison County Junior Livestock Sale thanks

Monday, September 14, 2009

Editor: The 2009 annual Harrison County Junior Fair Livestock Sale has come and gone, and was a tremendous success. A special thanks goes out to all 4-H and FFA exhibitors. The hard work and dedication you have shown throughout the year was well advertised throughout the sale. You all deserve a pat on the back […]

Looks like the taxpayer gets the short end of the stick again

Monday, August 10, 2009

Editor: I wonder how the 330 people in Richland County who own property in the Muskingum Watershed District that had to pay the assessment fee on their property that was supposed to be used to help rebuild dams and maintenance for the lakes feel now that $400,000 of the money went to pay raises. You […]

Don’t miss the chance for broadband in southern Ohio

Friday, June 26, 2009

Editor: Like many of your readers I live in the countryside, out of reach of modern broadband and barely in range of cellular service. I, for one, would like to see that situation improved. The problem is that the population and income densities where I live are just too low for the major telecom companies […]

What is really going on in these days of vast “over-supply?”

Friday, June 26, 2009

Editor: An article on a Web site, taken from USDA’s Livestock, Dairy, Poultry Outlook Report, dated June 17, 2009, grabbed my attention when it stated that commercial dairy exports this year are expected to total 19.7 billion pounds on a skims/solids basis. How could this be? Exports of nonfat dry milk were very strong last […]

USDA should be honest

Monday, June 22, 2009

Editor: I would like to comment on Alan Guebert’s great article on NAIS in the June 18 Farm and Dairy. His lines, “flaws are as wide and deep as its unknowns…” and “no farmer wants a new expressway built between him and the federal courthouse” are excellent observations! With the correct picture he has drawn […]

American taxpayers are subsidizing the rest of the world

Friday, June 12, 2009

Editor: These days, the subject one is most likely to hear on the evening news is the state of the economy. The U.S.A. is a young country compared to England, France, Germany, Africa and several other countries. Why must we help all of these foreign countries that are much older than ours? Also, given the […]

Reader: Pa. Sunshine solar energy program not so bright

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Editor: In your May 28, 2009 article, “Sun is shining on those interested in solar energy,” it is claimed that Pennsylvania consumers could reduce “purchase and installation costs of solar energy technology” by 45 percent. How? By taking advantage of federal tax credits and Pennsylvania’s Sunshine and Solar Program rebates. The case of one couple […]

Counterproductive to include agricultural operations

Monday, June 8, 2009

Editor: I would like to comment on Al Cross’ article about USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack’s push to add carbon credits for agriculture to the proposed “cap and trade” system. If the Climate Bill is truly designed to improve the environment, then it would be counterproductive to include agricultural operations, particularly any livestock operations to the […]

There is no “bait and switch” in food industry

Monday, June 1, 2009

Editor: I feel mildly abused and somewhat insulted by Ms. Seabolt’s column of May 21, 2009. Having worked in the food industry most of my life, I take strong exception to the writer’s conclusion that the food industry employs some evil genius to play “bait and switch” with package contents to bilk the public. She […]

Reader welcomes HSUS to Ohio with open arms

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Editor: As a Farm Bureau member, the victim of one of the six Park Farms broiler grow-out operations now unable to sell my home for its market value, I do hope that Farm Bureau realizes it must treat all its members the same. For years, I called attention to the plight of our situation by […]

The hidden cost of animal ID enrollment

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Editor: I recently analyzed a USDA spreadsheet for National Animal Identification System (NAIS) bribes — sanitized as cooperative agreements. These are the funds received by tribes, states, government employees and companies who promise to enroll properties for USDA. Listed is only a scintilla of the cost; the real cost is well above published data required […]

Article endorsement for Jerseys

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Editor: I found the article from Normand St-Pierre about feeding for pounds of fat and protein to be quite interesting, and his closing comments in particular. “In essence, dairy producers make their money on the fat and protein produced, around 7 pounds per hundredweight of milk in Holstein cows and lose money producing the remaining […]

Soldier credits 4-H for building leadership skills

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Editor: My days in 4-H seem so long ago, yet they are with me every day. At the time, my 4-H projects were activities I enjoyed and wanted to learn more about. Today, those lessons are exactly what I hold onto to protect myself and my country. When I started in 4-H, I didn’t really […]

Keep 4-H in Morrow County

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Editor: I couldn’t believe it when I was told by my mom that Morrow County was in serious jeopardy of losing its 4-H program. I was in 4-H for 10 years. As a parent, I have looked forward to the day when my daughters would get the amazing experience 4-H offers. This is how I […]

Our values have consequences

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Editor: In his book titled The Great Awakening, Jim Wallis relates the importance of integrity and accountability in doing what’s right and proper in finding solutions to our greatest challenges in life. Unfortunately, wrong decisions have caused chaotic proportions from our depressed economy, scandals of pork-barrel spending, the ability of special interest money channeled to […]

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