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United Local’s bond issue: Clearing up misconceptions

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Editor: United Local school district residents have the opportunity to vote May 3 on a 3.92 mill bond issue for $9.75 million. If approved, United would partner with the Ohio School Facilities Commission to build a new K-12 building. The OSFC would pay 79 percent of the $38 million cost and United residents would pay […]

Complaining won’t get the job done

Monday, April 18, 2011

Editor: Quite recently, I read that politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them. Have you ever wondered, if both Democrats and Republicans are against deficits, inflation and high taxes, then why do we have deficits, inflation and high taxes? You and I don’t propose a federal […]

Not where I come from…

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Editor: Where I come from, we farmers care about each other — regardless of what type of operation or husbandry practices we use. We help each other, support each other, and are concerned for each others well being. Obviously, the farmers on the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board are not where I come from. Not […]

Reader: Vote yes for United Local bond issue

Monday, April 11, 2011

Editor: United Local has a unique opportunity to gain funding to replace parts of the campus which are many years old and in need of replacement such as the boiler system, roof and older and outdated classrooms. United’s share of this cost will require a 3.92 bond issue on the May 2011 ballot (a cost […]

Ethanol: An economic success story doesn’t tell whole story

Friday, April 8, 2011

Editor: The article titled, Ethanol: An economic success story, (April 7, 2011, issue of Farm and Dairy) does not seem to tell the whole story. This has been typical of many “reports,” not only about ethanol, but many other topics in which just part of the information is given. The author of the story (unidentified) […]

Reader: Put an end to nuclear nightmare

Monday, April 4, 2011

Editor: For more than 30 years, I’ve been warning anyone who would listen about the dangers and potential environmental destruction of nuclear power. Very few people would listen, very few cared, but now just maybe, the tables have turned after the disaster in Japan. Back in the late 1960s, Richard Nixon predicted there would be […]

Reader: Does Gov. Kasich get it?

Friday, March 11, 2011

Editor: Does Gov. Kasich get it? It’s a question many animal owners are asking themselves right now. We’re not just talking exotics, we’re talking about dogs, cats, farm and all animal owners. One thing we know for sure is that Nebraska’s governor gets it. In an article in the York News-Times, Gov. Heineman called out […]

Ohio: the new veganist state

Friday, February 18, 2011

Editor: On January 6, 2011, the last day of Teddy Strickland, he signed the ban on exotic animals in Ohio to fulfill his backroom deal with Humane Society of the United States and Ohio Farm Bureau. The sellout was with poultry, swine, veal, dog breeders and the exotic animal industry in Ohio. Mr. Ex-Governor Strickland […]

Congress serves us best when members are asleep

Thursday, February 10, 2011

While Americans still want their government to leave them alone, most seem to want everybody else to be regulated.

Reader: Research drilling before making decisions

Monday, February 7, 2011

Editor: I was disappointed by the interview with Tom Murphy on the Marcellus gas drilling (Agriculture changing as Marcellus Shale drilling gains ground). Today with the media being scrutinized for bias reporting, I would expect Farm and Dairy to do a better job researching a topic before they publish this stuff. There are a lot […]

Farmers must stand united

Monday, January 31, 2011

Editor: I’d like to address the continued criticism that Farm Bureau has taken over the HSUS compromise, as I see that many people are still upset by it. Farm Bureau leadership made the decision they thought they had to make at the time, whether you agree with it or not, it was made. How many […]

Speech, it’s not free anymore

Friday, January 21, 2011

Editor: A cold day has come now that citizens all over Ohio can no longer express their opinions without fear of retribution from certain animal rights organizations. Now in order to be able to exercise your First Amendment right to freedom of speech, it can only be done so as long as it doesn’t include […]

Ohio should ban Rover, too

Friday, January 21, 2011

Editor: The ban on exotic animals in Ohio is for public safety. So let’s ban dogs. The Ohio Department of Health says there were 15,021 dog bites in 2009. Also ban Fluffy. Cats bit 3,339 times in 2009. There were four exotic animals attacks in the last 14 years says the Humane Society of the […]

Humane Society of Columbiana County asks for support

Friday, January 21, 2011

Editor: The following information about the Humane Society of Columbiana County (HSCC) was published recently. One fact needs to be made clear. This service is provided to the citizens of Columbiana County over the land area of 532 square miles at no cost to taxpayers. HSCC operates totally by private donation dollars and does not […]

Voters should be baffled by Livestock Care Board’s actions

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Editor: Many Ohioans that voted for the existence of the Livestock Care Board are puzzled. Voters were led to believe that the Care Board would carefully examine existing animal husbandry practices, making changes only in those rare cases where change was justified. The first year seems to have produced quite the opposite. First Strickland and […]

Animal-care policy and Gov. Kasich

Friday, January 7, 2011

Editor: On Nov. 3, 2009, the Ohio voters spoke loud and clear. By a landslide 67-37 vote they authorized the creation of a livestock board to regulate animal care in Ohio. This was in response to the plea of those who introduced the ballot initiative to keep animal-care policy in the hands of Ohioans and […]

Children are especially vulnerable to air quality

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Editor: According to noted environmental health analyst, Dr. Theo Colborn, water is not the only life support system at risk in producing natural gas — air quality is also at risk. There is not only the exhaust from the diesel tucks and machinery during the drilling and fracturing, but the off-gases from the permanent condensers […]

Yes, farming is ‘cool,’ but practices aren’t

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Farm Sanctuary founder says most citizens oppose the intensive confinement of animals, and so does a new breed of farmers.

Criticism of Milk Marketing Improvement Act is undeserved

Monday, December 6, 2010

Editor: There has been a lot of criticism, if not outright slander, leveled against the notion that dairy farmers need a farm milk price that reflects the average cost of producing milk, specifically the Federal Milk Marketing Improvement Act of 2009 (S1645). Some call it welfare. Other call it anti-competitive or un-American or complain that […]

Wild and dangerous in Ohio

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Editor: What lies ahead for Ohio’s animal owners? What future do we have in this great state? What do the next four years hold for Ohio’s beef, dairy, pork and poultry producers? These questions we cannot answer yet. Ohio’s animal industry lies in the hands of our newly elected governor, John Kasich. We know that […]

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