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‘Say it ain’t so’

Monday, September 13, 2010

Editor: “Say it ain’t so, Joe.” It is a classic line from baseball lore. A young fan first posed the indirect, leading question to Shoeless Joe Jackson of the Chicago White Sox. In 1920, the boy waited outside a courtroom. A grand jury was investigating charges against Shoeless Joe and seven teammates, who became known […]

Letter writer cites false HSUS information

Friday, September 10, 2010

HSUS: Previous letter writer recklessly ignored facts that don’t agree with his perspective, and cited a false document that has been retracted.

Reader: HSUS shouldn’t hold ag community hostage

Friday, September 3, 2010

Editor: This letter is in response to the Humane Society of the United States. People are killed each day on a bicycle. We do not ban them. People are killed each day on a motorcycle, and we do not ban them. Ohio remains one of the many states that does not share the views of […]

Letter writer twisted OFBF statement

Thursday, September 2, 2010

OFBF has committed to protecting dog breeders’ rights to utilize responsible animal husbandry and business practices in areas such as genetics, nutrition, housing and marketing, including the auction system.

Animal industry considered “acceptable collateral damage”

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Editor: As an animal owner I was completely stunned on June 30 with the announcement of the “agreement” between Gov. Strickland, OFBF/Commodity Leaders and HSUS. In the weeks since, I have researched all three groups and the “agreement.” However, representatives of both the OFBF and the governor’s office give very different answers to the very […]

Little distinction between animal and human to abusers

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Editor: I read comments recently by local resident and preservationist Stevie Halverstadt. She spoke of the importance of upholding the laws and described a society without them as “lawless.” I use this same example when speaking of laws surrounding the cruelty and neglect of animals. People often say to me “you must really love animals.” […]

Beef conference was positive

Monday, August 23, 2010

Editor: There seems to be a great deal of commentary about what took place during the Cattle Industry Summer Conference and about what National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) may or may not be doing to, or for, the beef industry. I do not know from where this information is coming, […]

Reader: Politicians are parasites

Monday, August 23, 2010

Editor: Election time is just over the horizon, and the political candidates are busy promising us everything under the sun. Promises they could keep, but probably won’t, promises impossible to keep. They tell us they just want to serve, but if that be true, why don’t we have a four-lane highway in Morgan County? Morgan […]

Reader: Dividend tax is unjust

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Editor: A friend asked me recently, “Did you know that there are more pages in the U.S. Tax Code than there are pages in all the publications in the Library of Congress?” I was not surprised, just outraged, like we all should be. I won’t preach to the guardians of our unholy federal tax system […]

Strickland ignored voters wishes

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Editor: One man, Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker of the U.S. District in California, thwarted the will of 7 million California voters by striking down the homosexual marriage ban they approved. As your readers know, one man, Gov. Ted Strickland, thwarted the will of Ohio voters by undercutting the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board.

Reader: Have a little sympathy for farmers

Friday, July 30, 2010

Editor: Having concern for the welfare of animals is an admirable virtue, and I don’t doubt that many, if not most, people harboring such concerns are motivated by the highest ideals and have the best of intentions. There are abusive farmers just as there are abusive policemen, abusive school teachers and abusive parents. But let […]

A wolf in sheep’s clothing

Friday, July 30, 2010

Editor: A wolf in sheep’s clothing. If you read it and other stories in a recent Farm Bureau publication, you would understand the outrage felt by myself and other members. To make any agreement with The Humane Society of the United States, lends validity to the claims of The Humane Society of the United States […]

We need to stop HSUS

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Editor; As an exotic animal owner/breeder, I take great pride in being able to own, raise and sell animals to other responsible animal owners. All my animals meet and/or exceed state and federal guidelines in housing and care. On June 30, Gov. Ted Strickland, the Ohio Farm Bureau and the HSUS held a meeting, with […]

Strickland, OFBF ‘sold us out’

Thursday, July 8, 2010

‘The Ohio Farm Bureau is supposed to protect the interests of the farmers; instead they handed poultry, pork and beef farmers over to HSUS on a platter along with the exotic animal owners and dog breeders.’

Speak out for dairy industry and back H.R. 5288

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Editor: The Dairy Price Stabilization Bill, H.R. 5288, in the House has a companion bill in the Senate that needs the same support. All Ohio dairy farmers and those who work or support the dairy industry should contact Sens. Sherrod Brown or George Voinovich to ask them to sponsor the bill, with Sen. Bernie Sanders […]

Be wary of backyard, designer dog breeding

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Editor: According to an article by Dog Trainer Casey Lomonaco, breeders and rescuers should be equally considered when adopting dogs. Consider this alarming statistic. Every 6 years, 67,000 puppies can come from one mother and her litter. As a canine psychologist, rescuer and educator, I ask anyone feeling compassion for abused dogs to consider this […]

Not the standard for Ohio dairy farms

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Editor: I am writing in regards to the video that was taken at the Ohio dairy farm. The video was disturbing and wrong in so many ways. To be honest, I turned away and teared up. I still get sick at my stomach thinking about it now. As the wife of a hard-working dairy farmer, […]

Ohio’s dog auctions should be banned

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Editor: As an individual whose family members include farmers and breeders, it is my firm belief reporter Chris Kick has chosen to ignore the legitimate concerns of Ohio voters, and the perspectives and expertise of respected animal welfare scientists and veterinary experts, as a means in which to boost circulation for Farm and Dairy (“Holmes […]

It’s not a levy, but sales tax vote impacts Extension, too

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Editor: On May 4, 2010, voters will be asked to approve the 1 percent sales tax for Columbiana County. The outcome of this vote will greatly impact Ohio State University Extension in Columbiana County. County commissioners are required by law to fund mandated programs. Extension is not a mandated program and without the passage of […]

Youth need the foundation 4-H provides

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Editor: I send this note to express to you and others my concerns about the loss of funding for our county 4-H program. All four of my children were involved in 4-H as children, and in adulthood one son (and his wife) and one daughter (and her husband) have also been involved. It provided an […]

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