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Webster - Letter to the editor


Fri, Oct 10th, 2003
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about Sierra Club

Just a short note regarding your feature story about the meeting between Sierra Club and area family farmers (Sept. 29, 2003).

First off, thanks for the coverage and I hope that people realize that we in Sierra Club are very concerned about the survival and prosperity of family farmers here in Fillmore County and the entire country for that matter.

In the 25 years Ive lived in Bristol Township Ive witnessed 40-50% of family farms disappear. This exodus has a profound effect on everything here in the neighborhood. We lose good stewards of the land, school districts lost student base, rural towns shutter business, rural churches are closing their doors. It has been very damaging from an environmental standpoint as well as the high social costs associated with the problem.

Sierra Club is quite concerned about this and walks hand in hand with the family farmer and will do everything it can to help them survive and prosper.

We see corporate takeover of family farming as a very dangerous thing and hope to stop and reverse this damaging trend.

In your paper you had commentary from less than 1/2 of the people who gave presentations. All of the presenters were either family farmer neighbors or experts like Dr. Jon Rosenblatt of Mayo Clinic who gave a very good presentation about the dangers posed by the use of routine antibiotics in livestock confinement feeding operations (corporate farms).

One thing that should be said is that we are supporting family farming (sustainable farming) as a club on a national basis. We see organic farming as a part of that. I had one of my neighbors and friend who is Amish talk about organic farming. He is certified and his talk revolved around certification. I nor no one else said that there are 26,000 acres of certified organic Amish farms here in the area. They may be organic in nature but, not all are certified. Just want to clear that up.

At the end of the day Sierra Club is concerned about the decline of rural America. We hold family farmers up as what farming should be and are very much against the take over of farming here in our country by corporate interests. To that end we stand hand in hand with the neighborhood and will try to save what is left and rebuild it for the future.

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Capek - Letter to the editor

Fri, Oct 10th, 2003
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Letter about Ruby Jones article

Thank you so much for Juliann L. Mueller's beautiful portrayal of Ruby Jones (Oct. 6, 2003). Ruby has volunteered her tutoring services at Fillmore Central , where I was fortunate to get to know h ..... 
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Kit Van de Mark - Letter to the editor

Fri, Oct 3rd, 2003
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Letter about organic farming

You need to research your broad statements about organic Amish (September 29, 2003). There are many crop sprayers sitting on steel wheel in Amish yards. There are many chemicals applied to gardens. ..... 
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Poch Letter to the editor

Fri, Oct 3rd, 2003
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Letter about CCC & WPA article (Sept. 22, 2003)

More than two camps covered Fillmore County and I know there were camps in both Spring Valley and Houston. These camps had a radius limit of about 12 miles. At one time in the mid- ..... 
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Myron Hall - Letter to the editor

Fri, Oct 3rd, 2003
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Letter about article concerning war in Iraq

I find the article by former Senator Max Cleland in the September 29th edition of the Journal to be misleading. He asks if you really want to know what is going on in the war in Iraq, ..... 
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Upton - Letter to the editor

Fri, Sep 26th, 2003
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Letter about war in Iraq

After reading, in the September 15, 2003, Fillmore County Journal, the statements on Iraq by Dayton and Coleman, I felt a need to respond. As I wrote, I thought, This ones for Paul.

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Schulz - Letter to the editor

Fri, Sep 26th, 2003
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Letter about Oliver Stone quote

This is in response to the Oliver Stone quote you had in your newspaper September 18. I did not vote for George Bush nor will I but that has to be the lowest and dirtiest quote Ive ever read in a ..... 
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Marker - Letter to the editor

Fri, Sep 26th, 2003
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Letter about CCC &

WPA article

To the Editor,

While visiting Rushford recently, I was thrilled to read your article about the CCC and WPA (September 22, 2003). My father, William Marke ..... 
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Hermanson - Letter to the editor

Fri, Sep 26th, 2003
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Letter about state budget cuts

The State budget cuts have hit our district like a sledgehammer. The Office of Justice Programs (OJP), under the MN Dept. of Public Safety, has come up with a plan to deal with the cuts to programs ..... 
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