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Redalen - letter to the Editor


Fri, Mar 26th, 2004
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about CREP

In the March 15th issue of the Journal, Donna Rasmussen wrote a column asking us all to contact our elected officials urging support of the controversial CREP program. I ask you to contact these officials and encourage them to get it right before we approve it. The Minnesota Farm Bureau and the Minnesota Farmers Union have both come out against this program. The plan is a good idea and many of farmers support the concept. The problem is the length of contract, perpetual or 35 years.A good share of the active farmers today will not be farming in the year 2040. Why would they want to encumber their farm with a conservation easement that will expire long after they do. Those who support the perpetual contracts are often many of the same people and groups who think the Federal Government can manage the land better than farmers can. The program as proposed, would give the producer a payment to offset the lost production. In return the farmer gets the responsibility of maintaining the cover, possibly have to fence, control the weeds, pay the taxes and abide by several pages of covenants, all this for ever! You may as well just sell the land to the Sierra Club.

Another facet of the 35 year/ perpetual contract to consider is the recording requirements. Will these easements need to be filed with the County Recorder? What happens if the land is sold? Will abstracts have to be updated? Will mortgage and lien holders have to sign off? Who is responsible for the legal fees?

There are simple alternatives, one that would most likely be acceptable to farmers and their respective farm organizations. Have options for five and ten year contracts. Have escape clauses and sunset clauses. Entice the land-owner to participate with financial incentives that are negotiable. I find it ironic that the advocates of CREP point to the old CRP program instituted in the 1980's as their model and tout the environmental benefits it provided. The successes of the old CRP program could be attributed to demographic and economic factors. At that time an ageing farm population discovered that the CRP program was offering an economic benefit greater than cash rent or production return per acre for only a ten year commitment, thus the overwhelming participation.

The USDA presently has a program called continuous CRP, (CCRP) it's intent is set aside environmentally sensitive acres for 10 or .....
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Jergenson - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Mar 26th, 2004
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about gay marriage

I became a follower of Jesus Christ 13 years ago. If you're like me, you're probably very troubled about the prospect of gay marriage, gay pastors, and the Ten Commandments being thrown out of our publi ..... 
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Hellerud - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Mar 26th, 2004
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter supporting Rep. Davids

Greg Davids is not the problem and he has been the solution to many of the problems we have had in Southeastern Minnesota.

Look at the man's record since he was elected as a Mi ..... 
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Eppen - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Mar 26th, 2004
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about biblical literalism

Why I read Mr. Panko's editorial is a question, since I normally do not read them. I have never written a letter to the editor until now.

His view is that there are no moral ..... 
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Adelsman - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Mar 26th, 2004
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about biblical literalism

In response to Mr. Panko's opinion in the March 8, Journal, when Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior was in the desert for 40 days and night, he quoted the same scripture to Satan that is availabl ..... 
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Underbakke - Bonita A.

Fri, Mar 19th, 2004
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about same sex marriage bill

The proposal to amend the Constitution of Minnesota to ban same-sex marriages would legitimize discrimination. This would be in direct contrast to our state's historical goal of promoting equa ..... 
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Nyenhuis

Fri, Mar 19th, 2004
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about Rep. Davids

Rep. Greg Davids must be afraid of losing the election. He must be desperate to resort to using a "wedge" issue instead of dealing with tough issues, the economy, jobs, education, healthcare an ..... 
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Lesser - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Mar 19th, 2004
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about the Bible

I felt the article written by Mr. Panko (March 8, Fillmore County Journal) demanded a response (especially when he would seem to boldly compare those believing in an absolute truth with sects, cults, and t ..... 
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Thompson - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Mar 19th, 2004
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about same sex marriage and children

The following is a copy of a letter I recently sent to Rep. Davids.

Dear Mr. Davids,

I'd like to thank you for your judgment. Thank you for ..... 
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