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1006 PD: Letters to the editor

Richard Kadow Tok, Merle and Irene Yoder Hutchinson Published on 02 October 2006

Dear Editor,
It is time to give you and your magazine the boot.

I am going to be 67 years old this year. I’ve seen a lot of changes in the dairy industry and farming. I remember when the land grant colleges and the county extension agents began their propaganda blitz on the dairymen to expand. “You’re gonna have to milk a hundred cows to survive.” “You’re gonna have to farm more land.” Remember, the people that control the gold, control the information. Price cuts for milk helped their cause move forward. Along came easier bank credit and other easy loan sources. When the timing was right, more price cuts, and the foreclosures took place.

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When the farms were small family farms, there was a very large voting block of farmers. They were a force to be reckoned with; they had tremendous electing power. Their strong family values, work ethic and integrity were reflected in the choices they made in elected officials. The powers behind the scenes decided this had to be changed. They have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams.

When I lived in Oregon, I remember attending a dairy meeting on BST. We all voted against it! We had a surplus; the last thing we needed was something to make more milk. But Monsanto had the gold; they got it jammed through and approved for use. And guess what, there were enough greedy, self-serving farmers that jumped on the bandwagon. Another example of how the dairyman has helped to eliminate his fellow dairymen, while helping those other folks succeed in moving the remaining ones closer to the endangered species list and total elimination.

I would imagine when you are being loaded onto the cattle cars headed for the mines or are being marched to the gas chambers, your response will be, “It’s okay, this is progress. Everything’s going to be fine.” Or when reality sets in, ask, “How many of you factory family farmers out there actually own your farms?” Originally, most farms had been in the family for generations.

Oh, and be very nice to Bush’s guest workers in your employ. Because down the road, they will be in charge, if you are allowed to stay.

Richard Kadow Tok, Alaska Retired dairyman

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Dear Editor,
My husband and I want to express our appreciation and thanks for publishing Yevet Tenney’s inspiring articles. In a climate where many try to still the voices of those who are Christians, we very much appreciate your publication of articles that so clearly speak of our God.

Merle and Irene Yoder Hutchinson, Kansas

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