To the Editor: Decides to vote against Issue 2 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Wallace L. Pretzer   
Saturday, 10 October 2009 07:58
Having grown up on a family farm, I was pleased to read Vickie Askins' letter (Oct. 7) regarding Issue 2.  This is not the first time that I have read her thoughtful letters regarding farm issues, especially regarding her opposition to factory farms.  I have also opposed them because of their large-scale developments lacking meaningful controls.
On my country route to Dublin, Ohio, recently, I saw many Yes for Issue 2 signs, usually on family farms.  Thinking that the arguments for the proposal as well as its general plan could, as Vickie has indicated, be good, I thought of voting for it.  Yet I was also skeptical of "the unchecked power" embodied in the proposal.
With the help of Vicki's points, I now know that I will vote against Issue 2.  A new law applying to farmers should not be an amendment to the state constitution. This one favors large agribusiness interests that often neglect rules on animal welfare. I noted that organizations like the Ohio Farmers Union, the League of Women Voters, and Ohio's Sierra Club oppose Issue 2. As the election draws nearer, it will be interesting to read just how newspaper editors articulate their positions.
Wallace L. Pretzer
Bowling Green

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