To the Editor: Questions asked about Issue 2
Written by Kristin Vessey   
Thursday, 08 October 2009 07:25
Are you being pestered with ads and robocalls urging you to support Issue 2?  Most of us are.  No surprise, when those trying to win its passage are spending millions of dollars to convince us it's in our own interest - their slick ad campaign presents it as "motherhood and apple pie".  
Before you vote, however, you might wonder why they are pushing this issue so hard - are they afraid of something?  Where is all that money coming from?  Why was there only one hearing in each legislative branch, when most bills get several at least?  Why should the standards that would be established by this proposed board be "subject to the authority of the General Assembly," when the few bills related to concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) introduced in the last few years have never even made it out of committee for a vote by the assembly?  Why, instead of an independent board, should the director of the Dept. of Agriculture chair this Livestock Care Standards Board when that department promotes, permits and monitors the CAFOs?  And why should such a board be proposed as an amendment to our Ohio Constitution, that document of general principles, instead of being legislated into existence?  
Perhaps we're being asked to vote early to keep us from being exposed to such questions and from doubting the wisdom of what the proponents hope is a "slam-dunk" proposal.
If you have time, you might want to read "The Omnivore's Dilemma" by Michael Pollan or watch "Food, Inc." before you vote.  As we've seen, money and ads often win - but that's if we let them sway us instead of thoughtfully considering both sides and where those will lead.  I hope you will join me in voting against Issue 2.
Kristin Vessey
Bowling Green

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