|To the Editor: Reasons cited to vote against Issue 2|
|Written by Teri Reinhart|
|Wednesday, 21 October 2009 07:24|
Issue 2 will elevate livestock animal care into our state constitution.¬† Why?¬† The answer is clearly to benefit corporate agricultural interests - such as industrial animal factories and their supporters.¬† This propaganda is being carefully spoon fed to the voters as a food safety promotion and a protection for OH families and farms. It is being financed to the tune of $7 million by the Farm Bureau.
Issue 2 will create an appointed board to oversee agriculture.¬† Ohio already has agencies in place for these duties. I've worked with government appointed boards.¬† They are big business dominated.¬† This will be no exception.
Under this amendment's vague language decisions would be final. There is no room for input or appeal from voters.¬† Our voices would be effectively¬† shut down letting an industry regulate itself unchecked.¬† This in itself should send up red flags for the average citizen.
Most of our legislators and Gov. Strickland are behind Issue 2.¬† Do they just not care about Ohioans' rights or are they influenced too much by certain campaign donations?
Issue 2 will create an unnecessary level of unfunded government.¬† Who is going to pay the expenses of this board?¬† We are cutting hours and funds at every level of state government now - even local libraries. Issue 2 is wrong for Ohio.¬† There should be no safe haven for any corporate special interest embedded in our constitution.
Ohioans should reject Issue 2.
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