[This week's Letters to the Editor have all be submitted via this website - web.ed]
Governor Pawlenty's New Animal Agriculture plan
I have something to say regarding Governor Pawlenty's new plan for animal agriculture. After hearing that his recently released Livestock Task Force report was a blueprint for encouraging large corporate-backed livestock operations to move into Minnesota, I was SO confused!! These factory-style operations displace family farms and produce millions of gallons of liquid manure that threaten our environment.
WHY wouldn't Pawlenty provide for a democratic process, which includes opportunities
for broad input and results in conclusions that are broadly beneficial? Like
some public meetings. Or a call for input from the thousands of family livestock
farmers with a lifetime of experience. This closed-door process has resulted
in recommendations that, for the most part, benefit the corporate interests
at the table, and leave nothing for the family farmer.
And who sits on this task force? Why, none other than representatives from
AgStar Financial Services, one of the largest financers of factory farms, and
the Agri-Growth Council, the state's largest corporate ag-lobbying group. Other
members include the president of the Minnesota Pork Producers Association, who
also happens to be an executive at Christensen Farms (the fourth-largest factory
hog farm in the nation).
The Farmers Union and the Land Stewardship Project are working for policies
that result in more farmers raising livestock in ways that protect the rural
environment. And there is the Minnesota National Farmers Organization and the
Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota, who are working to develop ways
to promote more livestock on family farms.
farmers want policies that promote open, competitive markets and encourage fair
prices for a quality product. Lifestock farmers want to explore ways to increase
profit, by meeting the growing consumer concern for safe, quality meat. Corporate
factory farms have just the opposite effect, and should be kept out of Minnesota.
I think we need to show our support for our local family farms, and send a
clear message to Pawlenty and his task force of corporate factory farm supporters
that we don't want it here, and we don't need it here. Keep the factory farms
out of Minnesota!!!!
Letter from 17-year-old Black male Minneapolis resident
I am currently at the Juvenile Detention Center in Minneapolis. I have been
in here since October 14, 2004. I am here on a gun charge—possession of
a firearm by a minor. I was detained at my arraignment, which means at my first
court appearance the judge said I have to stay here until I go back to court,
possibly be facing jail time. [My trial is scheduled for December 22, 2004.]
I was detained because they said I was a threat to society, but I have never
had a felony charge until now.
I am Black and Caucasian mixed, but considered Black by the system. Recently,
when four white kids came in here on charges of making and blowing up a homemade
bomb, they only spent one night here and did not have to go to court. The judge
released them the next day without even going to court; they just got to go
home. One of the kids told me this, “The police talked to the judge and
the judge released us all.” They got to go home even though certain staff
at the JDC heard one of the kids talking about what happened and telling us
how to make a bomb.
Now, I feel I have been racially profiled (which the police in our system are
taught to do). The prosecutor and the judge say I pose a potential threat to
society, but those boys have already threatened society by making and blowing
up bombs. Of course, they say they were not trying to hurt anyone, but that
does not matter, they committed two federal offenses, but all their charges
were dropped and their cases dismissed. One of the kids also told me, “I
know white people got it good and that’s why I am going home.”
Because of racial profiling, 9 out 10 of the people in my MOD are non-white.
The only white kid that is here said he had nine months of dirty UA’s
with cocaine in them, and then they finally locked him up. I had a friend once,
who is black; he had one dirty UA with weed and got sentenced to 4-6 weeks.
In case you didn’t know, that’s what it’s like in the juvenile
system in Minneapolis.
17-year-old Black male,
Rockin' With Panzerfaust
I'm not from the Twin Cities area, but I did see something on NBC tonight
about the wonder-brains at the "music" company called "Panzerfaust"
in your area. In a stroke of what can only be caled "genius" (again
with the quotation marks...I'm crazy for them) they seem to be handing out some
of their enlightening white-supremacist CD's out to unsuspecting school kids,
who are, no doubt, taking them home, giving 'em a spin and going out on lynching
runs. But they do get a lesson about Nazism, too.
They all should be strong, and manly, just like that adonis Heinrich Himmler.
They are portraying themselves as intellectual, just like that bastion of sanity,
Rudolf Hess. They want to get rid of homosexuals, just as Ernst Roehm would
have done, in-between giving the other manly party members a reacharound, of
course. The non-aryans of America, according to them , are supplying the youth,
the white youth, of America with drugs, something I'm sure Hermann Goering would
have approved, after he came down from his last trip to the opium den. The Jews
have got to go, so says the manly mono-testicled Fuhrer himself, who was , and
I will be fair, supposedly of some Jewish descent. By fair I mean there is something
like a .09% chance he was not.
Well, who said the kids aren't getting a well-rounded education? Anyway, my
feeling is this: let these dim-witted, sorry, self-pitying, blame-someone-else-for-my-stupidity
and/or bad luck dingleberries pass out that garbage. It's a war of attrition.
They will spend money to hand out these freebies, and not have enough for jack-boots
and strap-ons later. Little Johnny Open-mindedness isn't going to go racist
when he hears this. Suzie Valedectroian isn't going to miss the stupidity of
what they say, and Larry Quarterback isn't going to stop trying to bang Laetitia
Goldstein, the sexy Afro-Jewish cheerleader, because some group named Armored
Foreskin or some other hystericaly stupid name says that because they are too
shit-brained to get it together, everybody should follow suit. No, they will
be laughed at by the vast majority for the very stupidity they try to overcome
with propoganda loaded with 79% of the thesaurus.
So bring it on skin-heads. We all could use another group to point to for a
good laugh while we gay-it-up, sing rap songs and stroke it to Jewish supermodels,
and generally be regular folks.