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Donít give our life-giving soil away (11/01/2013)
From: Lorraine Redig

Winona County Commissioners, please, for love of God and all neighbors, say, ďNoĒ to the proposed zoning ordinance.

The pledge to our flag is based on love of God and neighbor, the greatest commandment. But, capitalism, the social-economic-political system we still, use doesnít include love of God and neighbor. To abide by one is to violate the other.

Capitalism allows the few pirate-like supply and demand buyers to set prices on the buying and selling ends of their business so farmers are paid much less than they have actually earned. Some farmers have increased their acreage and close-confinement feedlots in hopes of getting needed and earned profit.

That doesnít address the discrimination. It canít solve the piracy.

The existing zoning ordinance was designed to keep that precious soil here to feed us and all the future generations. Erosion has already created dead-zones in the Gulf of Mexico. They do not pay anything for the soil we export to them so erosion GIVES OUR LIFE-GIVING SOIL AWAY. It would not serve the common good to export the soil even if they paid for it.

The solution is for supply and demand producers to set up a co-operative structure to set their market prices at a profitable, equal-rights level. Capitalism does allow private enterprise producers to set their market prices, but when underpaid farmers and labor canít meet their needs, private enterprise canít sell what they need to sell. Injustice spreads like falling dominos. This produces recessions and depressions. The middle class is disappearing. The richest get richer, but that doesnít satisfy them. They always want more.

Please, for love of God and all neighbors, say, ďNoĒ to the proposed zoning ordinance. The common good is good for everyone. That includes you.

 

 

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