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Food comes from...?

Food comes from...?

If you’re like many Americans, the answer is the grocery store. And frankly, that disturbs me. The grocery store is just where it’s distributed. In reality, many people are unaware of agriculture in their lives.... and what it really takes to have food on their tables.

Just a few generations ago, most people were part of - or had friends or relatives involved with agriculture. Today that is no longer the case. That’s why I am writing, because agriculture provides the necessities of life: Food, clothing and shelter.

American farmers are working harder than ever. Today’s farmer feeds 154 people. And the need for food produced in the United States is dramatic. Agriculture is the nations’ No. 1 export and vitally important in sustaining a healthy economy.

And it’s not just the farmer who makes our food possible. Every worker and business, from farm to grocery store, is a vital link that brings you food.

It’s easy to take agriculture for granted - food is accessible and safe. We’re fortunate, but we have an obligation to recognize how it is made possible.

March 19 is National Ag Day, a time to be grateful for American agriculture!

Rosanne Caughey

Crow Wing Farm Bureau President

Ft. Ripley

U.N. arms control

I received a call today from the NRA, informing me that the U.N. Small Arms Treaty vote is scheduled for March 18 (Monday). Has anyone heard anything about this from any media?

Our sheriffs, police and the National Guard will not be the ones confiscating guns, blue helmets will.

This is more dangerous than any legislation being considered as it bypasses all our law enforcement/military personnel when it comes to gun confiscation. Background checks and registration will provide them all they need to know about where guns are located.

The treaty will require ratification by Congress. We can’t do anything about the U.N. vote, but we can put pressure on all our legislators to stop this.

This is one vote that cannot be taken back once cast. If they hear nothing, they will conclude no one cares. So it’s up to all of us now. While we are at it, let’s fight against gun registration.

Derold Davis


Kids need families

Our legislators, for the most part, are decent individuals that like to do noble things with other peoples money. In an effort to ease the burden on disadvantaged kids and couples who create illegitimate children, they have passed into law many provisions that subsidize the breakdown of the family.

Sad to say, they are being wildly successful.

Unfortunately, the unintended outcome is the increase in the number of kids with no family. Since everyone needs to belong to someone, or something, we are seeing an increase in the number of gangs. This leads to more crime.

Somehow we need to introduce “tough love” for those who have illegitimate


babies and, if there are going to be subsidies, they should go to encourage young married couples. If we don’t figure this one out our country is going to be a far different place and, “It ain’t going to be good.”

Chuck Hagberg


Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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