Co-op members, do you really want to go through another year like this one? Or would you prefer to have skilled, experienced and hard-working people back on the jobs they loved and respected and gave their all for?
The Wetlands Reserve Program is a great program. I am glad to see something being done in Washington this year for North Dakota farmers in the Devils Lake basin — farmers who have been through and have lost so much.
As average citizens of the 7th Congressional District struggle with today’s financial mess (including home foreclosures, health care costs and job loss), Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., focuses his attention on continued government support for the district’s financial elite: its farmers.
In the five-plus years serving Northland Community and Technical College as dean of management education, I have coined a job-related mission statement for myself as “Northland Colleges’ Ambassador of Agriculture.” With the long winters, below-zero temperatures and snow-covered fields that are sure to come any day, it is easy to forget the fact that the industry that built our area was agriculture.
In a statement issued Nov. 23, the farm organization said it is opposed to all farm program payments and asks that they be discontinued. The organization then goes on to decry health care reform as a government takeover, which it is not.
Although these senators question or don’t want a government option for health care reform, they see highly subsidized federal crop insurance in a much different light. In this, they’re joined by most of the Blue Dog Democrats in the House and fellow farm state senators.
There was no shouting of angry words or shows of malice. Instead, there was a proud, peaceful and wet display of history and honor — honor to our parents and others who came before us, worked hard despite adversity, made our country stronger and brought us to where we are today.
The fuel supply folks in Grand Forks need to step up to the plate and get some ethanol pumps installed. The region has a lot of customers who would use higher blends. There are a lot of people here who are anxious to do what’s right for America.
At one point in my life, I was a card-carrying member of the NRA and considered becoming a life member of that group. But when the NRA helped defeat legislation that would prohibit or restrict the purchase of armor-piercing bullets, I had a change of heart.
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