Reader Opinion

March 4, 2017 02:22 AM
Donald Trump

Please Forget Us 
Corey Phillippi, farmer, West Jefferson, Ohio
This nonsense of the monumentally stupid and useless wall built to satisfy Trump’s gigantic ego is going to have enormous consequences for American farmers. In an already tough business environment, the last thing we need is political instability, which these days is one of the only things separating us from our South American competitors. So to Trump and the congressional Republicans rubber stamping his childish foreign policy, I ask that you please forget us so we may get back to the business of feeding America and the world. 

Refreshingly Trump
Chip Callister, farmer, Cannon Falls, Minn.
How discouraging to hear Senator Nolen (January 2017 Farm Journal) label the new administration’s appointments as B.S. (I get he was trying to be nice by calling them fertilizer). It’s refreshing to me, and others who voted for Trump, that we are no longer going to be governed by the elite ruling class. By this I mean the establishment of career politicians, lawyers, intellectuals, media that prints propaganda for the left, community organizers and so on. Instead, this “fertilizer” consists of men and women who have been successful in their careers such as generals and world-renowned businessmen.

Harvesting the Past Eight Years 
Dean Klingler, farmer, Noble, Ill.
I understand Frank Nolen’s concern; however, let’s go back the past eight years: a $10 trillion national debt, more than all previous administrations combined; the “unaffordable care act,” costing many families, including farmers, exorbitant premium increases; and trading five (Guantanamo Bay) prisoners for one Army deserter. Could it be that our past eight years of harvest has turned to weeds?

It’s About Climate Change
Loren Johnson, farmer, Elkhorn, Wis.
There seems to be much enthusiasm in rural America for the repeal of laws and the relaxing of rules and regulations, but understand: We cannot repeal the laws of nature. Yet, in our hubris, we live as though those laws don’t apply and have been engaged in the most radical experiment ever, that of testing the limits of the atmosphere to hold our emissions, many of them coming from agriculture. The unintended consequences have changed the earth’s operating system. For my part, I will be staying on top of our leaders prodding them to do what is right for agriculture and future generations, but I will also be urging the farm press to do right, to be the agents of change we need for 21st century agriculture. 

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