Archive for Thursday, June 7, 2007

Letters to the Editor

June 7, 2007

To the editor:

Black Jack Battlefield Trust would like to thank the Maple Leaf Festival Committee for use of their tram and Heritage Tractor for loan of a tractor to pull the tram transporting those attending the 151st Anniversary of the Battle of Black Jack.

The terrain is still a little rough, and many enjoyed the ride from the parking area at the south end of the property to Robert Hall Pearson Park.

The new footbridge, recently constructed by Weststar's Green Team, made the walk much more inviting than in the past, but many just enjoyed riding the tram.

Also, thanks go out to Santa Fe Trail Historical Society for those who manned the cabin throughout the day and evening. Many enjoyed the cabin tour in addition to the prairie and battlefield.

Black Jack Battlefield Trust

To the editor,

As President of the National Association of Wheat Growers and a Kansas wheat farmer, I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone, especially consumers, how the 2007 Food Security Act, currently being debated in Congress, will benefit them.

As Americans, we enjoy the safest, most abundant, and most affordable food and fiber supply in the world. For less than one-third of one percent of the federal budget, federal farm policy plays a large role in this bounty by providing a safety net for American growers and their communities. While NAWG and its members are advocating for minor changes to make the current safety net more equitable, there is no denying this legislation has been beneficial -- saving taxpayers money and helping to keep farmers on the land. These farmers, in addition to providing a safe, reliable domestic food source, contribute to energy independence through renewable fuels as well as being true stewards of a large portion of our nation's soil and water.

It's important for all Americans to understand that our nation's food security is not free. We must support an adequate safety net for those who provide for the most basic of our needs, our food.

John C. Thaemert
Wheat Producer
President, National Association of Wheat Growers
Sylvan Grove

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