Voting on CAFOs

January 28, 2008
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Voices: Voting on CAFOs

January 27, 2008 08:57 pm

— John Putnam, a resident opposed to a proposed juice/strip bar in his neighborhood, had the following quote in Tuesday’s (1/22/08) Globe: “There is no reason why the citizens of each county in Missouri should not be allowed to vote for, or against, sexually oriented businesses in their county. The Supreme Court has ruled that each community should be able to set its own standards, and a countywide ballot on such businesses would be the best way to establish those standards locally.”
From that statement, it seems Mr. Putnam has a pretty good grasp of the founding principles of our democracy. Local citizens, making local decisions over activity that affects their locale — a quite interesting concept indeed.
Now, if only Doyle Childers and the Department of Natural Resources (or as defined by their actions: Due diligence Not Required or Don’t Need Resources) would apply Mr. Putnam’s principle to their love of CAFOs, the citizens of Missouri might actually wake up one morning and find they actually have a say in protecting their natural resources. That would be instead of the sellouts to corporate agriculture and political contributors that they are now force fed on a regular basis.
Geoff Caldwell
Joplin

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