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To the Editor:
This letter concerns the possibility/probability of a tax levy appearing on the ballot that would affect the future of an agricultural extension office in Carroll County, and the future of 4-H.

While I am sure that both of these things are beneficial, neither one is necessary. The extension office can provide useful information to farmers, and non-farmers alike. So it’s services are helpful.

The commissioners say we need to support farmers because farming is our number 1 industry. And how can we continue to feed the world without farmers?

What if our number 1 industry was steel making, or mining, or auto making? What special interests would they spend tax dollars on to support steelworkers, coalminers or autoworkers? And outside of their own families, how many full time employees do farmers hire?

Agriculture of course is necessary. We all have to eat. But agriculture is a big word that can describe many things. It would include the dairy farmer, it would also include the guy down the road who raises alpacas. It would also include my growing a tomato plant in a pot on my front porch.
My grandfather was farmer. He was experienced. If a farmer has been successful enough to stay in business, he should KNOW what makes sense and what doesn’t.

4-H while being a big thing in many people’s lives, is of no real interest to others. Not everyone in Carroll County is involved in 4-H. But 4-H is one of our long time traditions.

But traditions can become so big that they become considered a rule that says we MUST observe it, or support it, in order for our conduct to be socially acceptable. And when we by law, HAVE to support a tradition, then it is no longer a tradition, but a law.

As a property owner in Carroll County, I will not vote for a tax levy that by law, MAKES me support a tradition. My personal freedom of choice is overthrown.

When a tradition becomes a rule (or law) it carries with it expectations. One would therefore expect 4-H to build strong character in our nation’s youth. But it’s not GUARANTEED! No more than there is any guarantee that a child in 4-H will go on to pursue a career in agriculture.

One man wrote into The Free Press Standard, saying that his brother’s 4-H project helped pay for his college. It’s not my responsibility to see that someone else’s child goes to college.

It is not my responsibility to see that someone else’s child grows up “morally straight”. If it were, I’d expect to see a tax levy aimed at supporting the Boy Scouts.

It’s been suggested that 4-H helps keep kids off the streets. These responsibilities fall on the parents, not on everyone else. If the parents want 4-H, fine! Let THEM pay the club dues.

David Shaw

To the Editor:
It is with heartfelt gratitude we thank the general public for their support and the following businesses for allowing the Carroll County Animal Protection League (CCAPL) to have our successful fund-raisers in February and March: Kishman’s Superstore at Minerva, Consumers National Bank and Tractor Supply of Carrollton. Thanks, Tom and Jan Kishman, Bev Newell and Cindy Garwood.

The 50/50 winner at Consumers National Bank was Joe Braley of Carrollton. Congratulations, Joe. The other winners at Kishman’s Superstore and Tractor Supply were Bob Sheppler of Malvern and Phoebe Benson of Canton. They donated their winnings back to the CCAPL. Thanks, Bob and Phoebe. Thanks also to our wonderful adult and junior volunteers for their time to cover these events.

We are making progress in our efforts to build an animal shelter for Carroll County on the land we purchased July 1, 2009, on Canton Rd. If you love animals and want to help us reach our goals, join us at a meeting to learn more about us and what we are trying to accomplish. We meet the first Tuesday of each month at the Friendship Center at the Carroll County Fairgrounds at 6:30 p.m.

With sincere thanks
Eileen Rohrer, President

To the Editor:
On May 4, 2010, I encourage Carroll County voters to “Vote For” the Carroll County OSU Extension levy. The 5-year, 0.57-mill property tax levy will cost the $100,000 home owner an additional $17.51 per year.

Over the years, the Extension Service has been the primary vehicle by which both technology and new management practices have been introduced and adopted by Carroll County farmers. Allow me to cite two examples.

During the late ‘60s and ‘70s no tillage and minimum tillage practices were introduced to Carroll County farmers by the OSU Extension service, saving top soil, time and energy and is still being practiced in today’s modern agriculture.

During the past 40 years, artificial insemination has become widely adopted by Carroll County farmers which has enabled dairy and beef producers to utilize the most productive genetics immediately rather than waiting years before receiving the benefits.

And who is the recipient of these benefits? It is you and I, the consumer, by having the least cost food in the world.

Finally, as a garden supply retailer, Farmers Exchange is seeing a rapidly growing interest in backyard fruits and vegetables. Not only does Carroll County OSU Extension provide information on “How to” but it also helps us as a retailer to identify and make recommendations on how to control pests and diseases. This trend is coupled with the fact that we have a generation that does not know how to properly can or freeze their homegrown fruits and vegetables.

By voting for the Carroll County OSU Extension levy this funding will permit the restoration of such hands-on programs and services as pressure canner testing, food preservation workshops and other educational programs which will support the “Buy Fresh, Buy Local, Buy Carroll” concept.

I respectively encourage Carroll County voters to vote For the Carroll County OSU Extension levy. Thank you.

Bruce and Crystal Burgett

To the Editor:
I would like to express my appreciation to Dave Seck, Rob McClure and the Center Twp. Trustees for the job they did on the township roads this winter. This appeared to be one of the worst winters for snowfall we’ve had in a long time and they have stepped up to the plate and did an outstanding job keeping the roads cleared.

We are the last house in the township on our road and had no problem traveling on the Center Twp. Roads. The maintenance on the road, in good or bad weather, has improved tremendously. I feel it’s important to let them know how good of a job they have done. Keep up the great work.

Juanita Weals
Center Twp. resident

To the Editor:
State Representative Mark Okey and State Representative Todd Snitchler recently held a meeting with representatives of the Stark County Federation of Conservation Clubs, and the Ohio Federation of Conservation Clubs and an outdoor writer to discuss mutual concerns for enacting a law covering the management of whitetail deer in Ohio.

Okey indicated that his legislative proposal, House Bill 410, was crafted to resolve concerns presented to him by deer farmers and deer hunting preserves over whether the Ohio Revised Code designates either the Ohio Department of Agriculture or the Division of Wildlife with the legal authority to manage whitetail deer populations in Ohio. This includes free ranging deer, captive deer and deer hunting facilities.

Representative Okey indicated that during an in-depth research on the subject he discovered that the Ohio Revised Code is ambiguous as to which government agency has the responsibility for which segment of managing the welfare of Ohio’s deer. He indicated that his original legislative proposal received objections from various elements of citizens involved with deer, whether they are deer hunters, deer propagators, owners of deer hunting preserves, or private citizens with pet deer.

Okey indicated that by the end of this month, he’ll introduce a substitute bill that should resolve issues that citizens revealed to him after the original draft of HB 410 was introduced into the legislative hopper.

He revealed that all too often, a representative of either agency simply either failed or by their silence, refused to reply to his inquiries during the eight months that were spent on the original draft.

Representative Okey indicated that a spokesperson representing an agency involved with managing deer said they draft legislation giving them additional authority, while a spokesperson for another agency indicated that they simply ignore legislation they do not approve. Okey said this has to stop.

Okey admitted to having heated arguments with the Director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources as well as the Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture over his concerns about drafting proper legislation to resolve deer related problems.

Frustrated by this lack of response from representatives of either the Department of Agriculture or the Division of Wildlife to questions directly asked of them, he said, “I am attempting to work in a cooperative manner with the Governor’s office, the Department of Agriculture, and the Division of Wildlife to draft legislation that will meet with the approval of these segments of our government, and the public, but if one agency does not cooperate in a timely manner, they may not sanction the final legislation.”

As a Carroll County farmer with a 350-acre farm, consisting of 130 acres of small grain production and 220 acres of prime wildlife habitat, Okey is personally familiar with deer, turkeys and non-game wildlife, including coyotes. Last year, the Okey family harvested four deer, donating three of them to Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry (FHFH). Okey is a member of the National Wild Turkey Federation, a dedicated sportsman, and a conservationist enjoying hunting since he was a youngster.

Ed Moody
Louisville, OH

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