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Get The Tar And Feathers

Going back some 25 years ago, the milk industry changed the way that they were going to buy raw milk. At that time, there were two classes of milk from which the buyers had to pay the producers. Some producers were not making grade A class number one milk, and they felt that the producers never would be able to change Grade B milk.

Guess what happened? Yep, the buyers amended the Federal Milk Marketing Act, order as they call it, to make it sound official, to read 3 classes of milk, some for drinking, class 1; some for butter, class 2; and some for powder, yep class 3. Then, as time went on and the amendment worked and the price that the buyers had to pay the producers went down, they decided to do it again – add another class of milk. They did, that’s right class 4, yeppperrr. Now the price average dropped the price so low to the farmers, below cost to produce it, and what happened to the producers? They dropped like flies. Now, of course, it was not the buyers’ fault, because the "producers" all voted on it through the "bloc" vote, through their local and friendly cooperatives. The cooperative has the "power" to vote in blocs for their producers. Can you follow me on this? So now, after nearly 26 years, and times are harder because the local co-operatives merged into mega monopolies and the way the co-ops still change things are through bloc votes agreed upon buy the "producers," we are basically back to square one. See, the co-ops make money on every ounce of milk the producers make! Shocking, huh?

Can you, as a normal human, understand any of this? How about this – if there are 4 classes of milk, some pay less than the others, and the average of all four classes drops, what happens to the farm gate price?

Yep, see you’re an easy learner. Can you answer me this? Why? In case you missed my question, why?

I can bet you, and not too many producers know the answer, either. Can you answer that comment? Independent producers against the co-ops? Clue – bloc vote, upheld by the great and powerful Dept. of Agriculture (pull back the curtain, Toto).

One more question for you, what industry puts a 7 to 1 ratio of income into the economy? 7-1 can you imagine. If China lays off any more workers, they will all become farmers and we probably will be eating China food because the co-ops will have to make money somehow, and America will buy the cheapest food, so go figure. Are you following?

Tar and feathers and long pole, and a bus trip to Washington or Scranton is closer. Just all of the few farmers who have been promised the world for the past 25 years, and are still milking cows for the hope of a better price, can tar and feather the politicians and run them out of town on a pole. Then, a trip to Syracuse where their fearless leader lives. Take extra feathers for me, I’ll be there. Question, where did the term, “Keep it stupid, simple” come from?


Pete Seman

Thompson, PA

Is It Necessary?

Why has the Susquehanna Borough Council decided to approve a LERTA (Local Economic Revitalization Tax Act) application for Lakey's Bar? Don’t we need all the tax revenue we can get in this borough? Lets face it, this is not revitalization, it is expansion, designed to increase the business in a bar, which would increase the profit made by the owners. We didn't need a larger bar in town. The only good thing about this expansion, in my mind, is that it will reduce the noise pollution generated by amateur rock bands during the summer months, and that is insufficient reason, in my opinion, to approve a LERTA.

In addition, with all the parking problems in town, why would borough council decide to change the parking areas for Lakey's? One would think that before entering into an expansion of a business, one should consider the parking problems the expansion would create. Now the borough has agreed to expend borough funds to paint new lines for a private business. Let’s face it, Front Street is not wide enough for anything other than parallel parking. Diagonal parking will reduce the street to less than two lanes.


Harry Biesecker

Wake Up, America

While we are perplexed by our economic problems, President Barack Obama has unleashed his manifesto of abortion upon the world, paid for by our taxes. Outrageous. If we do not vigorously guard and protect our pro-life laws that control abortion here in America, there will easily be two or three times 3,700 babies murdered every day.

President Obama has no mandate to do this, it is a violation of the laws of God and nature. This is a breach of confidence, America, don’t wait until it’s too late. Defend the constitutional right to life now. Let your congressmen and senators know that our families expect them to uphold all laws protecting human life from the moment of conception to natural death.

Above all, make sure they are 100% wholeheartedly committed to the life at conception act in congress, and that you expect to hear from them as to their progress.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, and all who love God, may this be our finest battle, and our last, to God be the glory.


John Mann

Susquehanna, PA

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