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SATAN LIVES

Satan has not come to Ohio — he has been here for a long time, flourishing within the factory farms where innocent animals suffer every day ["Having a Cow," June 16, 2010]. The Wiles pig farm and the Conklin dairy farm are not just isolated cases of animal abuse; if they were, there would not be such an uproar about the efforts being made to ensure that animals were at least spared a life of abject misery while waiting to be slaughtered. If there were already standards of care in place, these incidents may not have happened.

Personally criticizing Humane Society CEO Wayne Pacelle reveals the mentality of those who oppose this measure. When there is nothing valid to say, character assassination is employed. What he eats or does not eat matters not. These accusations are just deflections used by the opposition to sway the public to their side.

The issue is the reduction of the suffering of farm animals. I am privileged to be among the thousands of Ohioans to be gathering signatures for this ballot initiative, and like the others, I will continue to do what is necessary to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves.

Elinor Israel

Akron

Editor's note: Earlier this month, Governor Strickland announced that the Ohio Farm Bureau and the Humane Society have reached an agreement to implement livestock regulations without a ballot initiative.

LIVESTOCK LOVE THEIR BARNS

Be careful what you ask for: If you get it, it will be accompanied by unintended consequences — most of which are exceedingly unpleasant. "Having a Cow" is a case in point.

My father ran a tiny farm in the '70s, and we learned a lot of bitter lessons. Most animals are not capable of surviving outdoors; they have been bred to the point where they need to be in a barn most of the time. We had to contend with possums, raccoons, woodchucks, foxes, and coyotes, which generally will attack anything smaller than they are.

Providing space for animals will drive up grocery prices and require more farmhands, which creates more issues with illegal immigration. To find cheaper substitutes for products, people will wind up eating more processed foods, and more food will be imported from overseas, where there is zero protection of the food chain. In this country, there will be more farm abandonment and the death of small towns.

Franz Zrilich

Medina

Old WORLD WITH NEW HOURS?

I have been going to the West Side Market since I was a baby — 58 years ["Makeover Melee," June 9, 2010]. The market offers quality foods at very reasonable prices, and the variety is amazing. I agree that the hours are inconvenient, but I am against anything that would modernize it and force the vendors to either shut down or raise prices. Modern isn't always better!

Mary Nagy

North Ridgeville

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