- Northern Illinois to get $8.3 million for state construction projects
- Tree-lighting festival kicks off holiday season in Machesney Park
- Roscoe Boy Scout Troop’s tree stand at new location
- Tips for selecting safe toys for kids this holiday season
- Prayer service for World AIDS Day Nov. 30
- Food Bank joins national #GivingTuesday movement
- Lee Hamilton: What lies ahead for Congress
- Rockford Public Schools faces $8.8 deficit, board OKs flat tax, HR chief
- Literary Hook: A holiday tradition: ‘This Thanksgiving, Remember’
- Cold snap does not negate global warming
To the Editor: Mega-dairy is bad for farmers and environment
Yes, the proposed mega-dairy nuisance goes to trial in November. Proponents say this is good for ag, and good for the county. I suggest 43 acres of raw sewage leaking 40,000 gallons/day (their engineer) isn’t good for anyone. A
that puts farmers out of business (mega-dairy downstate has displaced more than 10 dairy families), increases local poverty (Ikerdt studies), decreases home values by 50-90 percent) Appraisal Journal); while polluting air, wells, and streams (six documented discharges so far), is no
development at all.
Further, the deliberate lawlessness of its siting (karst, creeks, laws broken and ignored) illuminates those who consider themselves and their actions above the law; just more corruption in Illinois. A healthful environment and our county’s future are worth fighting for! Hooray for those who stand up for future generations! We go to trial in November.
From the November 11-17, 2009 issue