- Email phishing scams escalate, BBB reports
- SwedishAmerican merges, becomes division of UW Health
- Aaron Rodgers has Jay Cutler’s back, even if the Bears don’t
- Police investigate home invasion on Applewood Lane
- Amy Newell named The Arc executive director
- Rockford Rocked Interviews: A chat with Rockford native Larry Merryman of Stonefront
- Technological assessment is needed
- Consumer advocates prep for looming telecom battle
- National Council of Churches president to speak in Rockford Sunday, Dec. 28
- RSO’s Holiday Pops set for Dec. 20-21 at Coronado
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