Congratulations to Jim Sacia. I really enjoyed the campaign, and I am proud and honored by the people who supported and fought for me. We had many spirited moments, and I feel privileged to have been a part of our democratic process. Apparently, the majority of voters felt that the national issues are more important than the local issues. It’s sad to see how too many just don’t understand how the effects of industrial farming directly affect their lives whether they live in town or not. As long as people can go to the store and buy a gallon of milk for $1.29, a loaf of bread for 89 cents, hamburger at $1.89/pound, go through the drive-through and feed themselves off the dollar menu, have their tap water appear to be clear, they don’t care.
Perhaps when they themselves or see their neighbors lose their farm, become ill from bad water, cannot be outside because of the flies and stench, cannot sell their home because who in their right mind would buy a home next to acreages of manure ponds, which now must be disclosed by Realtors, and their children are not getting the education they deserve because money must be spent on bilingual teachers instead of books, and crime rates rise, maybe then they will care.
This campaign has been an experience that I will treasure because of the friends and associations that I have made and the amount of knowledge that I acquired from it all. I am honored to have met some of the smartest and kindest people from this district, the state and nationally. It’s these people who are not afraid to stand up to corruption, stand up for what is right and participate in the real world. It’s too easy for many to let others do the work, blame everyone else, make excuses and go hide in the shopping malls. I will continue to be active in the fight of industrial farming. I will always support our local farmers, environment, and keep a close tab on our elected officials and hold them accountable.
From the Nov. 10-16, 2010 issue