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The Democrat-Gazette has seen fit to assault U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln three times in less than a week on their editorial page.  This level of repetition surpasses a mere pattern and might be deemed an obsession.  Obsessive folks can be dangerous because they tend to ignore facts that don't concur with their fixations.

Newspaper editors who probably would not recognize a plow if it opened a furrow on their writing desks simply lack credentials on this topic.  Yet, they hold forth to be experts on farm policy and the programs designed to accomplish that policy.  Contrary to ignorance-based opinions, farm programs were not designed to make farmers wealthy.  They exist to ensure that the nation has an adequate supply of food and fiber products.  They do provide a safety net to producers of the major commodities that are the base of the world's food supply but that net certainly does not guarantee a profit.

I would defy any editor or other farm program critic to name another national food and farm policy initiative that has delivered the benefits to a society like our U.S. farm policy does.  Senator Lincoln understands this.  Many editors do not.

Criticizing Senator Lincoln for standing up for a segment of her constituents that suffered severe crop damage from weather disasters in 2009 is not only unfair, it's suspicious because critics have relied on editors at the Washington Post and the New York Times to advocate against Arkansas producers.  Why?  Why would a native give credibility to a big city editor far removed from the farm in an effort to harm their home state industry of agriculture? Seeking an answer to that question is liable to cause me to fall into the paranoia pit and it's already crowded with tea baggers.

From the farm community, I say bless you Miss Blanche and please don't let the naysayers wear you down.  You did us proud by being a Senator doing what a Senator should!

Harvey Joe Sanner

Des Arc

Lethal injection stalled

In all the discussion of lethal injection protocols, no one has focused on the supplier of the key component, the drug sodium thiopental. Hospira Incorporated, the only supplier of the drug in this country, has been unable to obtain the active ingredient for the drug and apparently will not make new shipments until 2011. Kentucky Gov. Steven Beshear has held off signing two death warrants because his state's supply of the drug expires Oct. 1. The Oklahoma Department of Corrections recently tried to substitute another drug for the sodium thiopental for the execution of Jeffrey Matthews. His attorney challenged that substitution and a federal judge stayed the execution. Arkansas uses essentially the same protocol for lethal injections as Kentucky. Maybe now is the time for a moratorium on execution in our state while we review the death penalty to see if it is effective public policy.

David L. Rickard

Little Rock

Pulaski school woes

The parents, grandparents, guardians and others should be appalled at the leadership of the Pulaski County Special School District.  The bell times were not well thought out and caused more problems than the solutions intended.  The Board has not shown fiscal restraint with Board members who have not repaid funds to the district.  The Board has made a debacle of its attempt to replace the Pulaski Association of Classroom Teachers as a bargaining agent for teachers with a personnel committee voted down by over 80 percent of the teachers. 

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