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Letters to the Editor - March 14, 2013

March 19 is the 40th anniversary of National Ag Day. It's not a day that seems to get a lot of attention. Which is kind of surprising, since so much of what makes this country great can be traced back to our agricultural roots.

The challenges facing our nation's farmers and ranchers are daunting. It is estimated that we will have to increase food production by 70 percent by 2050 to feed a global population of 9.3 billion. What's more, agriculture will play a role in meeting the growing demand for energy, which is expected to increase by more than 40 percent by 2035.

Farmers and ranchers also face the uncertainty of climate change and the constraints of diminishing water resources. But they continue to rise to the challenge every single day in order to bring us the most abundant, affordable and safest food supply in the world.

These days, most of us don't spend much time thinking about who grows our food or where it comes from. The closest interaction many have with a farmer or rancher is when we visit our local farmers market or stop by a "U-pick" orchard or pumpkin patch. I also think that many of us haven't made that important connection that nearly everything we eat depends on having adequate soil, water and sunshine.

And the nurturing skills of a farmer or rancher who understands how to coax a seed to life while preserving and enhancing the resources that sustain that life.

Hats off to our farmers and ranchers on National Ag Day. We'd like to give you the day off. But you've got a world to feed.

Trudy Kareus

state executive director

Colorado Farm Service Agency

In finally disclosing many of the administration's sequester deceptions, the press and various fact checkers seem adamant in applying varying numbers of "Pinocchios" relative to the severity of the alleged lie. For example, the false claim of capitol janitors receiving a pay cut earned four Pinocchios.

In fairness to Pinocchio, I object strongly to this misuse of his name. He is actually the hero of a children's novel, "The Adventures of Pinocchio," by Carlo Collodi, and as an animated puppet, is punished for each lie that he tells by undergoing further growth of his nose. But he also gains wisdom through a series of misadventures which lead him to becoming a real human as reward for his good deeds.

It is not only unfair, but unjust and inappropriate to associate him with the blatant lies of the Obama administration. I wholeheartedly implore the media to cease this undue, disrespectful use of his name.

If the press needs to assign a code name to an "untruth" they should simply call it like it is - an "Obama," not a "Pinocchio," and still assign numbers that represent the degree of misrepresentation such as two Obamas or three Obamas, etc.

"A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open marker is a nation that is afraid of its people."

- John F. Kennedy

Let freedom ring and the truth ultimately prevail!

Richard Doran

Battlement Mesa

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