In his column "The USDA's unhealthful budget" (Opinion
Commentary, May 1), Dr. Scott Kahan gave us little-publicized information we all need to know about U.S. farm policy.
Why do huge agribusinesses receive money from us taxpayers to grow what we don't need, in ways that many times we would not approve, while small farmers struggle unaided to implement good conservation practices and provide us with nutritious food in good-tasting and safe forms?
Congress will be crafting a new farm bill this spring. It needs to pass a fair bill that will provide help to small farmers who need it and are trying to do the right thing.
Large corporations are a necessary, often beneficial, presence in America.
But it is time to stop awarding them subsidies they don't need for foods for which they have to invent uses - surplus foods that often never should have been grown in the first place.
Elaine M. Pardoe
The writer is a registered dietitian.
Back leaner budget instead of tax hikes
When is The Sun's editorial board going to get its head out of the clouds and return to reality?
The Sun's continuing stance on taxes - the editors seem never to have met a tax they didn't like - is far from the stance of the ordinary working citizens of this state ("Deferring taxes," editorial, May 3).
Spending on the state level is supposed to match the revenues collected. State leaders are not supposed to just figure out what they want to spend, then collect the money.
The editors need to get a grip and start advocating responsibility in budgeting instead of profligate tax hikes.
Vetoing war funding extends failed policy
It was an obscene gesture by President Bush to veto the war funding bill ("Bush, Congress eye next Iraq step," May 2).
The loss of the lives of more than 3,300 U.S. military personnel as well as untold thousands of Iraqis in the war are directly attributable to the obstinate and absurd nature of Mr. Bush's policies in Iraq.
To really support our troops would be to bring them home from Iraq at once.
We are being misled by Mr. Bush.
In reality, even if our military stays in Iraq for 50 years, the day after we leave, the country will lapse into chaos.
Mr. Bush and his advisers need to admit that Iraq is lost and that we need to cut our losses and leave without further ado.
Save lives of troops with a ticket home
Saving the lives of our young men and women and minimizing the debilitating physical and mental injuries of returning war vets from Iraq and Afghanistan should be every American's primary concern ("Bush, Congress eye next Iraq step," May 2).
Why can't the Democrats pass a law directing the administration to direct our military leaders to draw up a plan to bring our troops home as quickly and safely as possible?
Many of our military leaders would be happy to comply.
A. Robert Kaufman
Extremism extends now to talk of coup
Regular Sun columnist Thomas Sowell wrote in Thursday's edition, "When I see the worsening degeneracy in our politicians, our educators and our intelligentsia, I can't help wondering if the day may yet come when the only thing that can save this country is a military coup" ("Random thoughts," Opinion
Commentary, May 3).
The very fact that such a frightening thought could be penned by a widely read columnist is proof (if further proof is needed) of how far such irresponsible right-wing zealots have taken us.
ConEdison Solutions upholds its contracts
In his column "Maryland electricity scheme is fiasco" (May 2), Jay Hancock inaccurately describes the status of some Baltimore Gas and Electric customers who have chosen a competitive electricity supplier.
The column incorrectly states that customers have been told that their contract with Ohms Energy and ConEdison Solutions has been canceled and casts doubt about whether ConEdison Solutions' existing supply contract with Ohms Energy expires in June.
In fact, customers had no contract with ConEdison Solutions. ConEdison Solutions has a supply contract with Ohms Energy - not with any individual customers - which expires in June and has not been canceled.
ConEdison Solutions chose not to renew the contract at this time, recognizing that, after June, customers would receive a better price by purchasing electricity supplies directly from the utility.
ConEdison Solutions - which entered the greater Maryland marketplace more than three years ago - has a strong, national record of delivering competitively priced energy supplies and the highest standards in customer service.
We are proud of our service to Maryland-area customers, and we continue to fulfill our contractual obligations in support of local consumers and businesses.
Jorge J. Lopez
White Plains, N.Y.
The writer is president and CEO of ConEdison Solutions.
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