Growth of U.S. food cooperatives shown in free film
How we grow food has changed in the past 50 years. This system, now dominated by large corporations, uses enormous amounts of energy and toxic chemicals.
The selling of food is also controlled by large supermarket chains. This system is designed to produce cheap, often unhealthful, food while reaping maximum profits.
Natural food cooperatives offer a choice to move away from a monopoly-controlled system to one that strengthens communities and protects the environment.
There are over 300 food cooperatives across the country owned by people who want good food, care about how it's grown and the farmers who grow it. It's democracy in action at the local level.
It makes me wonder why it hasn't caught on more, and how, during the last three decades, corporate-owned supermarkets managed to gain control of over 80 percent of U.S. food sales.
To find the answer, Good Foods Board Film Series is premiering Food For Change Tuesday, March 25, 6:30 pm, Central Library Farish Theatre. Attendance is free.
The film tells the story of the U.S. cooperative movement through rare archival footage and commentary by social historians. It examines the important historical role played by co-ops, their pioneering quest for organic foods, and current efforts to create regional food systems enhancing local economies and food security.
Vice president, Good Foods Co-op
Out with WuMo
Your choice of a new comic, WuMo, is anything but comical. The strip in the March 5 paper was nothing except obnoxious and vulgar and certainly should not appear in the comics.
Do not forget that children may look at this page, as well as adults who do not have your same sense of humor.
Then, two days after an airplane with 239 individuals disappeared, the comic was again horrendous. To make fun of a disaster of any kind is inexcusable.
I implore you in the name of decency and respect for others to rid the Herald Leader of this sick so-called comic.
Beshear right to appeal
Concerning Gov. Steve Beshear's appeal of the gay marriage amendment, I am thankful he has finally tried to do something right.
As for Attorney General Jack Conway, he is useless to our state. He has gone against what citizens voted for in 2004.
We, the people, have voted against gay marriage in Kentucky and across the nation, but activist judges are trying to force their agenda on the American people.
Men laying with men is not a marriage; it never was and it never will be.
Let local communities vote
As a Kentuckian who truly loves this commonwealth, count me among the 60 percent of our citizens who want the right to invest in our communities through the local option currently under consideration by the legislature.
This legislation is supported by a numerous Republicans and Democrats -— in fact, every living governor supports it.
If this legislation were already enacted, local governments could go to the people to vote, and if the citizens did not want the local tax option they could turn it down.
It is a proven, effective tool: placing the power where it belongs — in the hands of local citizens.
I call on all Kentuckians — Republicans, Democrats, Independents and elected officials — to get behind this simple concept: Let local citizens vote. Thirty-seven other states have the local tax option, why not Kentucky?
Tax forms scarce
Why are we no longer able to find tax forms? The U.S. government and state of Kentucky do want our dollars but do not have any forms for the general public.
I realize that some might be wasted but that does not seem a justifiable reason not to send some out to libraries or post offices for citizens' use. Not all of us file online or want to.