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Trees Were Wrecking The Fence

It seems Christoph Weder has a problem with trees being taken out along the fence of our local cemetery. (“Stupid to the last tree,” September 8 Grainews, page 33), We had a very good reason as the trees were growing into and under the fence and causing damage to it. If Mr. Weder had any involvement in “his” community, he would have known “why the trees came out” and he would have had some input into the decision. Maybe he could have done some volunteer work for the benefit of the community and taken out just a strip of trees along the fence by hand.

We feel Mr. Weder has no respect for our ancestors or anyone else, as he seems to ridicule anything that is not for his benefit. Does he show any respect by driving his large herds of cattle on the grass right in front of the cemetery fence and gate three or four times a year? He has no idea when there might be a funeral, so the family could have to walk through cowsh** to bury their loved one. Yet he will complain about a few trees!

Diane Bosomworth, president Pat Sydoruk, secretary The Volin Cemetery Committee

Yes, Ontario Is Different

After his visit to Ontario, Shaun Haney says that the key difference is that there is no single desk selling on wheat in the East. (“Ontario is like a different country, September 8 Grainews, page 13) “This is super obvious (duh) and throws boat gas on any anti-wheat board westerner,” he writes. Thus inflamed, and lacking any sort of critical analyses, he makes the revealing comment that apparently the Ontario farmers were able to “convince politicians to enact change much better and faster than their western colleagues.” He believed Harper’s promise that anyone who stood in his way of dismantling the CWB “was going to get walked over.” Last year, he raged in a blog that “the Conservatives should of (sic) pressed the CWB issue as soon as Parliament opened to try and get the legislation through because it was not big enough of an issue to topple the government.” In other words, democracy and the intelligence of western farmers to make their own decisions, do not figure in Mr. Haney’s view.

Before Shaun pours more gas on himself, he should step back and take time to read and comprehend why the West is different, and why farmers fought to have control over marketing their grain. One of the differences, of course, is that Ontario and the West are producing different products, at vastly different scales for very different markets. The West exports the majority of its high quality spring wheat, through the expertise of its own single-desk marketing board, and it competes effectively against the huge American grain companies — such as Archer Daniels Midland — the very corporations who wish to destroy the CWB. No wonder Harper’s predecessor and friend, the disgraced Mulroney, sat on the board of ADM, a company known for its political graft and influence. It’s also why Viterra, owned in part by ADM, supported Harper’s agenda.

Only the CWB now stands between the giant multi-national corporations and full control of the world’s most staple food source. And whoever controls the wheat trade — even more so than its energy — effectively controls Canadian sovereignty.

If Mr. Haney is to have any credence, he would have to provide a thorough and sound rebuttal to the sound economic analyses of the CWB (The Canadian Wheat Board: marketing in the new millennium by Schmitz and Furtan). Until then his inflammatory rhetoric is an insult to the intelligence of western farmers who chose to support their own marketing board.

James K. Finley Luseland, Sask.

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