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By: | Jun 29, 2011 10:43 AM | Permalink
June is winding down and I've enjoyed watching our little backyard garden grow. A small failure, a new learning curve, other successes. More warm weather heading this way to encourage the plantings. But that's not my point...

I sit here this early morning feeling hopeful the conversations via comments (my own, included) were not so overwhelming as to have Erin feel discouraged. Let us all keep doing what we are doing, and continue talking about it through the exchange of thoughts. (Yes, perfectly imperfect grammar...but my zucchini and pickling cucumber plants will forgive me!)

With a smile and appreciative nod,

Deb

By: | Jun 26, 2011 10:47 AM | Permalink
After reading the previous post...were I to feed a person seen as a bum, that would be a greater gift to me than to him or her. No more, no less. Wherever it arrives, I stay grateful for having enough extra to share. I'm accountable only to my heart.

When the term "lazy bum" gets tossed out, I laugh just a bit for our accelerated and spoiled culture. Numbers of well-fed young people with smart phones, credit cards, shopping mall habits and easily discarded clothing who are well fed and would not know at all how to plant an herb, clean their bedroom or contribute to their household.

By: Mike Housman | Jun 13, 2011 04:04 PM | Permalink
It has been a combination of self restraint and just a lack of time that has kept me from responding to the two articles related to food subsidies and such.

I probably will not be able to change your mind on this Erin, but government is THE fundamental problem in our food system. We need to get the government OUT of the regulating our food supply and allow local farmer / customer relationships to rule the day.

In addition, there is no "right to food" for anybody. Sorry, but if you don't work you don't eat. That said, we as INDIVIDUALS do have a moral duty to help those in need. The government is the most ineffective agent in helping people in need because they have no legal ability to decide who is truly in need because of circumstances beyond their control, and who is just a lazy bum.

I have no problem with LocalHarvest doing political work, but it needs to stay within the scope of reducing regulation on local/small producers, and should not wander off into social welfare issues where there is going to be disgreement among the members. We can agree on LOCAL but finding agreement on these other issues is not likely to happen and is only going turn off people of other political pursuasions.

By: Janie Becker | Jun 3, 2011 10:33 AM | Permalink
Thank you for all you do to support Local Harvest, local foods, and farms across the country. Sometimes we feel compelled to speak out regarding controversial issues about which we are passionate; this takes courage. Saying what you (or an organization) feels is right does not mean that you (or they) are trying to step into the political arena. Rather, it means that you (they) want to be heard amidst all of the other similar and differing viewpoints. To sit on one's hands, watching the world go by does none of us any favors.

By: | Jun 2, 2011 09:51 AM | Permalink
My wish would be to gift you a thought-filled, intelligent response. Instead, I sit here contemplating your generous reply to my questions. Your gift to me and perhaps other readers.

Appreciatively, Deb

By: Dacha Farms | Jun 1, 2011 05:51 PM | Permalink
Deb, In response to your ?s, there are really two points here:

First is my perception of localharvest and its role. I don't want to be associated with localharvest if it is going to be involved in national political debates--even on ag issues. Such involvement will lead to my immediate disassociation. My reputation is too important and my time too valuable given my own cost/benefit analysis.

That is not to say that localharvest should or should not get involved in those debates, only that I don't want to be associated with those who do. Localharvest should do what it wants, just like I will. I just want localharvest to know that my routine referrals to localharvest will cease immediately if I perceive that localharvest's goals are more political than local.

Second is the debate about how national politics affects local ag. The current link is undeniable. In fact, I believe that local ag is TOO linked to national politics, which makes local ag more difficult, more vulnerable, and more sensitive to the whims of folks who themselves have no substantive ag interest beyond politics, to include knowing or caring where their next meal came from. Good ag/food organizations will understand how to sever or minimize that political link and grow local ag independent of national politics. This is not a call for revolution. To the contrary, we should instead identify our minimum requirements to the federal government (e.g., paying taxes), then improve and augment local ag in every other capacity. In other words, every hint, suggestion, idea, tip, network, contact, piece of information, etc., that localharvest can provide that better enables farmers to produce, market, distribute, and sell food that local consumers need will have tremendous impacts on both a local and national scale. Focusing on the national political debate--while undeniably and currently linked to local ag--extends the dependence/reliance of local ag on national politics.

In other words, I believe--and will associate with--organizations that see the links between local ag and the government (and in turn, politics) as the problem, not the solution. Futher, I will advocate on behalf of organizations who search for solutions to local ag outside of the government but also within its legal limits.

Localharvest may not be one of those organizations, but my assessment in the past is that it has been very capable of practicing those types of functions, which is endearing to me. Additionally, I may have misperceived localharvest's preferred role: perhaps localharvest aspires to be a lobby group, PAC, or other political player. I don't. Any effort to make politics a critical pillar of localharvest's organizational agenda or culture will result in my immediate disassociation with localharvest. I will continue to look for those organizations who search for solutions/ideas for local ag, and I hope localharvest can continue to be a part of my way ahead. Thanks.

By: | Jun 1, 2011 11:31 AM | Permalink
In response to Dacha Farms: let me struggle here, please, to understand how the greater political (thinking legislation) scheme of things does not, has not or may not affect small and large farming/producer practices toward quality food resources.

I ask that neither as a point of argument, nor to come across as misinformed or obtuse.

Appreciating the conversation,

Deb

By: Lynette Hughes | Jun 1, 2011 10:55 AM | Permalink
The cost of all the necessities of life is predetermined by forces beyond the consumers or producers. Everything, literally everything affects the cost of everything else. We can harp on these forces. We can ignore these forces. But in truth we must show our actions - practice what we preach.

It takes years to change culture. The people themselves have allowed the world to be where it is. The people themselves will have to show the world we want better.

By: Kerri Santoro | May 31, 2011 04:57 PM | Permalink
Well Said Erin, And it is your first Amendment right to express your beliefs. There is a very clear trend running ramped in our government and it is ALL about their control. They have taken our water, homes, economy, health care, and lastly they want our food! And they base all their decisions based on who has the deepest pockets. It is our Human right to drink, eat and live where ever and how ever we want. Big Govt. seems to think we are too ignorant to take care of ourselves. But as usual it is all smoke and mirrors, propaganda and lies! However, they will never be in total control, GOD is. God has given us our rights to live, thrive, and flourish dont any of you buy into the govts self made issues. We as people has the answers, the know how, the heart and the faith to take care of all of us. THere is plenty of data out there supporting the evidence that enough REAL food can be produced to feed everyone. We dont need GMOs etc. God made nature perfect for our survival. Kerri

By: Dacha Farms | May 31, 2011 06:55 AM | Permalink
If you can't understand how to manage your organizational goals, resources, and agenda without dabbling in national political debates, then I will quickly withdraw my farm's advocacy for your organization--regardless of whether you choose a political party or platform. Don't misunderstand: across the U.S. and the world, new technologies and accesses make political participation easier and more rewarding. It's a wonderful thing if you want to be involved in the sausage-making that is politics. I will go further to say it's a blessing that we all can participate freely and without physical fear of retribution. Nevertheless, politics remains a vile business, full of various operatives, shenanigans, sound bytes, and bumper stickers that can quickly consume entire communities into national issues that do not translate--despite what the pundits say--into relevant local impacts. Any local policy in any field that will succeed will be one that is as independent as possible from the national political mire. If not, we all will be hostages to the political ambitions and timelines of national figures, none of whom will ever be in my orchard or in my kitchen.

My assessment is that your organization's strengths include mobilizing people to quantifiable and relevant action at the grass-roots economic level--forming local networks and managing unadulterated local information about local food. The best stuff I have seen from your team is that it works no matters who is in control of Congress, who is in the White House, and who gets nominated to the Supreme Court. The aggregations of these actions on a regional or national scale might have political consequences and may or may not support national political agendas. Nevertheless, those consequences are most pure and most relevant when they are unintentional.

If I sense that your organization cannot understand how to move forward independent of national politics, then I have but one of two possible conclusions: First, you are really a political organization masquerading as a food-based citizen group trying to improve local agriculture and food, which will completely undermine my faith and confidence in any idea, endorsement, or objective for which you ostensibly advocate...or Second, your organization has become confused if not seduced by national politics and therefore lacks the organizational maturity to advance local apolitical objectives. In either case, I should withdraw my advocacy: In the first, you would be no longer trustworthy; in the second, your organization needs to mature significantly in order to more efficiently manage resources and strategies before I will entrust it with my own limited time and resources, notwithstanding my local reputation. Please consider that if you don't get back on topic--relevant local apolitical topics--immediately, I will cease any interest in what you do and halt all referrals to your organization, its website, or its agenda.

By: | May 31, 2011 02:32 AM | Permalink
Genetically altered foods is a way of life, not necessarily 'bad'. We've been unconsciously genetically altering foods for centuries now, unwittingly preferring the thickest and most colorful fruits and vegetables to the smaller and duller. Just because we do it under conscious directions now does not necessarily mean that it is 'terrible' or 'unhealthy'.

Please note that genetically altered means the same as evolution- natural selection. The ones that survive to have their seeds planted are the ones whose genes are passed on.

By: | May 30, 2011 11:33 PM | Permalink

By: | May 28, 2011 01:08 AM | Permalink
I do agree with your statement concerning taking a stand against an over-indulgent government. When our basic rights to healthy foods is infringed upon, we MUST speak up. What we eat is what we are!! If not only for us but for the next generation to come.Our government is taking over ever aspect of our lives, some good, some bad and we have an obligation to speak up when it crosses the line. . Thanks for standing up for the little guy!!!

By: michael smith | May 27, 2011 10:33 PM | Permalink
I am very sorry to see you have chosen to turn this publication into a pro obama publication after the warnings you recieved last month. I support your right to belive obama is not only helping the rich and fooling people into beliving he is helping the poor. If you want to belive the money he gave to the rich elite wall street executives so they could have thier bonuses helped the poor, or saved the economy, that is your right. The problem is, you are using THIS publication to force your views onto others. If you had a newsletter entitled " obama is a god" and you wrote about food in this newsletter and how great food stamps are in the obama newsleter, I would not complain. " ...and those with plenty have a moral obligation to look out for those who do not." Is politics. You can call it a mission statement if you like, but it is still obama's shared sacrifice. Which is, tax the middle class, give to the rich. Did the local farmers get a bail out? Did those on food stamps get a bail out? Did the middleclass get a bail out? Only the rich got bailouts. What has obama forced the rich to sacrifice? I will never read your newsletters or buy from anyone advertising here again. Not because you disagree with my politics, but because you hide your political opinions in this newsleter. go start a foodstamps newsletter. I will gladly read your opinions. I will not read your political opinions here disguised as a discussion about food.

By: cheryl David | May 27, 2011 06:38 PM | Permalink

By: Rahimah Carpenter | May 27, 2011 05:19 PM | Permalink
Hi Erin, You wrote: "Steering clear of particular political parties or heads of state is relatively easy, but avoiding politics all together is impossible".

This impossibility precludes alternative possibilities in your horizon. In olden times people took care of their village without the exchange of money. They did it a trillion times better than we do today, and they did it without politics and without debt. Ignoring politics is the real answer because that is when heads roll and persons of state fall, and indeed states fall, just look at history. By giving someone of any party (notice the word "party" and the fact that all they do is "party") the right to represent you allows them to make decisions that are not in your interest or require approval. When I see "line item" voting, then I know there is something to say.

Keep the possibilities open and expand the horizon.

By: Jon Kittrell | May 27, 2011 03:26 PM | Permalink
Your position truly reflects the 'family values' so often promoted and under-practiced by many well-meaning citizens. Those of ill-will eventually spin the web of their own destruction, so we need only focus on those practical forces for the common good such as LocalHarvest. Exercising any energy on the "dark" side is counter-productive. Harvest the grain and let the chaff compost.

By: Sarah Bartlett | May 27, 2011 02:07 PM | Permalink
Thanks for mentioning farm workers' rights in your list of things you support-- so often overlooked when people discuss food systems.

By: | May 27, 2011 12:36 PM | Permalink
Dear Erin,

Of course everyone deserves the right to eat, especially the children. So many of our politicians claim to be so "Christian", but what does that really mean? Didn't Christ say that whatever is done unto the least of us is done unto Him? Those of us who have more have a duty to help those who have less, in any manner possible.

By: Cynthia Klein | May 27, 2011 11:05 AM | Permalink
Dear Erin,

Life is political. Every aspect of life, especially these days, seems to have a connection to politics. I have never been someone who pays a great deal of attention to politicians, and such things...except in the past few years. It seems that the older I get, the more I seem unable to keep my mouth shut on topics relating to the environments, farming, food, and basic rights to make our own choices about what we eat and what we do to promote our own health.

So, I think that Local Harvest, by it's very nature of supporting those important aspects of life, is political and has the right and the duty to speak out on related topics. You do a wonderful job. Keep recognizing the various points of view, but jump right in where the subject is of extreme importance..like GMOS...! At least you may inform someone new, and at worst, a little blood pressure gets temporarily raised!

By: Laura Dobson | May 27, 2011 02:49 AM | Permalink
Dear Erin, I love this heartfelt monthly e-mail. They are always timely and interesting and seem to be exactly what I was thinking, but haven't been able to put into just the right words. I would love to be able to share this with the members of our CSA on Facebook. Is there some way I can put a link on our Facebook page to these letters? Thanks, Laura

By: Diane and Chuck Webb | May 27, 2011 02:12 AM | Permalink
I believe that locally grown produce is totally political. We do not have lobbyist to stand up for us and we need as much publicity as possible to keep the momentum going! I appreciate your words and feel strongly that you should continue posting articles just as you do. The day will come when there are so many restrictions that small farmers like us will not be able to survive.

I appreciate being part of Local Harvest. Keep up the good work!

By: Suzanne Shriner | May 26, 2011 10:39 PM | Permalink
Heck ya! Keep advocating for fresh local food. Whether my family farm leans left or right (actually, it depends on which member you ask), we still want to have the freedom to sell quality products direct to our customers. And we want to do it with minimal interference from Large Corporations and Large Government equally.

Small farmers are true rebels in this this corporatized world. I thank LocalHarvest and its customers for joining the rebellion.

By: Hilary Boslet | May 26, 2011 03:51 PM | Permalink
Keep up the good work and try not to focus on the negative few. Unfortunately food production IS political at this point. We must do all we can to operate outside the "system" and I believe sustainable agriculture is a perfect way to do this! Thanks for all you do!

By: Lizy | May 26, 2011 03:25 PM | Permalink
Thank you for your honest, authentic opinions, although we all disagree at times I appreciate the real people who make up the organization. I am whole heartedly grateful for the values that you uphold. I believe we all make a difference, and your impact is immense. I am thankful that I am a part of the Local Harvest!

By: Sheri Augustson | May 26, 2011 03:23 PM | Permalink
I completely agree with the manifesto. We as a people should have complete control of what we put in our bodies. The government should have no say. GMOs are an extremely bad idea. We don't even know the full dangers yet. Anything synthetic is no good for an organic life form. Keep up the great work!

By: Bob and Sarah Fenton | May 26, 2011 02:14 PM | Permalink
Erin, It saddened us to hear that you took some heat for last months newsletter. Your tag line is "real food. real farmers. real community." In order to be a "real community", we need to be capable of listening to one another and respecting the diversity of our opinions. Voicing our opinions is still our inalienable right and if we give up that voice, we are doomed as a society. Our government has made food a political issue and so for you to discuss this, for you to share your perspective, is not at all unreasonable to rational people. Last time we checked, you were the person who runs this website- so in our opinion, you get to say whatever you want! When we opened up our farm to the public last fall, we assumed that everyone involved would share in our world views. What we quickly learned is that our gardeners were a totally diverse group of individuals whose political and spiritual views often differed from ours. When we realized that we had a "mini-America" happening here- we chose to embrace that. The common thread that binds us is local, organic food and we have learned much about ourselves, about our human family by accepting our differences. Local Harvest does an amazing job. Please keep sharing with us and throw any hesitations in the compost pile. Thank you for being such a tremendous advocate for all of us.

By: | May 26, 2011 01:48 PM | Permalink
Thanks so much for this article Suzanne!

I admire LH and its community for keeping up the discourse on local food and the many facets of life it operates in. Thanks to all those who have devoted a bit of their time to healthy discussion and work towards health and positivity.

By: Suzanne Core | May 26, 2011 12:51 PM | Permalink
Foreign Policy magazine has an excellent article on the "Geopolitics of Food" -- it is relevant to your position on food and should be of interest to all 25,000 Local Harvest members. It's frightening. And important. Here is the link to it:

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/04/25/the_new_geopolitics_of_food

(Who do you trust more? The farmer at the local market or ConAgra and Monsanto?)

I appreciate and agree with your "manifesto," which can also be summed up in two words: "Local Harvest." As well as in one of my "manifestos": Think Global, Act Local!

I am so grateful for the heirloom seeds I found via LH.

By: Michelle Selby | May 26, 2011 12:29 PM | Permalink
I grow my food so I don't shop at my local farmers market, but I am concerned that the "local" farmers market, is not "local" at all. I sold produce wholesale to some of the vendors there last year and was appalled that they were buying 95% of their products from the Dallas Market, hauling it up here and selling it as local, pretending to be all natural and organic. (Even going so far as to peel the little stickers off the fruit!) I am talking about the Gainesville, Texas "Local Farmers Market". I am no longer doing business with them and have started my own CSA.

Just because it's sold locally, doesn't mean it was grown there. These vendors are just making money at our expense. So sad!

Join a CSA so you can go pick up your fruit and veggies from the farm !

Michelle Selby Little Red Hen Farm

By: Marie prudhomme | May 26, 2011 11:29 AM | Permalink
when I read about "people who need food" not willing to expend any energy to do as little as have a potted tomatoe, I loose some sympathy for them. Is this a political issue?

By: | May 26, 2011 09:43 AM | Permalink
Hi Deb, I too accomplish eating and growing with different degrees of success. We just brought in our rice crop and now my belly is growing.:0) I love public discourse, If that is all this is (the local harvest website) so much the better. Personally, I think that the best I can do (and some may call it hiding my head in the sand) is buy a farm -or as at Alice's Restaurant a church- settle down and do the best that I can while still helping others, while the other shoe drops (politically and globally). I support all of the things Erin listed in her manifest as (I presume) do most others. However, I am concerned that until major reforms are implemented we the public as well as the farmers may just be kicking a dead horse and I have more important things to do than jump on somebody's band wagon. Schooling and raising my beautiful daughter for one :0) and I think that I might just be on the right track. I hope my actions speak louder than my silly words.

By: | May 26, 2011 08:37 AM | Permalink
I wonder, Randy, at the ways we each read these newsletters. For me it was not intended as a statement of political acumen but a thought toward how our food is grown and distributed. Toward eating well and contemplating how best we accomplish that, together.

Whether or not Erin is aligned with Sarah Palin is not my business. It's simply my choice to work toward growing, eating and sharing well. Some days I do better at one than at the others. And appreciate she allows my voice, yours, publishes thoughts for us to contemplate.

Am I rambling?

Deb

By: | May 26, 2011 08:16 AM | Permalink
Erin, Erin, now you have done it. You opened the lid on the worm composting box. As I have never seen a window (click here) called manifesto on the tabs at the local harvest web page I assume this manifesto is evolving right along with the political agenda that youâ??re proposing. However your manifesto is as benign as a top 10 country song specifically targeted to the masses in order to sell more songs. No wonder you have all of these votes of confidence from a whole horde of well-wishers who have no more political acumen or foresight than tomatoes. What are you proposing? Organically grown food for all of our troops overseas? Do you even support our troops overseas? Do you support the war(s)? Do we supply our U.S. hospitals with organically grown food in support of those who have sacrificed (I personally support that idea). And speaking of medicalâ?¦ how the hell do we fix that mess? A â??green tea-partyâ??? God help me. Does this mean I have to align myself with Sara Palin? Are you aligned with Sara Palin? I see a bandwagon with a bunch of local yokels stuck in the mud waving the Old Glory; Just an easy target for another fanatical Jihadist with a bomb. If you want to be political you be political, but you donâ??t speak for me; not yet anyway. Thanks for listening. Randy

By: | May 26, 2011 08:04 AM | Permalink
I'm slow to be catching up with newsletters, scanning some of the comments from last months' good offering and now for this most recent addition. Regardless my slow pace, thank you all for sharing your thoughts, for being interested in whole and honest food.

Gracious thanks to Erin for her thoughts, for encouraging dialogue and allowing us to speak at her table.

Appreciatively, Deb

By: Lynnette Bugenske | May 26, 2011 05:54 AM | Permalink
Erin, I couldn't agree more! At the end of your message you listed what you referred to as your "manifesto" - sounds like common sense to me! I grew up with good food, farm fresh food; so did my wife; so have our sons. Your message also served as a reminder we have passed these good eating habits onto our sons. When we started selling at Farmer's Markets, we were introduced to LocalHarvest & reintroduced to the food sources of our respective childhoods. Though not your typical LocalHarvest business, we felt an affinity to your membership & joined. After reading a couple newsletters we made the decision to become a sponsor. Your latest message only reinforces what a good decision that was. TimB BetterFinds LLC

By: Andrew Adams | May 26, 2011 03:36 AM | Permalink
Right on Erin! I totally support your philosophy in your most recent e-newsletter! We MUST do something about our food system and speak up about the things we believe in! Laying low, staying safe from the radar is not going to get us anywhere. The 'system' needs more than passive resistance, in my opinion. It needs active resistance too otherwise we'll simply be bulldozed by big money, big power... It's great that many of us are choosing to speak with our dollars about the types of foods we care about, but it's important that we take even bigger steps at time so that our voices and actions are heard.

Thanks for doing what you do!

By: | May 26, 2011 01:00 AM | Permalink
Thank you for your thoughtful letter. I also support the discussion of politics in the context of how our food is grown and delivered.

I don't always agree with Local Harvest--I am a vegetarian and I often cringe at the meat issues--but I am thankful we are having these discussions and support the manifesto.

Thank you and keep up the good work.

By: Victoria Linden | May 26, 2011 12:49 AM | Permalink
Barry -- did you just make up the GREEN TEA PARTY just now??

That is such a great idea.

By: Victoria Linden | May 26, 2011 12:44 AM | Permalink
Just writing to fully support LocalHarvest discussing politics -- and the more populist and radical the better.

The people who write saying you should "stay out of politics" are little better than "good Germans" at this dark point in American history.

Every voice needs to be raised loudly in support of basic human values and against the corporatist take-over of . . . well, everything.

This -- local harvest -- is an amazing service, made even better by your consciously articulated thoughts on our shared troubles and their solutions.

By: Freddy Maldonado | May 26, 2011 12:43 AM | Permalink
I think Local Harvest would benefit much and have more of an impact if they team up with Jamie Olivers's food revolution! Here is a link just in case! http://wishes.causes.com/wishes/293413

By: catherine post | May 25, 2011 11:31 PM | Permalink
What is more important than the food that is put into your body? I agree everyone should be able to eat healthy, local, nutritious food. Politics should be put aside!! It is strictly a humanitarian thing I have never commented here, but this site have helped me to find the resources in my area to eat local and healthy. I am grateful to you, Erin for the local farm that I now get my CSA. I am also grateful to you for my great heritage turkey that was our guest of honor at our table last year. I came here again because of your e-mail and decided to let you know that your work is appreciated. Ignore any negative comments and just keep on doing what you are doing. I could not agree more. You are changing this country for the better, no matter what anybody says. Have the Democrats or Republicans done any of us much good lately?

By: | May 25, 2011 10:47 PM | Permalink
I'm a fan, Erin. Thanks for sticking with what's right--creating a home for dialogue as well as food.

I am also going to join the Green Tea Party when ever it gets going!

By: | May 25, 2011 10:41 PM | Permalink
I have been recently diagnosed with breast cancer, and now they have discovered that I have a very rare disease called actomegaly which is disorder of the pituitary gland. There is a tumor in the gland which enlarges it. This gland controls all of the body's functions and hormones. My gland is producing too much IGF 1 hormone growth factor which the specialist feels started my breast cancer.

I have read in many articles that the growth hormones that are given to the conventional raised animals that we eat and the products that we create from their bodies can cause such endocrinological problems. Also, there are many pesticides that are used in conventional agriculture that are known to be hormonal inhibitors, endocrinological carcinogens and the such...

It is time that we take to heart the words of warning that Rachel Carson spoke about in her book Silent Spring before we all die from cancer and are unable to advocate for a healthier world with safe, nutritious locally grown food for us and our future generations.

What will my children have to face in the future if I do not stand up for all humans and animals now? And if we don't do it now, when will I do it? Hopefully before it is too late!

By: LK | May 25, 2011 09:07 PM | Permalink
ABSOLUTELY! You have my 100% support. Thank you Erin for stating this issue with thoughtfulness & passion.

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By: | May 25, 2011 08:25 PM | Permalink
Erin, The goals you so passionately ennumerate in the manifesto are admirable and, in a perfect world, non-partisan. The fact that they have become highly politicized and partisan is a sad fact. It is indeed unfortunate that these goals are disproportionately embraced soley by blue voters.

By: phyllis burns | May 25, 2011 08:07 PM | Permalink

By: Barry Duggan | May 25, 2011 07:52 PM | Permalink
I am Irish like Erin, and Jewish from the family Ebert who built the first farmhouse in North America. They were among the founding fathers of Quebec. Anyone who believes in what they are doing and what and who support is not a quiet person. Quiet people get what they deserve, or rather what they don't ask for. Our national politicals are self-centered egomaniacs, most of them who do not care about anything except getting re-elected. Our local politicals are more likely to give a hoot, not pollute, and support those who will eventually feed and clothe their loved ones. It really is time to start wavimg OUR flag. So what do we call it-- The GREEN TEA Party?? Remember Alice's Restaurant-- if one person does it, they'll ignore him and say he's crazy,,, if two do it, they will be referenced as homos, and condemned, but if THREE, THREE, COUNT 'EM ,,, THREE, do it, they say it's a movement-- and YES SIR, folks. it is a movement-- The Green Tea Party... UP an' AT 'EM !!!

By: Dolores Brauer | May 25, 2011 07:49 PM | Permalink
YAY!!! Stand tall and stand long! I echo your opinions!

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