Voice of the people
Make voice heard about Southern States
Dear readers, my name is John William Smith and I have dairy- and beef-farmed in Lawrence County, Ohio, for the last 40 years. At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 14, there will be a meeting of stockholders and members at Huntington Southern States at 1329 7th Ave. The purpose of this meeting is to consider and vote on dissolving and complete liquidation of Southern States at the close of business on Sept. 30, 2013.
I am one of the shareholders. This is a farmer-owned co-op, which means I own one share valued at $1 that gives me one vote. It takes a two-thirds vote to pass the plan to dissolve.
The co-op was organized in 1942. It has served myself, farmers and the general public with feeds, seeds, fertilizers, hay, straw, livestock items, rodent and pest control, as well as farm tools. If they at Southern States didn't have what you need in stock, they would try their best to get it. Information for the garden or farm products was there for the asking.
You may ask: Why am I writing this letter to you if you don't have a vote?
The answer is this: When the vote was sent to me on July 1, 2013, it was so vague I almost threw it out and I fear some did. I have since found out just showing up is a vote of concern from the community to keep the store open. Your presence will count as support.
Please join me and others at Southern States at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 14, to fill the parking lot and streets to show the leaders that we want this store to remain open. It is my understanding that you will have a chance to voice your opinion.
John William Smith
Breeding of deer for hunting appalling
In regard to your article on Sunday, Aug. 4, entitled "Fawning Farm" (a deer farm in Barboursville):
He's raising these deer virtually as pets and then selling them to hunting reserves. That is one of the most despicable things I have ever heard. He has an "appreciation" for the fawns he's breeding? Knowing they are being born for NO REASON other than to die a cruel and horrendous death at the hands of people who they trust, depend upon and have been taught not to fear? People who are too fat and lazy to actually go into the woods to shoot at something.
And his "rare" piebald twins? I always aspire to bring something rare into the world because it gives people an extra special thrill when they get to kill it. Aren't we seriously overpopulated by deer in the wild that we need to breed more?
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