Commission didn’t give us what we voted for
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those that helped pass the half-cent sales tax to fund the hospital and indigent care in Gadsden County. There were many long, hot days in 2008, but all of you that supported health care in Gadsden County held to your convictions that everyone should have access to health care in Gadsden County.
The county commission has not given the citizens what we voted for but it is all the county can afford at this time. Commissioner Brenda Holt, along with many others, fought hard to get funding for our hospital and indigent care.
When I was tired after days on the bus, Holt would call and say, "Come on Pastor Battles, we have to get health care to the people."
There were people that knocked on doors such as Arrie Battles, Ron Burns, Sam Hawkins, Johnnie Holt, Trudie, Angela, Ashley, Tyeshia and myself. There are many more that helped with handouts, held up signs and put "Reopen Our Hospital" signs in their yards that never received praise or credit, but I want to thank you at this time.
We’re in this together
Florida’s farmers and ranchers, like most Americans, have been struggling to make ends meet during these troubling economic times. How well they fare in this effort takes on added importance because their fellow citizens can ill afford to add skyrocketing food costs to their list of challenges.
Because of this, EPA’s proposed regulation of greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act could not have been more poorly timed. These regulations come with overwhelming economic costs, not just affecting the agriculture industry, but also small and large businesses throughout the state.
To comply with the EPA’s new rules, businesses will be forced to make expensive renovations to existing structures or purchase new buildings and equipment. Additionally, these regulations will lead to lengthy, time-consuming permitting processes that have the potential to grind business to a halt. And unless other nations agree to adhere to the same standards, American businesses will face a competitive disadvantage in the world marketplace.
As Florida’s largest agriculture organization, representing nearly 140,000 members, we are committed to fighting these harmful regulations. Recently, delegates from the American Farm Bureau Federation adopted a resolution urging Congress to pass legislation that would stop the EPA from setting regulations on greenhouse gases. Additionally, the Florida Farm Bureau supports current Congressional actions addressing this situation, including the bipartisan Resolutions of Disapproval by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Rep. Ike Skelton (D-MO).
Preventing the EPA from overstepping its bounds and enforcing policies that have the potential to negatively impact the farming and agriculture industries is a top priority for the Florida Farm Bureau. Ultimately, the cost to cultivate, harvest and process crops impacts every one of us when we check out at the grocery store. We encourage all Floridians to contact their senators and representatives in Washington about this important issue.
John Hoblick, president
Florida Farm Bureau Federation