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We don’t decide which candidate would be best for Texas’ next governor by what we see and hear on television. Maybe it’s a good elimination process.

Listening to Medina, she seems to quote a lot of impressive figures and what we like to hear about eliminating property taxes, but it seems to me it sounds like a repeat of four years ago when Gov. Rick was up for re-election.

To finance the state, she wants to add sales tax, and that sounds like Obama. What concerns us the most is, Medina wants to take agriculture out of Washington. Apparently she doesn’t realize that farmers have been growing almost enough food to feed the world ever since we have been in agriculture (over 60 years). It is a global industry and very competitive.

Agriculture has faced lots of challenges with many more to come such as "Cap and Trade" and the "Clean Water Act" and the average age of a Texas farmer is sixty.

Who will grow America’s food in the future which has a good reputation for being safe? According to Ag. Commissioner Todd Staples, Texas has a $106 billion agriculture industry and the exports help to keep the balance of trade from becoming more negative.

Agriculture provides many jobs for related industries such as equipment, supplies, chemicals, grain facilities, etc in addition to not having to rely on foreign imports like we are doing for oil.

With the drought of 2009, more than half the state had little or no income from cattle and crops and dairy farmers are not breaking even because feed is high and milk is the lowest its been in awhile.

Gov. Perry was elected agriculture commissioner when Texas had no leadership in that office and because the farmers painted campaign signs and hung them on cotton trailers all over Texas. (I still have two)

They formed convoys with their pickup trucks leading into Austin and all the effort paid off.

Now as Governor, the farmers and voters have been betrayed when legislation on Eminent Domain was vetoed after our legislators from both parties finally got it right two years ago and his trying to get more foreign built toll roads in the state.

The legislators spent quite a bit of time in their last session to re-work all of what the voters wanted. We had always tried to help Gov. Perry since we go back to the time when he was in the same ROTC squadron for four years at TAMU with our son, Terry.

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson has been in politics long enough to realize the importance of preserving the land to grow food and to help the economy. She helped to pass the estate tax limits or exemption which kept family owned farms from being split up and sold just to pay the tax. (This will expire soon.)

Being a member of the military committee, Senator Kay asked for and received the many needed supplies that would help keep the troops safe, since the largest military base in the U.S. is in Texas.

Some politicians want Texas to grow in population, but remember during severe drought, there is only so much water available for people and plants. If California would release the water that is being withheld from agriculture, their eco-nomy would be much better.

Please study your choices and vote on March 2.

Sue Turner


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