Letters to the Editor

Barry Switzer: SQ 777 eases the way for puppy mills and dirty water

My passion for the gridiron is well known. What a lot of people don’t know about me is my love of animals.

My wife, Becky, and I own several dogs and they are a big part of our life. We have trained working dogs, and we own others that are being trained for search and rescue missions. We’ve also rescued many dogs over the years who were abused or neglected and we do whatever we can to elevate animal welfare, including facilitating adoptions.

News

City is officially opposed to State Question 777

At its most recent meeting on Monday, July 11, the Edmond City Council formally passed a resolution opposing State Question 777 (Oklahoma Right to Farm). Resolution No. 18-16 lays out the reasons for opposition to the proposed question.

Letters to the Editor

Protecting right to change laws

Oklahoma is home to 78,000 farming operations that cover 34.2 million acres, more than three-fourths of the total area. Those farms produce more than $7.1 billion of products each year, more than $5.2 billion of that in livestock and poultry, making Oklahoma the 11th-largest livestock producing state and 23rd-largest ag-producing state.

About the Issue

State Question 777 is a threat to Oklahoma. Family farmers, voting rights, our voices, and even basic protections for animals are at risk. We need to stand up to corporate interests and foreign corporations to ensure Oklahomans have a fair say in what happens on our state's lands. We can't let corporations use "right to farm" as an excuse to harm our lands, weaken our state's traditional agricultural standards, and remove our ability to protect our land, our animals, and our environment.

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