PD POLL, final results: Should the sale of raw milk be legalized? [August 11]

first_imgIn the next few pages we will share some of the information we have gleaned from the data and results of our most recent poll. The most recent poll asked whether or not (raw) milk should be legalized for retail in all 50 states.advertisementadvertisementVotes by dateThe graph to the right chronicles voting over the life of the poll, which began in May and ended in July. A signficant spike in votes corresponded with the awareness campaign promoted by the Weston A. Price Foundation. (Click here for the full story.) Yes: Most definitely! People are allowed to buy liquor, cigarettes and many other harmful things to the body if they choose. Why can’t we buy something that God has given us if we choose?Tara McNaughton McNaughton Family FarmDuncannon, PennsylvaniaYes: If we produce a high-quality product, why should we not be allowed to charge more for our product when we have willing buyers? What right does IDFA and Connie Tipton have to condemn it?Kenneth S. Horst Phelps, New YorkYes: Let’s stop the black market by making it legal. We have the technology to create a safe raw product. Why endorse a 1940s technology? How many farmers milk by hand?advertisementI sell my grass-fed beef, chicken and pork and raw milk cheese (aged 60 days and over) at farmers’ markets. I get asked almost every day if I sell raw milk. No, it is illegal in Maryland. Invariably, they (the consumer) say pasteurized milk creates an allergic reaction. The Maryland consumer goes into Pennsylvania where it is legal, which takes money out of Maryland dairy farmers’ pockets.Wake up dairy industry. It’s not the container but the product that makes or breaks the sale.Jacob E Horst Marl Rock DairyHagerstown, MarylandYes: Why has Dairy Farmers of America been so against this? More people get sick from eating at fast food restaurants than drinking raw milk. There is no bad raw milk, only bad producers.Mike Moyers Sandy Creek FarmBridgeport, TexasYes: I was raised on raw milk and still drink it. I believe it’s good for the immune system. No one is forced into drinking raw milk, so I really don’t see the problem. Maybe government should be checking out other things. Legalize – yes!!Jo Akerberg Camp Douglas, WisconsinYes: I have read with interest the pieces dealing with selling or not selling raw milk. I think a point that is being missed is that pasteurization is an out-of-date process. I think that we have technology and smart people who can come up with a better process, one that a farmer could afford to do on the farm, one that does not destroy the properties that make milk a superfood, and one that does away with deadly pathogens. We can do this!advertisementWe have had lunch with our kids at school, and it’s no wonder milk consumption is going down. They served skim milk, lukewarm and in clunky paper cartons. It was awful.Greg Kropf Westphalia, KansasYes: If raw milk was so toxic, we would be extinct. For hundreds of years humans flourished on raw milk.Tami C. StrykJersey FarmYes: The raw milk in Texas is purer than ever due to vaccinations of cattle (to prevent undulant fever) and testing of milk. Refrigeration preserves it even better than before.Paula McNatt Stryk Jersey FarmYes: Surely our Founding Fathers would be dismayed to see a time in the United States of America when the small farmer cannot sell his product at a fair price because of government intervention. Maybe it’s time to do a poll with consumers and see what concerns them more, unpasteurized milk, bST or genetically modified foods.David and MaryBeth Horst Penn Yan, New YorkYes: Let’s be honest. This issue has very little to do with public safety and has everything to do with control. Of course NMPF doesn’t want farmers to sell milk out of their tanks. If this catches on, they’re in trouble. For each pound of milk that never goes through their hands, it is one step closer to losing control.I vote … Let me sell my raw milk to whoever wants to buy it. There are bigger problems in this country than focusing on this. Chances are, this will likely not change! The last time I checked, there’s not much money in solving problems.Mike Eby Dairy FarmerHagerstown, MarylandYes: Give the consumer the choice. We sell cigarettes and alcohol. Those have far worse consequences than raw milk.Mervin Fox Martinsburg, PennsylvaniaYes: I have been drinking raw milk for 57 years and so have our 28 families. We love it. FDA prescription drugs have sickened more people and killed more people than raw milk ever will. If you want to enforce a law, go to 400,000 somatic cell count.Mike Gross Gross DairyMarlin, WashingtonYes: We and our great-grandparents before us, grandparents, parents and children all drink our raw milk (have for years). We know people who drink and benefit from our raw milk but can’t tolerate store-bought milk (pasteurized). They also like the taste much better!Luke and Desiree HeinemannJanet HeinemannPaula (Grant) Heinemann Holstein Valley DairyMedical Lake, Washingtonlast_img read more

Cleveland benches Manziel ahead of Monday’s game with Ravens

first_imgThe Ravens won’t be the only team with a different starting quarterback for Monday’s game in Cleveland.After videos and photos surfaced of Johnny Manziel partying over his bye week, the Browns announced Tuesday that veteran Josh McCown would start against the Ravens in a prime-time game featuring two of the worst teams in the AFC. A 2014 first-round pick and 2012 Heisman Trophy winner, Manziel had recently been filling in for an injured McCown, who began the season as the Cleveland starter.Browns head coach Mike Pettine had only announced last week that the 22-year-old would start the final six games in an effort to evaluate whether he could be the starting quarterback moving forward, but Manziel now becomes the team’s No. 3 quarterback behind McCown and Austin Davis.The Ravens would have likely preferred to face the inexperienced Manziel on Monday night after McCown threw for a whopping 457 yards and two touchdowns in Baltimore in Week 5. The Browns won 33-30 in overtime to win their first game at M&T Bank Stadium since 2007.Of course, the Ravens now have quarterback problems of their own after losing eighth-year starter and Super Bowl XLVII MVP Joe Flacco to a season-ending knee injury in Sunday’s win over St. Louis. Veteran Matt Schaub will make his first start since the 2013 season on Monday night after serving as Flacco’s backup for the first 10 games of 2015.On Tuesday, Baltimore claimed former Chicago quarterback Jimmy Clausen off waivers to back up Schaub.last_img read more

Man Utd suffer Wayne Rooney blow, Alex Ferguson admits

first_imgManchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that Wayne Rooney could be out for longer than the three weeks initially expected.The 25-year-old striker is currently on holiday as he recovers from the ankle injury he picked up in training.Rooney recently signed a new five-year deal to stay at Old Trafford days after he said he wanted to leave the club.Asked if three weeks was still the prognosis for his return, Ferguson said: “I think it may be longer.”Ferguson added: “There is no recovery, it is just rest.“Before he went away we did his remedial in terms of what we could do at the time. Thereafter, rest – we’re quite happy with that.” Rooney, who has been recuperating while on holiday in Dubai with his wife Coleen, has missed United’s last three matches, his last appearance being as a late substitute in the 2-2 draw with West Brom on 16 October.The England striker has struggled for form this season and has scored only one Premier League goal, a penalty in the 3-0 win over West Ham in August.Rooney had been targeting a return to action for the derby clash with Manchester City at Eastlands on 10 November.That fixture would have pitted Rooney against a side that was widely tipped to bid for his signature after the former Everton player stated his desire to leave.However Rooney completed a remarkable U-turn two days later by committing himself to staying with the Red Devils, signing an improved contract that could keep him at Old Trafford for the next five years. Source: BBClast_img read more

DeYoung continues Great Lakes Nationals domination

first_imgCRYSTAL, Mich. (Sept. 14) – Front running drivers usually don’t like to see caution flags come out late in the race, especially when there’s big money on the line. That wasn’t the case Saturday at Crystal Motor Speedway, where Myron DeYoung drove to his third straight and fourth career Great Lakes Nationals title. The $3,000 IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified victory put him on the ballot for next year’s Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.DeYoung started third in the 50 lapper and caught Brady Hollenbeck for the lead on the 12th circuit.He was still in front and looking for a way through the back of the pack when that fortuitous yellow flew with 10 to go.“When that caution came out it was a big sigh of relief for me,” DeYoung said. “The cars ahead were running two and three-wide and I was looking for a way through.” Sticking to his preferred higher line, DeYoung sped to the checkers ahead of A.J. Ward, Robert Hutson, Toby Steele and Paul Grosnickle. “I like races like this with more laps than our weekly shows,” DeYoung said following his ninth win of the season and IMCA career 92nd checkers. “It’s nice to have a lot of laps to get to the front if you need them.” Feature results – 1. Myron DeYoung; 2. A.J. Ward; 3. Robert Hutson; 4. Toby Steele; 5. Paul Grosnickle; 6. Joe Fowler; 7. Chad Wernette; 8. Rusty Zeigler; 9. Josh Borton; 10. Kenny Playter; 11. Ken Zeigler; 12. Garrett Wiles; 13. John DeYoung Jr.; 14. Jerry Hunt; 15. Clifford Denman; 16. Brady Hollenbeck; 17. Chad Maurer; 18. Greg Wiles; 19. Matt Szecsodi; 20. Tim Lytle; 21. Brennen Hunt; 22. Brody Bowser; 23. Jimmy Hale Jr.; 24. Taylor Wiles.Heat winners were Ken Zeigler, Garrett Wiles, Hutson and John DeYoung Jr. “B” feature winners were Taylor Wiles and Maurer.last_img read more

Luxury sales profits drive automakers

first_imgDETROIT – Despite consumers’ growing affection for smaller and more fuel-efficient cars, luxury vehicles are holding their own in the U.S. market, and automakers hope to maintain that momentum with new models that will be introduced this week at the New York Auto Show. Mercedes-Benz plans to simulate an electrical storm with lightning bolts to debut the redesigned E-Class sedan. Lexus will show a hybrid sports car, while Audi AG will introduce the redesigned 2008 TT coupe and Infiniti will debut the 2007 G35 sedan. BMW AG’s Z4 coupe will make its U.S. debut, and Acura will show a production-ready version of its RDX crossover vehicle. The New York show opens to the public Friday. Automakers are responding by emphasizing that luxury vehicles can be fuel efficient and clean as well as powerful. Saab will have an ethanol-powered concept coupe called the Aero X at the New York show. The Aero X has a 400-horsepower V-6 engine but emits less greenhouse gas and cuts dependence on foreign oil, Saab says. Lexus says its 2007 GS 450h is the world’s first rear-wheel-drive hybrid sport sedan. The car, which will be in New York and will go on sale in May, has a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine that, when combined with an electric motor, performs like a 4.5-liter V8. The GS 450h has an estimated fuel economy of 20 miles per gallon, Lexus says. Automakers have a lot riding on luxury brands. As sales of SUVs fall, so do the healthy profit margins those vehicles provide, estimated at $10,000 per vehicle or more. Luxury sales can soften the blow. Nowhere is that more true than at General Motors Corp., which has been struggling with falling U.S. sales and lost $10.6 billion last year. Its revamped Cadillac lineup is widely viewed as a success, and the automaker is now turning its attention to Saab, the luxury brand that has been in the red since GM acquired it in 2000. Saab’s annual U.S. sales peaked at 47,400 in 1986 but sank as low as 18,800 in 1993. The brand sold 38,343 vehicles in 2005; by comparison, Lexus sold 302,895.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventSales of luxury vehicles rose 6 percent in the first quarter compared with an industrywide sales increase of 1 percent, according to Tom Libby, the senior director of industry analysis at the Power Information Network. Luxury sales now make up 11.2 percent of the market, Libby said. The Power Information Network, which is a division of J.D. Power and Associates, considers 14 brands to be luxury, including Lincoln, Cadillac, BMW, Volvo and Audi. Luxury sales will continue to grow this year because household wealth and consumer confidence are on the rise, said Paul Taylor, chief economist with the National Automobile Dealers Association. Luxury sales last surged in 2000, but had been trending downward since 2001 in part because of weakness in the economy, Taylor said. But the U.S. luxury market isn’t universally healthy. While entry-level and mid-size cars like the Acura TSX and the BMW 3-series were up between 4 percent and 5 percent in the first quarter and large sport utility vehicle sales were up 8 percent thanks to the revamped Cadillac Escalade, sales of mid-size luxury SUVs dropped 5 percent, Libby said. Hummer saw the largest sales increases because of its new H3 SUV; Jaguar performed worst, with sales dropping 41 percent. There’s also evidence that high gas prices could stifle luxury sales, Taylor said. They are already hurting sales of used luxury vehicles, he said, and he expects full-size SUVs to take a hit this summer if gas prices rise to $3 a gallon. Full-size luxury SUVs won’t catch their stride unless gas prices fall to $2.50 a gallon or below, he said. last_img read more