April 26, 2012
Come to Illinois?
I admit that the outcome of the election in June is important, but it is also raw material for great comedy. I wish George Carlin had lived to meet Scott Walker. Walker, a college dropout, promised 250,000 new jobs will be created if he is elected governor. Tall order. Enough people took that promise seriously to permit him to win the gubernatorial race! Here comes the humor. Instead of creating 250,000 jobs, or roughly 62,500 jobs per year, Wisconsin has lost more jobs than any other state. We are last in the nation! Egad. Where is the secret plan to create 250,000 new, family-supporting jobs? Better get started, Scott.
Incredible. Not only are we last, Walker traveled to Chicago to speak to the Chamber of Commerce where he acted as if he is unaware of the record. He bragged that things are better in Wisconsin! Really? Illinois is number three in the nation in job creation, and Governor Quinn pointed out that Illinois had created 31,000 jobs as Walker was losing 23,900 jobs. Whoa Nelly!
Oh, and people campaigning on county time? A secret email system a few feet from Walker's desk? Wild stuff. Enough for the moment.
The Gods Must be Crazy #3. I have heard lots of people asking, When will the nation wake-up and come to grips with climate change? How about food shortages? Water problems in Georgia and California? What's the plan?
Let's take a look at another issue: "Engineered crops." Dow chemical created a weed killer named 2,4-D. Kind of catchy, no? Well 2,4-D may cause cancer, hormone disruption and other health problems. Ah, but great news: it kills weeds but not corn!
One problem is that the chemical drifts with the wind and may land on millions of acres of other crops, killing them as if they were weeds. Tens of millions of acres could be impacted.
We don't know what chemicals are being injected in the ground for fracking. It might destroy our ground water, but the oil and gas folks tell us not to worry! And now Dow tells us not to fret over something called 2,4-D that will be sprayed on millions of acres. Hey, if this stuff hurt us, would Dow spray it? Of course not. What do you take these corporations for? Greedy, reckless polluters?
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-Richard Kanak | Cherry Valley, Illinois | April 26, 2012
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-Eric Schubring | Drummond | April 26, 2012
I just want to point out that 2-4-D is a very old herbicide, one of the first ever produced. Any chemical has dangers and one has to be careful but it has value too.
-Dean Weichmann | Johnson Creek WI | April 27, 2012