The Coastal Post - March 2000

Stewardship Of The Land

By Judy Borello

Attending the 77th annual meeting and dinner of the Marin County Farm Bureau on February 18th proved to be another exercise in trying to keep agriculture alive in West Marin in the year 2000.

Marin County, which gave birth to the dairy industry in California almost 150 years ago, is now reduced to 37 dairies. This is very troubling, because this county of ours used to boast 300 dairies. These ranches are what has kept Marin County God's country-beautiful and pastoral, long before the environmental no-brainers decided that they were definitely needed to "save" agriculture from itself. The only reason that we have such a vast amount of beauty surrounding us in West Marin is thanks to the ranching community who are the real environmentalists!

Government scrutiny and an over-abundance of restrictions is a definite reason why the dairies are going out of business.

Common sense dictates that Tomales Bay is still rated number one in California for being pristine and clean, and that is why the oyster growers chose to encamp there. Were the dairies a problem, the bay would have been contaminated a long time ago (the dairies dating back to the 1860s).

Which came first, the oyster or the cow? Along the east shore of Tomales Bay it was the cow and the ranchers who were the stewards of this land, and since the bay is still a clean body of water, I would venture to say that the constant pressure on the ranchers is unquestionably wrong!

It's really ironic to me that the die-hard environmentalists around here, who want to make a name for themselves on fantasies that they are Don Quixote flying around on a broomstick, don't know what it takes to be a steward of the land.

They (the do-gooders who do bad), probably don't realize that they are causing just what they preach against: development, urban sprawl, and the suffocation of this, our environment.

I've always said, when the day comes that I can't smell the natural scent of cowshit from Waldo's dairy down at the Old Western Saloon, the town is in trouble." Well, in my estimation, all of West Marin is in deep "merda."

According to statistics, we are the Socialistic States of America. Over 30% of the land mass in the U.S. is owned by the government, be it federal, state, or county. In the state of California, over 40% belongs to the government and in Marin County, over 60%. Now compare that with our taxes (over 50% of our income) and you've got socialism and that is the truth!

Can you imagine working at the following company? It has over 500 employees with the following statistics: 29 have been accused of spousal abuse, 7 have been arrested for fraud, 19 have been accused of writing bad checks, 117 have bankrupted at least two businesses, three have been arrested for assault, 71 cannot get a credit card due to bad credit, 14 have been arrested for drug-related charges, eight have been arrested for shoplifting, 21 are current defendants in lawsuits, 84 were stopped for drunk-driving in 1998 alone. Can you guess which organization this is?

It is the 535 members of the U.S. Congress. The same group that perpetually cranks out hundreds upon hundreds of new laws designed to keep the rest of us in line!

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I appreciate the columns by Antonio Serna in last month's Coastal Post, but I differ on one thing about the Elian Gonzales saga. It's not just the compassionate conservatives who are hindering the process of that little boy going back to Cuba to join his father and grandparents. It is also the fault of the flaming-ass liberals who talk a good show but don't do anything about it because they want those Cuban votes in Little Havana, Flordia! It's a travesty, extorting that innocent child when everybody is calling for family values over the almighty buck!

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