My take on Heroin, Raw Milk and Joe Fincham

I think it would be fair to say when I saw Joe as he was leaving an interview with Tom Roten, and I was coming in to be on the show, he told me in person he would support the raw milk herdshare bill, so I find this a bit conflicting.

Beyond that, prescription drug abuse has been running rampant for years. We’ve encouraged addiction with suboxone and methadone or cost tax payers a fortune locking addicts up a short time to return them, in no better shape, back to the streets.

Please explain why heroin is so much more important, when fairly it is something a person decides to use (initially), than restoring the rights of law abiding farmers and consumers through agriculture. Dare one suggest agriculture is not one of the most important aspects of a nation’s economy? Few could argue such a thing. Farming is vital to a strong economy. The ability to purchase and work with our local small farmers is vital to health, independence and a sense of community.

Studies show every $1 earned on the farm equals $5-7 for the local community. How about we encourage citizens to create and buy in our LOCAL counties, folks.

How does boosting the income of many small farmers across West Virginia who are raising dairy animals by 10-40,000 dollars or more a year prove to be anything less than significantly important? I think a lot of folks are too far removed from the farm and food you eat to know any better than dismiss farmers and the impact of buying local. Those two things are a part of why this state has failed to thrive.

The Department of Agriculture in Michigan concluded a multi-year study on herdshares, raw milk and the economic impact. They came out in strong support at the end of this exhaustive study. Why? Economics, largely.

When one says American Farmers’ Survival does not matter, Americans’ choice concerning what they eat is trivial, one must accept that it will hardly be long before the same tyranny which robbed that Farmer of his survival is going to be knocking at your door to take a freedom “You” do care about.
What about supporting efforts to battle heroin addiction?

Well, the best method to reduce addiction levels is not as simple as “more laws”. . .

How about we turn this place into a liberty minded state with a strong and diverse economy? Novel concept. Not as easy as waving the magic “law wand”.

Let us give young people outstanding educations with many opportunities. See how the addiction levels drop. How about we let these kids see that welfare and disability is not an occupation path through the presentation of many options that clearly outshine addiction and poverty?

How many reasons have we given these people to believe there is anything better to live for than surviving in a numb state where they do not need to focus on the depressed, impoverished location they abide in now?

None.

More laws? You jest, correct?

“Pass laws to support recovery, deter drug traffickers and empower law enforcement” the author says – I am sorry, this isn’t the answer.

Anyone who believes laws will answer this problem must know very few addicts personally and over the long term.

The legal view? Hardly a full picture.

If you do not know about the problem first hand, from the addicts’ side, the socio-economic side, the family side, then please, just sit down. You have nothing to offer to this epidemic of value.