People column — Oct. 15

Convention brings no fix to the state

Editor, OBSERVER:

New Yorkers will have the opportunity to vote next month on whether they would like to have a state constitutional convention. This is an important decision that could dramatically change agriculture, as we know it, in New York.

New York Farm Bureau has long valued individual rights and limits on governmental power. Delegates could diminish both of these priorities at a constitutional convention.

A majority of the delegates would be from New York City. New York Farm Bureau is concerned they would be unfamiliar with agriculture and our rural way of life. Why cede control from our elected officials to random convention delegates who have their own agendas, philosophies or axes to grind? Changes made at the convention could alter private property rights, labor laws, agricultural land use, and conservation management. A Pandora’s Box is awaiting to be opened.

In addition, it could cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.

­Please vote “no” on the constitutional convention.

DICK KIMBALL,

president,

Chautauqua County Farm Bureau

Banquet support aids Gowanda group

Editor, OBSERVER:

Thanks to everyone in the community who came to the Love In the Name of Christ’s Annual Banquet and Auction. We appreciate your support of our organization.

LOVE IN THE NAME OF CHRIST BANQUET COMMITTEE,

Meribeth Ziemer, office manager

Love In the Name of Christ

Gowanda

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