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Old Fashioned Common Sense
by Lacy Gray, click here for bio
Program: Food Forethought
Date: June 13, 12
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The other day my son was laughingly telling me about how his young son, my grandson, told him that he thought his Dad had “scary super power” - he can always tell what his son is going to do before he does it! Little does my grandson know, it’s because his Dad remembers being that age in the not so distant past and having the same lack of common sense so to speak when it comes to making certain decisions. As parents, we all experience this type of deja vu. And hopefully by the time we do make it to parenthood common sense has become our new found super power. It’s too bad that same type of “common sense super power” doesn’t seem to extend to our governing bodies. The daily onslaught of new and generally unnecessary regulations imposed upon the ag industry and small businesses can be frustratingly costly, burdensome, and confusing; confusing because you find yourself wondering why there needs to be a regulation for something that should just be covered by plain old common sense. Increasing regulations imposed on the federal, state, and even local levels are making it nearly impossible for family farms and small rural communities to remain competitive in today’s global market, let alone simply survive.
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