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Paul Scallon, Edgeley, N.D., Published October 31 2012

Letter: ND Measure No. 3 is shortsighted

At first glance, Measure 3 language seems fair enough – essentially that no law will abridge using modern farm/ranch practices.

My family has been good stewards of our land and water resource since my great-grandfather acquired the property in 1896. Our practices have respected our neighbors, the people served and our natural resources.

Like other family farms, our land will eventually pass to a new regime, likely of industrial scale. Without the hands-on, caring ownership of the full natural resource we now steward, the primary operation goal for this now beloved property will simply be whittled down to one objective only – increasing the wealth of the owners. And for industrial-scale operations, this objective usually comes with little to no regard for the existing and surrounding resources and the neighbors we always respected.

As the family farm heritage continues its sunset on the North Dakota prairie, do we want to trust corporations to continue the good stewardship our state natural resources deserve? What if other industries, especially those that dominate in a particular state, were to have their own Measure 3? Would we trust the oil/gas and coal industries, the airline industry, or banking/finance industries to never abridge their right to modern practices, to constantly and forever trust in them to the safety and welfare of our families, and to run our economy?

Measure 3 assumes all conditions are stable and trustworthy. This is very shortsighted and should be voted down.