Disappointed in chicken farm coverage
FROM: JOHN KILBY JR. COLORA
I have been a reader of the Cecil Whig and all the other local news publications since 1961, and I have found the Whig to always have provided fair, unbiased news coverage.
I have obviously seen the paper cover very controversial issues concerning county government, with many related to zoning matters. Your coverage, and also the coverage of the two lesser publications, of the Horst-Perdue poultry hous- ing controversy has been extremely poor and biased.
The future of the few viable, remaining farming operations heree is being threatened by a well-led mob of anti-farming activists who have imported a so-called public health expert. Sadly from my alma mater, she came to support their claim of threats to schools, homes and businesses near the Horst farm, and now have expanded to address said threats to the entire county.
The county council and the audience had to sit through almost two hours of largely unscientific and unsupported claims, exaggerations and inaccuracies. For example, her map showed a (confined animal feeding operation) near my home, which hasn’t housed a hen since 1992.
This is just a continuation of their cam- paign, which sadly enough has attracted little attention from the handful of mega farmers, CAFOs, etc., that could be put out of business if their suggested “remedies” are enacted by the planning commission and the county council. Also sad is the lack of farmer organization activity.
The Whig has too scarcely covered the farmers’ side of this fight, limiting coverage to a few lines but printing page after page of the protesters’ propaganda. Sometimes those representing the interests of the Horsts, Perdue and Cecil County farmers are not even covered at all. The other two publications have printed absolutely no pro-farmer information.
This is not what we expect from journalism. If the Whig favors restrictions on modern farming here, let them put it on the editorial page.