David Rodriguez: Noses wide open

April 15, 2013 

Your articles pertaining to dairies have opened some people's eyes. For the people living in the Planada community, they have had their eyes as well as their noses wide open.

Since the arrival of a certain dairy and the Sun-Star's article, "Nitrate Contamination" (March 14) and "No Easy Solution in Farm Pollution" (March 20), I have had concerns about our quality of life.

There are times when we cannot enjoy a spring or summer night, because of the odor of the dairy. And depending on where you live in a small town, it can be overwhelming.

I have been introduced to two gentlemen who work for CAFO (Confinement, Animal Feeding and Operations). They have been hired by the dairy to help with some of their problems including odor. They claim they can eliminate the odor but it will take two to five years. If that statement is true, my hat is off to the owner for trying to be a good neighbor. In the meantime, we endure.

According to a Sun-Star article of March 23, dairies struggle to stay afloat. The dairy industry has played on its own set of rules since 1930. On the CAFO business card, there is a quote by Albert Einstein that reads, "We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them."

DAVID RODRIGUEZ

Planada

Merced Sun-Star is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service