Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, December 29, 1973, Image 10

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10—Lancaster Farming, Saturday, December >2^19713
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FARMER: ‘‘We certainly have no objection
to tapping the public purse to provide food
for hungry people. But everyone knows,
who has eyes to see, that somehow a lot of
undeserving parasites have managed to
plead poverty so effectively that they are
food stamp recipients. We recall once more
the local record of a woman shopper armed
with food stamp purchases in two big
grocery store baskets who had a Cadillac in'
which to transport her purchases home.
Now, Paul Harvey reminds us in his
column .. that ‘Beginning July 1, (1973)
food stamps worth $ll6 can be purchased
for $lO by a poor family of four, (providing)
the family income is low enough.’ The
conclusion is inevitable that, in this af
fluent United States of America, it pays to
be poor."
government runs or controls seems to pay.
Why not let the federal government take
over all crime? It would get so regulation
riddled and complicated some of the
criminals, out of desperation, might have to
resort to honest work."
INDEPENDENT: “We don’t know why
considenng the multiple government
benefits programs we have in this country
-but we are surprised to note surprise in a
.American Viewpoints
Public officers are the ser
vants and agents of the peo
ple, to execute the laws which
the people have made.
—Grover Cleveland
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lot of people when we mention that (1) for
every dollar deducted from their
paychecks for Social Security, his employer
is required by law to match it with one of
his own, and that (2)^ ‘unemployment’
compensation comes from state and
federal funds built up by employers, alone;
that the worker pays nothing into it.”
“Everybody hates inflation, but’ loves the
things it brings. Working people hate in
flation but persuade politicians to vote for
a higher minimum wage bill. Housewives
want a price rollback for meat, but they
don’t want the empty meat containers that
would result. Taxpayers hate high taxes,
but love the government benefits these
taxes support. Perhaps it's time we all
realize that there is no such thing as free,
and that Federal funds really should be
labeled People’s money. That might do
more for the economy that all the freezes
and thaws in government.”
“Whatever happened to straight talk from
personalities and government officials
anyway 7 Much of what you read and hear
today is ‘leaked’ to the press. There used to
be forthright announcements. Now people
say to the public what they mean but take
no responsibility for it, even deny it if it
proves unpopular. ‘Leaks’ to the press by
officials and others serve a purpose
perhaps at times but as a habitual way of
communication; the leak is a crutch for the
less than forthright and a mask for the
irresponsible. Let’s get back to straight
talk like adults."
to us that if we are to straighten out some
of the nation’s problems we need a new set
of ‘regulations’ to ‘regulate’ the
‘regulators’ and a dedicated group of
‘checkers' to ‘check’ the ‘checkers.’”
free America it's ‘Love it or Leave it,’ but in
Red China or Russia, or the other Captive
Nations, you can't love it and you can’t
leave it. Mere in America we have the
freedoms of choice, while in Communist
ruled nations there are neither freedoms
nor choices."
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A farmstead well lighted at
night is one that is less attractive
to thieves and all kinds of
rustlers. These properly placed
lights can also be an important
safety factor for the members of
the farm family. Due to the
energy situation extra lights
should be evaluated as to need
about the farm, but good
management and good use of
electric power is still very much
in order. The automatic lights
that come and go with darkness
and daylight are very useful and
definitely render an important
input for any farm operation; this
is particularly true with
livestock and dairy operations.
The winter months are a good
time to inspect the livestock
handling equipment and then
build or buy what is needed.
Loading chutes, catch gates,
holding gates, and sick pens are
very useful farm equipment.
Plans for these are available at
our Extension Office. Quiet
handling with the proper
equipment will keep stress to a
minimum and reduce the
possibility of injury. Don’t
hesitate to invest in the proper
equipment to do the job properly
and efficiently.
I still see too many feed bunks
and self feeders that permit the
wasting of high-priced grains.
Troughs with holes in the bottoms
Lesson for December 30,1973
■ackcround Scripture John 4 1-42
The encounter between Jeslis
and the woman of Samana at Ja
cob’s well ought never to have
taken place according to the
customs of that day!
For one thing, Jesus was break
ing customary practice by even
being in Samaria.
The Jews and the
Samaritans were
neighbors who
“did not speak”
Their mutual dis
trust and enmity
had existed for
many centuries
and seemed likely
to continue mdef-
initely without
' any change The Jews so despised
the Samaritans that, on a journey
to Jerusalem, instead of taking
the direct route through Samaria,
they took a detour through the
Jordan Valley.
How is it...?
Furthermore, it was not cus
tomary for a man and woman to
address each other in a public
place. Although this may seem to
us a strange custom today, it was
strictly observed in Jesus’ time
Yet, apparently, Jesus believed
there was something more impor
tant than observing this time-hon
ored custom
As the conversation progressed,
it became evident that Jesus had
broken an even more' important
custom: he was speaking to a wo
man who was acknowledged as a
sinner in her own town, for she
bad had five husbands and was
now living with a man out of wed
or-the ends knocked out will
surely waste feed and encourage
rats and mice. Feeders should be
adjusted to permit only limited
amounts of grain down at a time.
.Feed costs are die major part of
livestock production costs and
every effort should be made to
keep feed costs down. For cattle,
hay racks should be made so that
the leaves and small particles
drop into a trough and not into the
bedding. All producers are urged
to inspect their feeders
frequently and eliminate the
waste of expensive feed.
The future is always indefinite
and so it is for the coining year;
production costs are getting
higher, fuel supplies are un
certain, and agricultural
restrictions are getting more
common. However, one bright
part of the outlook seems to be a
good demand for most farm
products. This demand is not only
for domestic needs but for export
negotiations. Therefore, at the
beginning of the year all farmers
should go over their farm records
and use them" to plan for the
future. The enterprises that have
done best in the past should be
expected to give greater returns
in the future under improved
planning and management. Now
is the time to plan ahead for the
1974 production year.
Editor’s Quote Bonk
The test of our progress is
not whether we add more to
the abundance of those who
have muck; it is whether we
provide enough for those who
have too little.
—Franklin D. Roosevelt
lock. A pious Jew would, under
no circumstances, allow himself
to have anything at all to do with
a woman like this.
Thus, we can understand her
surprise when, receiving his sim
ple request for some well water,
she replies: “How is it that you,
a Jew, ask a drink of me, a wo
man of Samaria?” (4:9). The wo
man knew that Jesus had crossed
some significant barriers to make
of her his simple but startling re
“If you knew the sift
of God..
Then, this surprising man gave
her an even more surprising ans
wer: “If you knew the gift of
God, and who it is that is saying
to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you
would have asked him, and he
would have given you living
water” (4:10).
The reply is open to two inter
pretations by the woman: (1)
Jesus has fresh running water
even better than the well water,
or (2) he is offering her spiritual
refreshment. Heirreply is cau
tious: “Sir, yoty'have nothing to
draw with, and the well is de?p;
where do Vou get that living
water?” (4:11). One gets the im
pression/that she may only be
pretending not to understand the
meaning of his words. Perhaps
she'is stalling for time.
''"The woman at the well is like
many of us today: we_ are cau
tious in responding to Christ’s in
vitations and challenges. In order
that we may not make any mis
takes, we are hesitant to commit
ourselves. Spiritual refreshment
is often so close at hand, but we
deliberate while we ought to be
accepting what Christ can give us.
Thus, many of us miss the “living
water”" of eternal life through
Jesus Christ.
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