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OPINION 15 Thursday, July 23, 2015 eral cro insurance failin By JOHN CRABTREE Contributor At the Center for Rural Affairs, we've heard from farm- ers across the Midwest and Great Plains about the negative impacts of federally subsidized crop insurance for Over a de- cade. A farm safety net is im- portant to help family farmers mitigate risks, but there are real concerns with the current crop insurance program. The best way to begin addressing those concerns is through honest as- sessment of the crop insurance system. Toward that end, the Center for Rural Affairs recently re- leased a crop insurance report card, entitled "Promises vs. Performance: A Report Card Evaluating Federal Crop In- surance." Most of the grades awarded are not what parents would hope to see on their own child's school report, and the accompanying policy brief offers further analysis and rec- omrnended reforms to improve the performance of the crop insurance system. In overall performance, crop insurance received a failing grade, which you can see at www.cfa.org/ crop-insurance-reform. Subsidizing the nation's larg- est and wealthiest farms on every acre, every year, regardless of crop prices, production or farm profitability, puts America's natural resources at risk. And, absent reform, crop insurance gives mega-farms an advantage in bidding up land costs, driv- ing their smaller neighbors out of business, and preventing the next generation of farmers from ever getting started. The impact crop insurance will have on future years of farming practices is significant, making reform of the feder- ally subsidized crop insurance system vitally important to the future of rural and small town America. John Crabtree is the media direc- tor at the Center for Rural Affairs. Established in 1973, the Cen- ter for Rural Affairs is a private, non-profit organization working to strengthen small businesses, family farms and ranches, and rural communities through action oriented programs addressing so- cial, economic, and environmental issues. Disclaimer: The views expressed in this commentary do not neces- sarily reflect those of the Cheney Free Press. Thanks from ML Tennis- A-Then commmittee The 24-Hour-Tennis- During the 24 hours, we A- Then committee would had approximatelyl00play- like to give a big thank you ers involved in the mara- to all the generous support- then. Altogether, everyone's ers, countless volunteers combined efforts raised ap- and community members ximately $4;500 and over who participated. Much 115 pounds of food dona- of this year's success is at- finns for the Medical Lake tributed to the generosity Food Bank. and assistance we received Thank you very much from sponsors and sup- for your generosity and porters like you. assistance. This year's event ben- We hope to see you out efited the local Food Bank, there next year. Medical Lake Outreach Leroy Lemaster and Program and the Medical the 24-Hour-Tennis- Lake High School Tennis A-Then committee programs. Medical Lake continued from page 4 office. Unfortunately,comments at the meet- done and it won't make anger and frustration they those people did not get ing, there seems to be a the healing process any feel and try to turn it into learn about race relations, their wish as the mayor committee that is taking easier, something positive. I un- I hope he does this, notto has repeatedly said heon the effort to make the I'm not saying resi- derstand it's hard because improve his public image will not resign and resi- recall happen, dents should simply get we live in a society that butte better himself: dents wiU have to recall But should residents over this issue, or not re- puts as much effort - if " " ' 'The city has 0verc6me ' k/iifi'fF6 '6ffi 6".' ................................ i tth it 10figt0 Start the all the mayor from office not more -- in putting a lot Of adversity over If a recall election toown healing process for if that's what they want. people down than lifting the years and it will take remove Rushing is what themselves? I'm saying that when they them up. some time for the cityit will truly take for the The people of Airway see or hear something But there's enough to come back from this. city to heal, then it'sHeights have a right that's hateful, whether negativity out there. In- Some folks said Airwaygoing to be a slow heal- to be angry, but hold-it's an offensive Facebook stead, be a shining light Heights cannot begin ing process as recalls ing in all of that hate comment or aninsult di- in thisworld. the healing process until don't happen overnight,and anger doesn't erase rected toward them, theyAl Stover can be reached Rushingis removed fromJudging by some of the the damage that's beenshould take some of that at al@cheneyfreepress.com. Friday Sunday High/Low i!i .... Sunny 84/59 Saturday Mostly Sunny 84/56 Partly Cloudy 78/52 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday .... Sunny Sunny Sunny Sunny 79/53 85/56 91/59 93/59 ACCOUNTANTS NATASHA JERNEGAN, CPA Certified Public Accountant 1006 First Street Cheney, WA 99004 509-235-4450 JANICE KOPRIVA PENAR, C.RA. Certified Public Accountant Certified Finandal Planner 1951 First Street., Cheney 235-2518 747-0614 DENTISTS CHENEY DENTAL CARE Dr. Andrew F. Martinssen Family & Cosmetic Dentistry 625 "B" Street, Cheney 235-6137 or 747-8841 KENNETH M. COLLINS, D.D.S, CHRISTOPHER M. COLLINS, D.D.S. Family Dentistry 1841 First Street, Cheney F&M Business Center 235-8451,443-8520 Hours: Men., Thurs., Fri. 7:00 - 2:30, Tues. & Wed. 7:00 - 4:30 MEDICAL LAKE DENTAL Bruce C. Toillion, D.D.S. Jessica M. Toillion, D.D.S. 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Men., Wed., Thurs. 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Tues. 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Fri. 123 N. Brewer, Medical Lake 299-5171 INLAND CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY DENTISTRY Jacob J. Ridl, D.D.S. 1717 First Street, Cheney 235-6241 MINT CONDITION DENTAL Family, Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry Marshall E Gibbs, D.D.S. Elizabeth Newell, DDS 60 Simpson Parkway Drive, Cheney 235-2900 HEALTHCARE ROCKWOOD CHENEY CLINIC 19 N. 7th, Cheney 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m~ Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m Saturday Closed Sunday 235-6151 744-1732 Charles B.H. Hough, M.D Tom Koeske, M.D. Cori Lopez, D.O. 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