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Ohio Pork Council: Vote 'yes' on Issue 1

To the editor:

The Ohio Pork Council fully endorses Issue 1, a vital proposal aimed at strengthening the democratic process in the state of Ohio. Issue 1 proposes to raise the requirement for constitutional amendments to pass with a 60-percent majority vote. 

The Ohio Pork Council is a non-profit, farmer-led organization that represents the interests of Ohio's pork industry. Its mission is to serve as a united voice for pork producers, promote sustainable agriculture, and ensure the long-term success of Ohio's pork industry.

Cheryl Day, executive vice president of the Ohio Pork Council, said: “As an organization representing the interests of Ohio's pork industry, we firmly believe that this initiative will enhance the integrity and effectiveness of the state’s constitutional amendment process. This thoughtful adjustment will ensure that any amendments to our state constitution truly reflect the will of the people. By raising the threshold, we can ensure that future constitutional changes are not made haphazardly or without substantial consensus. The Ohio Pork Council recognizes the importance of an equitable and fair democratic system that protects the interests of all citizens. The proposed amendment strikes a balance between protecting individual rights and enabling changes for the betterment of Ohio.”

As an industry that is economically vital to Ohio, the Ohio Pork Council understands the significance of maintaining a stable and predictable regulatory environment. By endorsing Issue 1, the council aims to safeguard the long-term viability of the entire industry while protecting the investments and livelihoods of all pork producers throughout the state. 

The Ohio Pork Council was established in 1968 when leaders in Ohio’s pork industry determined it was a necessity to promote their own product. When the organization began, about 800 farmers dedicated themselves to this task. The Council now has approximately 2,500 members. As the organization has grown, so have the programs to promote pork, along with increased services for OPC members.

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Mary Hamilton (not verified)

10 July 2023

"We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution" Abraham Lincoln

Scorch (not verified)

12 July 2023

I totally agree with what Abraham Lincoln said. However, I don't think he was referring to what is currently happening in our country. We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts. I wish our representatives, the judiciary and those that are corrupting them and paying them off knew that. It is also most of our representatives, part of our judiciary, China, special interest groups and those controlling the puppet strings that are trying to overthrow the Constitution. It's not the people proposing and endorsing Issue 1.

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