To the editor:
The Oklahoman was right to call for civility and reason in the debate over State Question 777, the so called “right to farm” amendment (Our Views, Nov. 23). Those of us on the “no” side take that message to heart and we hope supporters of this amendment do as well. I agreed with your point that removing state oversight can lead to more federal regulation and that this should be discussed. The prospect of even more EPA oversight will undoubtedly convince many farmers to vote no on SQ 777. It simply goes too far.
It would be a shame if the Legislature was forever prevented from addressing the safety of food coming from Oklahoma farms. We don't know what the agriculture industry will look like in 10, 20 or 50 years. We should maintain the right to set reasonable standards at the state and local level and not leave all the power in the hands of the federal government. By voting no on 777, we will maintain that right and allow for Oklahoma voices to be heard.