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If you didn’t get a chance to listen in on Town Hall Ohio in recent weeks, here’s what you missed.

Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor discussed her desire to help Ohioans become better informed about the backgrounds and qualifications of judicial candidates:

“One of the problems I see with the way judges are selected is that for the most part, people don’t really care.  And that’s demonstrated by their lack of participation.”

“Ohioans, the vast majority, want to elect their judges. Yet, at the same time, they’re going to say ‘But we think politics enter into it. We think it’s the name game. We think it’s donations, who supports the judge financially.’  They think that all makes a difference.”

Farmer and author Joel Salatin shared his beliefs regarding alternative farming systems and connecting with consumers:

“If you want to connect the dots between your plate and the landscape you envision for your grandchildren, you need to understand that your food choices create that landscape.  Whatever that landscape is in your mind, think about what food system creates that landscape and then patronize it.”

“My pledge is I will not dump manure on McDonald’s driveway lot like some would. I will not picket the World Trade Organization meetings…I want for those of us that want to be able to farm and purchase an alternative kind of food to be free to do so, and I am perfectly happy to co-exist.”

Carrie Vollmer-Sanders of The Nature Conservancy outlined how her group is working with farmers to address water quality issues in Ohio:

“Often, there’s a lot of goals that overlap. And people don’t sit down around the table sometimes to talk about how things overlap, because they assume that they’re not on the same page. But when it comes to supporting what happens on the land and what happens in the water, we’ve got to have both: We’ve got to have agriculture and we’ve got to have healthy lakes. Sitting down with the folks who work in ag and work with the businesses, it only makes sense to talk about how we can work together.”

Hear these and other full shows at Town Hall Ohio’s website, or subscribe to the free podcast.

Lynn Snyder 

Lynn Snyder is senior director of communications for Ohio Farm Bureau.

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