"Residents of rural Ontario have as many different New Year's wishes as there are different individuals.
Among them of course are wishes for continuing strength in commodity markets, cattle prices that hold up until this year's stockers are sold next fall, improvement in other livestock markets and a reduction of input costs.
Although such wishes directly affect only those involved in agriculture, they have a huge impact on rural communities large and small that rely on the agricultural sector for their survival, whether they know it or not.
Although wishes vary, rural Ontario did speak with something close to one voice during last October's provincial election.
And nothing has happened since to suggest the majority of residents north of Hwy. 7 would wish for anything more than they wanted back then - better government in 2012."
The concerns that face rural residents have been all but ignored by the Dalton Gang for the past eight years. In fact, when this government has decided to act, often it has been to the detriment of rural Ontario.Continue Reading on London Free Press Site
At the risk of blowing in the wind once too often, let me repeat that the single most important issue continues to be the wind factories that are springing up on farmland around the province.