Letters: Potato chips not just microchips. Farms need crops not solar panels

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Hillary Clinton gives her concession speech in New York on Nov. 9, 2016. Clinton won the popular vote, while Donald Trump won the Electoral College ton win the presidency.
Hillary Clinton gives her concession speech in New York on Nov. 9, 2016. Clinton won the popular vote, while Donald Trump won the Electoral College ton win the presidency.

Potato chips not microchips on farms

Aiding farming in Ohio is a good idea; coordinated planning can do even more. About two decades ago, Ohio’s counties prepared unique agricultural preservation plans, recognizing the importance of Ohio’s largest business: agriculture.

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Not only can land trusts help preserve agricultural land but the Ohio Revised Code 5705 allows municipalities to purchase land or its developing rights.

While making microchips in Ohio is good, we also need to continue making potato chips and other foods.

Instead of placing solar panels on many acres of good agricultural land they should be on the buildings themselves. And covered parking lots could perform double duty by having panels on them while also protecting cars from the elements.

Looking further afield, placing renewable energy sources on reclaimed or other relatively poor agricultural land as exists in southeastern Ohio makes sense. It becomes even more important since the war in Ukraine destroys much of that regional bread basket.

Protecting our agricultural land not only ensures our food supply but also supports a major U.S. export commodity.

Jurgen Pape, Granviile

Popular vote bill won't fly, neither will Trump worshipper

Regarding the George Shetuni column of May 16, "Votes don't count equally in America; that must change," Shetuni and virtually all Democrats support the National Popular Vote bill, where the "states agree to award their electoral votes to the candidate who wins the national popular vote."

George Shetuni
George Shetuni

Shetuni also says, "Though the National Popular Vote bill is opposed by most Republicans, all Americans should support this bill. We need to put nation above party." Most of the current Republicans do not care about the nation; they care only about Donald Trump.

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Republicans will only support the National Popular Vote bill if a Republican loses the Electoral College while winning the popular vote.

If the Republican nominee is (as seems likely) a Trump worshipper, however, he or she will not win the popular vote because the majority of Americans recognize that Trump is an abomination.

Vic Presutti, Dayton

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We need a patriot not a dictatorship

Thank you for printing the May 14 Cincinnati Enquirer article, "Finneytown twins score presidential chat." This report strongly shows which types of candidates I will support in the 2022 and 2024 elections.

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One party's possible presidential candidate shows his true patriotism to our constitutional way of life by supporting less fortunate, citizens with (disabilities) whenever he can.

The other (my own) political party's presumptive Oval Office candidate's actions encourage his fellow candidates to lie about, taunt and even physically harm (those living with disabilities) citizens.

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Therefore, I will use my votes in future elections to choose only candidates who practice respect for all citizens — (those with disabilities) or otherwise.

Twins Carter (left) and Nolan Neefus, 12, spent 10 minutes with President Joe Biden during his last visit to Cincinnati after writing letters to him. The twins recieved a letter back and an invitation to meet during President Biden's visit to United Performance Metals in Hamilton, Ohio on Friday May 6. After talking with the President, the twins recieved Secret Service pins as well as boxes of red, white and blue M&Ms in a special box with the President's signature on it.
Twins Carter (left) and Nolan Neefus, 12, spent 10 minutes with President Joe Biden during his last visit to Cincinnati after writing letters to him. The twins recieved a letter back and an invitation to meet during President Biden's visit to United Performance Metals in Hamilton, Ohio on Friday May 6. After talking with the President, the twins recieved Secret Service pins as well as boxes of red, white and blue M&Ms in a special box with the President's signature on it.

Our nation must never vote to choose the Fascist-style of one-man dictatorships that our greatest generation (under the command of a then-future Republican president) defeated 77 years ago.

I invite other patriotic voters to join me in an all-American effort to return civility and compassion to our constitutional system of government by electing those who practice those values.

Stanley D. Krider, Delaware

This article originally appeared on The Columbus Dispatch: Letters: America doesn't need a dictatorship