Where were you? On Oct. 20, at the Lodi Grape Festival Grounds, a group of dedicated men — farmers, lawyers, doctors, sheriffs, veterans and volunteers — came from all over California to educate our citizens about what is happening to rural America. It was a free event. It was twice advertised in the local newspaper, and also through email.
These men came at their own expense and paid for the rental of the building because they felt that the need to bring information to our small city was so important for our survival; not just for Lodi, but for cities all across America. They took time from their very busy lives of feeding the cattle and growing the crops that we consume so that we could be aware — to help them fight to save their livelihoods and to stop the government entities who are destroying our ranches and farms.
How did we thank them? We did nothing! We stayed home and watched the games and went to the movies because these things were more important than taking a few hours to educate ourselves about what we can and should do to ensure ourselves a future of locally grown foods, and to keep our waters.
How can we set an example for our future generations when we fail to educate ourselves and work hard to maintain our liberties? Defend rural America.