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A Note to Readers

On October 8, we posted a story, "Farm Industry Lobby Appeals Ruling on Bay Pollution limits," with a photograph that offended some members of the farming community. That photograph has since been taken down and replaced.

I offer my apologies for the photo selection. It was my intention to criticize the farm lobby for its continuing legal battle against Chesapeake Bay pollution limits, but not to mock or offend farmers.

We can disagree over this lawsuit without being disagreeable or disrespectful.

Respectfully, Tom Pelton, Chesapeake Bay Foundation


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I found the piece from Oct. 8 and I don't see anythhing derogatory or insulting about the picture. I see a field with a truck spreading something dark over stubble from a harvested crop. I assume this is a real picture and not something staged to show something that farmers don't do. If they don't want the public to see pictures of what they are doing, maybe they shouldn't be doing it.

Thanks, Ken.

That picture of the fertilizer spreader is what replaced the original photo, which was of a row of cows facing away from the camera.

I picked that photo of the cows because it illustrated the problem of the management of livestock manure, which is a significant issue in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

But because the picture was of the rear ends of cows, some readers took that to mean that I was mocking farmers as a bunch of ... well, something rather impolite. That was not my intention. So I had no problem replacing the photo.

Can't these idiots take a look back at just 15 years and see how much damage is being done by storms every year. It is because the are concreting over the wetlands and shorelines that are the bufffer zones to help absorb some of that excess stormwater. Then they want to government to pay for damages. Insurance companies are charging more to absorb their costs by having to fork out millions of dollars to repair homes built right on the coast. They also want the government to come in and fix their private beaches because of errosion.

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