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Tom Thomas Butler 
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Re: “Today in N.C. Gerrymandering: Redistricting Panel Convenes, GOP Leaders Confirm They Will Use Notorious Consultant

Why can legislators in our NCGA draw illegal district maps over and over with no punitive accountability??? Until legislators and legislative committees in charge of drawing fair and legal district maps are held accountable and could possibly face criminal punishment, there will be no change. According to history, both parties are guilty of taking advantage of their power at the time of drawing maps. Simple solution: "Independent District Voting Maps Committee" to draw districts and be held accountable by the courts. If district maps still end up with obvious illegal and unconstitutional issues, independent committee members should be charged and convicted of a crime. Breaking the law is breaking the law.....legislators do not get a free pass!

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Posted by Tom Thomas Butler on 07/31/2017 at 6:54 AM

Re: “Hogwashed, Part 3: Solutions Exist for the Hog Industry’s Waste-Management Problem. Why Aren’t They Being Used?

I am an N.C. hog farmer. If you are deemed to be a part of a problem, then it makes sense to me that you should play a part in the solution to that problem. I do not think that it is a lie or an exaggeration that animal agriculture (mainly swine CAFOS and poultry houses) have some odor and environmental issues. Issues that sorely need to be dealt with by our industry. I am a contract hog farmer (Butler Farms) in Harnett County N.C. and can only speak to swine issues. After 22 years in this business, I know from personal experience the true effects and environmental impact we have had on our neighbors and community. My good and loyal neighbors have told me the truth about what our little farm has done to their families and community. Knowing these truths, we have for the past 10 years, as a concerned hog farm family, made every attempt to be a part of the solution to odor and environmental issues. (Flat Branch/Anderson Creek Community). We have made these positive efforts through the use of alternate waste management innovations. The alternatives we have used are Best Management Practices (BMPs), covered swine waste storage ponds and swine waste methane to energy. Despite all the positive comments made by our industry leaders on innovation and renewables, we have seen very little encouragement and no monetary incentives to move forward with new technology. I know that our pork industry has made some improvements in waste management, odor control, and water usage, but in my opinion, we have lagged behind for far too long and have over used the economic feasibility reasoning as a deterrent. The integrators that we contract with have to be a part of the solution and have to finally realize that the current grower contracts do not pay enough for us to pay our operating expenses and in addition, take care of our accumulated hog waste and waste management issues on the 2000 to 2500 family farms in N.C. Better pay will make us better environmental stewards and that benefits everyone. I feel it is time to act and I am proud to be a part of the three (3) part discussion titled "Hogwashed" by Indy Week.
Anyone can see that our industry has been very successful in N.C. Now is the time for the industry to give back. http//

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Posted by Tom Thomas Butler on 07/14/2017 at 8:56 AM

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