[Date Prev][Date Next][Date Index]

Re: E-M:/ Gerald Henning and MDA failure to respond: LSJ today

"Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech ... or the right of the people ... to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." AMENDMENT I, US CONSTITUTION (1791)
"No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of ... liberty, or property, without due process of law ..." AMENDMENT XIV (1868)
Even setting aside for a moment, for purposes of discussion, the utterly outrageous situation people face today, of which CAFOS in southeastern Michigan are a stinking example, that is, victimization by unaccountable government power at the service of giant corporations, and in virtually total disregard for the rights and welfare of individuals and communities, Mr. Vermeulen's statement about "if you really prefer to avoid Mr. Henning's situation" is quite beside the point, isn't it?  Nevertheless, I will refrain from using colorful, profane, and accurate swear words in this message, for fear of bruising anyone's tender sensibilities. But does any injustice ever get remedied, unless and until people get angry about it?
*&^%$# $#@!&*^  (*&^%$
Tom Stephens
Guild/Sugar Law Center
733 St. Antoine, 3rd Floor
Detroit, Michigan 48226 USA
(313) 962-6540
(Fax) (313) 962-4492
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, June 23, 2003 7:09 AM
Subject: Re: E-M:/ Gerald Henning and MDA failure to respond: LSJ today

Alternatively, if you really prefer to avoid Mr. Henning's situation, avoid discharging firearms in the direction of others, and avoid using profanity on recorded messages.
Ken Vermeulen
>>> "Anne Woiwode" <anne.woiwode@sierraclub.org> 06/22/03 10:56AM >>>
Enviro-Mich message from "Anne Woiwode" <anne.woiwode@sierraclub.org>

E-M folks:

The story about the Ingham County Prosecutor going after Gerald Henning,
the 82 yr old farmer from near Hudson, MI, because of his frustrated and
irritated voice mail messages on the Michigan Department of
Agriculture's Right to Farm complaint line shows up on the front page of
the Lansing State Journal today.  Over the course of almost three years,
Mr. Henning lodged complaints with a virtually entirely non-responsive
MDA, while the problems continued totally unabated.

The LSJ story focuses on the free speech issues, and drastically
understates the horrific environmental and health consequences of the
CAFO next door that caused and continued to fuel Mr. Henning's response.
Prosecuting Gerald Henning is a classic case of blaming the victim --
the MDA folks who filed the complaints and the prosecutors should have
been forced to live in his house during the worst episodes before they
brought charges against him. If you want to know what life has been like
in the Hudson area for Mr. Henning and his neighbors with 10 CAFOs
having plopped down there, go to www.nocafos.org which is the website of
the Environmentally Concerned Citizens of South Central Michigan

The Lansing State Journal story is at:

Anne Woiwode, Staff Director, Sierra Club Mackinac Chapter
109 East Grand River Avenue, Lansing, Michigan 48906
517-484-2372; fax 517-484-3108  anne.woiwode@sierraclub.org
visit the Mackinac Chapter on the web at http://michigan.sierraclub.org

ENVIRO-MICH:  Internet List and Forum for Michigan Environmental
and Conservation Issues and Michigan-based Citizen Action.   Archives at

Postings to:  enviro-mich@great-lakes.net      For info, send email to
majordomo@great-lakes.net  with a one-line message body of  "info enviro-mich"