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

Alternatively, if you really prefer to avoid Mr. Hennings situation hire a  competent lawyer with some integrity and sue the cow crap out of them. Of course, that costs a lot of money. Maybe Mr. Vermuelen, compassionate soul that he is would be willing to do some pro-bono work.
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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

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