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Farmers’ patience with Trump eroding

One of the toughest parts of farming is coming to grips with how little you actually control in your business. Weather, markets and inputs are all factors beyond our control.

To succeed in this line of work, you learn to patiently deal with it all in stride. And I have.

However, 2019 has been a challenge; between bad weather, trade disruptions and baffling decisions on biofuels, my patience is running really low.

The final straw was President Trump’s recent decision to allow big oil companies to waive their legal requirements under the Renewable Fuels Standard. As a farmer who listened to the president’s profound support for the American farmer and ethanol just a few months ago in Iowa, I find this decision outrageous.

President Trump says he’s got our backs; that we’re patriots with unending support for him. While that may be true with some, I’d describe myself as a patriot with dwindling patience and faith in the president. In a year so full of uncertainty and endless hurdles, rural America needs the president to back up all his talk about farmers, not add to the hardships.

Control is a funny thing. We worry about the things we can’t control and fixate on things we can. Right now, I’m fixated on getting better policy decisions out of the White House.

Agriculture needs sound, stable policies right now. The future is hard to predict; come November 2020 my ballot will be cast for whomever can provide consistency.

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Andy Jobman, Gothenburg

Tanning crackdown will prevent cancer

Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States today. In 2019 alone, it is estimated that more than 90,000 cases of invasive skin cancer will be diagnosed in the United States, with the majority of those cases being melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.

This year alone, an estimated 580 people in our state will be diagnosed with melanoma. Nebraskans can take preventive steps to decrease these numbers. Exposure to UV radiation, through both sunlight and indoor tanning devices, is the most avoidable risk factor for skin cancer. Comprehensive laws that protect children under 18 from the harmful effects of tanning devices could dramatically decrease deaths due to skin cancer in Nebraska.

Unfortunately, Nebraska is falling short on legislative efforts to enact indoor tanning device restrictions, according to a recent report by the American Cancer Society.

I urge the Nebraska Legislature and governor to protect our kids against the dangers of indoor tanning by prohibiting people under 18 from using tanning devices, reducing their risk of developing the most commonly diagnosed cancer in our nation. Nebraska has the opportunity and responsibility to protect our youth from the dangers of indoor tanning.

Dr. Lisa Smith, Omaha

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