I FEEL COMPELLED to comment on recent political comment about trade’s impact on the Shenandoah Valley’s agricultural economy. Some comments are falsely accusing Congressman Bob Goodlatte’s favoring foreign ag imports over home-grown interests.

Setting the record straight, Goodlatte, as leader of the House Ag Committee, is a steadfast supporter of Virginia’s farm community. With his support of the Sugar Policy Modernization Act, he’s championing consumers, taxpayers and local manufacturing in Virginia’s 6th district. He understands the damage antiquated Fed sugar programs cause to consumers and manufacturers. He remains steadfast behind the need for comprehensive reform through the farm bill.

Those who say he supports foreign interests are untruthful! There are no sugar farmers or processors within hundreds of miles of our 6th district.

Our local taxpayers fund Soviet style programs; also manufacturers cannot afford to expand with the district due to over-priced domestic sugar that inflates retail prices. Goodlatte understands!

Bruce Hart


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I have not been a fan of Goodlatte, but my farmer cousin says he has been good for farmers.


Then I look forward to Goodlatte speaking out against Trump's impending trade war, since that will harm the farm community.


Landes refusing the job may be the best you get.

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