Prop. 8 Trial Could Determine If A Majority Vote is Valid in California

To The Editor:
California voters have voted twice against same sex marriage and now find their vote being challenged in California Courts in San Francisco.
The trial began today in the same region of California that ruled against the voters in 2008. The trial is slated as a turning point in the battle over marriage in the United States.
But one has to ask if the “People” have voted and their vote came to a majority how can their vote just be thrown out by Judges?  Then WHY DO WE VOTE?  Are “WE THE PEOPLE,” STILL THE GOVERNMENT in the United States or is it the Judges?
It will be an interesting next three weeks as we watch our role in government slip away from the people and into the hands of the courts.
Last December The Imperial County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to intervene. Board Chairman Wally Leimgruber said there were many reasons for the intervention. One was to protect the local voter’s decision to ban same sex marriage that passed by a 72% vote in 2008. The intent was to become a defendant in the federal case. The petition was filed, but District Judge Vaughn Walker has yet to announce his decision on the petition.
The litigation seeks to over turn the 2008 vote, saying the ballot measure, Proposition 8 was unconstitutional. The trial is expected to last 3-4 weeks. Whatever the decision by Judge Walker, it is expected to be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Jim Predmore

Keeping Food Safe

Keeping Food Safe Is Major Part of U.S. Agriculture

Holtville Farmer  Featured On CBS Documentary

(The following was part of a documentary on food safety presented by CBS news. Farmer Jack Vessey was featured as part of the broadcast.)
Where America Stands: Food Safety
Despite a decade marked by a number of food safety scares, most Americans are somewhat confident in what they eat. As Bill Whitaker reports, what can
be done to make our food safer?
“What’s it Like to Suffer from E Coli?”
Twelve-year-old, Rylee Gustafson and her mother, Kathleen Chrismer speak about Rylee’s experience while suffering from E Coli.
The U.S. has one of the safest food supplies in the world, but while our foods are bountiful, they’re also inconsistently regulated.  (CBS)
America’s Dwindling Water Supply
When it comes to agriculture, America is indeed the land of plenty. Foods raised here and imported from around the world provide greater abundance and choice than ever before. But while our foods are bountiful, they’re also inconsistently regulated.
The U.S. has one of the safest food supplies in the world, but the report card is mixed, reports CBS News Correspondent Bill Whitaker. Every year 33 percent of Canadians get sick from what they eat. In the U.S., it’s 25 percent.
But in England it’s only 2 percent and in France just 1 percent. In both places food is grown more locally and on a smaller scale than in North America.
For part of the CBS News series “Where America Stands,” a recent poll found that just one in three Americans are very confident that the food they buy is safe although the vast majority are at least somewhat confident that their food is safe.

Proposition 8 Trial Begins This Week In San Francisco

By Mario Conde
The trial to decide the faith of Same-Sex Marriage  California  started Monday at the  9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.
The lawsuit was filed by gay-marriage backers and  addresses the constitutionality of Prop. 8. It is expected to have national consequences. Proposition 8 passed in 2008 where California voters decided that marriage in California should be between a man and a woman.
Representing the gay side are attorneys Ted Olson and David Boies, who, in 2000, argued opposite sides of the Bush/Gore “hanging chad” election debate  before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Intervening for the gay side is the city of San Francisco. Gay rights groups Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Center for Lesbian Rights were blocked from intervening after they angered Olson and Boies by speaking ill of the case, saying it was poorly timed and unwise. The groups do have advisory status as “friends of the court.”
The defendants in the case, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Attorney General Jerry Brown, state health officials, and the counties of Alameda and Los Angeles, are not expected to actually defend Prop. 8, and Brown has said he agrees with Olson and Boies that it violates the U.S. Constitution.
Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker will be the Judge for this case. Judge Walker was appointed by President George H.W. Bush in 1989. Walker has a reputation of being a libertarian and maverick on the bench according to some analysts.
Both sides will appeal the Judge’s decisión whatever the outcome is.

Fair exhibit deadlines coming up soon

The deadline for entries in the 2010 California Mid-Winter Fair and Fiesta will be Jan. 22 for open adult exhibits.

The entry deadline for open youth exhibits is Jan. 29.

Rules for all entries are contained in the Exhibitor Handbook, available at the main office of the Imperial Valley Expo, local chambers of commerce and on the Imperial Valley Expo’s website at