After finishing our last tour, we have stopped at a farm in western Ohio. Here we’ve been involved with most every aspect of farming: baling hay, helping with a big garden, feeding the animals (cows, chickens, sheep…). Good hard, clean work. And something that is key to our platform. Our Sarah, 15, recently wrote in her journal: “We lift 50 lb bales of hay off the wagon. It’s hot, dusty work — but you get muscles.” On a stop in rural Thorp, Wisconsin, during Campaign 2000, we met with Bernie Stuttgen. He’d been a phys. ed. teacher at Thorp High School for 30 years. He said with the decline of the small family farm in America, a lot of kids are now “out of shape.” That is, the work on the farm not only helped develop a work ethic in the youth, it also helped them develop, well, muscles. Our platform calls for a return of the small family farm in America. In fact, we’d like to see a return to a primarily agrarian-based society again. One where organic growing was predominant, again like the old days. Organic farming is more labor intensive, which could tremendously impact unemployment in the nation. And it would produce a new, and healthier, generation of youth. For more on our agriculture platform… Note: We are trying to raise campaign donations for the next phase. If you can help, please send your check to: Schriner Presidential Election Committee, 14304 Mangen Rd., Yorkshire, Ohio 45388-9715.