Hill Blackett Jr.: A simple answer

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Recently, Ruth Young wrote a letter to the editor (“Redistribution of wealth,” Oct. 9 Steamboat Today) questioning why Yampa Valley ranchers would put up Mitt Romney signs while at the same time receiving transfer payments (subsidies) from the federal government.

The answer is simple. These subsidies have been going on since the Roosevelt administration, through Republican and Democratic administrations. No one wants to antagonize the farm vote, and the ranchers are well aware of this.

Hill Blackett Jr.

Steamboat Springs

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