Poor Judgment & Facing Critics

Poor Judgment & Facing Critics

Poor Judgment & Facing Critics plus Food Forethought. I’m Greg Martin with today’s Northwest Report.

The President of the nation’s largest farm organization told members that they must address the criticisms and misunderstanding about modern agriculture because they’re not going away. Stallman says farmers and ranchers need to face critics with a new attitude.

STALLMAN: Our adversaries are skillful at taking advantage of our politeness. Publicly they call for friendly dialog; while private their tactics are far from that. Who could blame us for thinking the avalanche of misguided, activist driven regulation on labor and environment being proposed in Washington is anything but unfriendly.

I have to admit that I sometimes have felt the boredom and have fought the urge to do something like this next story. Joseph Johnson of Salem, Oregon was just trying to keep from being bored on a flight from Portland to Maui when he filled out a Hawaiian Airlines comment card with some odd ramblings. Flight attendants opened the envelope which was meant to be mailed to corporate headquarters and after reading Johnson’s comments informed the Captain who promptly turned the plane around and landed back in Portland where Johnson was escorted off the plane by authorities. He says it was a joke and obviously a bad bit of judgment although reading his comments I get the opinion the airlines needs to lighten up a bit.

Now with today’s Food Forethought, here’s Lacy Gray.

Blogging started out as personal on-line diaries shared with a few close friends or family members. Today blogging has gone mainstream with everyone from the teenager down the street to Fortune 500 companies and even the agricultural community keeping a running blog. To mimic an old comedy routine, that can be a good thing and that can be a bad thing. Not all blogs are created equal. Unfortunately there are a lot of bloggers out there who seem to be engrossed in a more narcissistic approach to blogging, the internet’s very own version of “people talking just to hear themselves talk”. Due to the fact that many blogs are based on anonymity a vindictive and even viscous streak can run through them. On the up side being a successful blogger is all about making that connection with an audience and blogging can definitely enhance a company’s public relations, branding and marketing purposes. So if your blogging, keep it fresh, keep it civil, and keep it short!

Thanks Lacy. That’s today’s Northwest Report. I’m Greg Martin on the Northwest Ag Information Network.


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