Lillian M. Lake
May 2, 2012
Bussie recounted the story of a visitor he had recently. Note, I said visitor, not guest, although, knowing Bussie, he doesn't much discern between the two, but I do. Inspectors from the Department of Homeland Security came knocking on his door. Bussie told us two farms in Maine received visits. Now for the most part it was SOP, but then came the question of his identity. He hadn't made application proving he is indeed who he says he is and a citizen of these United States. Well, Bussie informed them of his family's lineage in the Western Mts of Maine, but Bussie's word, that the rest of us would stake our life on, wasn't enough for DHS, Bussie had to show proof positive paperwork he is indeed a citizen. I won't speak for Bussie, but I can tell you I heard the emotion in his voice as he told his story. I know for myself I sometimes struggle to get my head wrapped around the fact I'm spending my time fighting for the right to do things that were considered just routine when I was a kid. Now with some of those things I have to let the government know what I'm doing; who I'm doing it with; how often; and how satisfied I am.
Mark, in his presentation shared a prayer he says many farmers wake up with each day. To paraphrase: Dear Lord, don't let me be held accountable today for a regulation I'm supposed to know about and don't. That leads into the next recounting by Bussie.
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