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March 1, 2011 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Frank Woodruff Buckles, a onetime Missouri farm boy who was the last known living American veteran of World War I, has died. He was 110. Buckles, who later spent more than three years in a Japanese internment camp in the Philippines during World War II, died Sunday of natural causes at his home in Charles Town, W.Va., family spokesman David DeJonge said. A total of 4,734,991 Americans served in the military during World War I, from 1914 to 1918. "I always knew I'd be one of the last because I was one of the youngest when I joined," Buckles told the New York Daily News in 2008, when he was 107. "But I never thought I'd be the last one. " Earning that distinction resulted in numerous honors for Buckles.
June 24, 1989
Trade Big Game James Worthy? Sell the farm first. DEBORAH PITTS La Canada
November 16, 2006
Re "Judge to OK sludge transfer," Nov. 14 Sewer sludge contains toxics and heavy metals, some of which are carcinogenic. Kern County is doing the right thing in fighting against dumping Los Angeles sludge on farm fields near Bakersfield. In the 1960s, a cluster of a certain cancer occurred among the San Francisco 49ers football team. It was traced to a fertilizer put on a practice field. In Minnesota, sewer sludge put on fields owned by a large agribusiness contaminated a neighboring farm through wind erosion.
May 24, 1989
Deere & Co.: The Moline, Ill., company said second-quarter profit climbed 51% to $130.5 million. Sales rose 15% to $1.67 billion. The farm equipment maker cited signs of recovery in the farm economy for the gains. It added that production was higher worldwide and there was less price discounting.
July 1, 2008
Re "He's digging 'Farm,' " June 26 I read with interest that Barack Obama likes the Bob Dylan song "Maggie's Farm." May I suggest a Dylan lyric for John McCain to consider: "How many deaths will it take 'till he knows that too many people have died?" L. John Ernst Chatsworth
May 21, 1987
Your editorial (April 15), "Leaky Water Law," while containing some misconceptions, is well captioned. If the intent of the Reclamation Reform Act was, as you contend, to limit the eligibility of all farm operations to no more than 960 acres, then the law is truly leaky. The new law does set some limitations but leaves many farm ownership and management practices unrestricted. Your editorial notes that the law raised the entitlement limit for low-cost water to 960 acres in order to recognize reality without penalizing the "true family farm."
February 21, 2013 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
For California farmers, the use of undocumented workers is a fact of life. "Bottom line, if I have to verify everyone, I'm not going to be able to harvest my crop," explains one farm owner, Mark Teixeira of Santa Maria. When authorities clamp down, Teixeira and others can't get the labor they need to collect their produce. He said he let 22 acres of vegetables rot last year, and another farmer said he abandoned thousands of dollars of cherries. George Skelton says in Thursday's column that California farms need changes in the country's immigration system that allow them to have a steady workforce.
November 2, 1997
Re "Pierce Must Balance Saving Its Past and Facing Its Future" Oct. 19. Even though I drive by Pierce College on a weekly basis, I had never paid much attention to the farm. I can say, though, that the land is not too attractive [and] seems out of place, with cars zooming by on Victory Boulevard. Neighbors may complain that they would rather have a farm [near] their homes than another mini-mall crowded with people, but will they put money and effort into keeping the farm as it is?
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