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Letter to the Editor: Kudos to Goodlatte

Editor:

Recently, the sugar cartels won in their latest attempt to enrich themselves at the cost of the American consumer. Fortunately, not every member of Congress acted like a puppet!  Congressman Bob Goodlatte voted for reform and continues to be hero for sugar reform.  He is a stalwart opponent of the nation’s beet and cane sugar cartels and continues to fight for consumers!

Thanks to the puppets in the pockets of the sugar cartels, the U.S. Sugar Program continues.  The Sugar Program is a Soviet-style command and control scheme that restricts planting and imports.  This inflates the price of sugar in the United States to almost double the world price. So, when you go to the store to buy a snack cake or anything sweetened, you pay more!

According to the American Enterprise Institute, the program means Americans pay $3.5 billion every year in increased grocery costs, which breaks down to upwards of $58 per family.

This outdated commodity program needs to be modernized, yet Congress continues to balk at every turn.  Every day Congress fails, it’s another day that an American family pays more!  Fortunately, there are real representatives like Mr. Goodlatte fighting for the people and not the cartels.

The Independent Bakers’ Association is an international trade association that fights to protect the interests of mostly family owned wholesale bakers and allied trades.

Nicholas A. Pyle, president, Independent Bakers’ Association

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