I don’t understand the war on farming. East Hampton is considering whether to fine or even jail farmers who don’t take measures to prevent the spread of dust from their fields [“Farmers: Possible jail time for dust storms is too much,” News, July 25].
Farming is hard, dirty, physical work that’s at the mercy of nature. Financial rewards are unpredictable at best. We should go easy on farmers; they grow our food. The alternative is to regulate farms to the point of insolvency, develop their land and import our food.
As the daughter of a North Fork potato farmer, I sympathize with the plight of the farmers amid increasing regulation. While I understand that dust can endanger public health, my answer is that people with health issues should move to a community that better fits their needs.
Sharon Breitenbach Tanzi, Mastic Beach