Letter: Vote for Walt Boyer for District 3 Soil and Water Board
August 26, 2022
My name is Walt Boyer, and I am running for Alachua County District 3 Soil and Water Board. The reason I am running for this seat is to be a “speedbump” between the Alachua County government and Alachua County property owners, which includes our farmers/ranchers.
While a concern for the quality of our soil and of our water is laudable, our farmers and ranchers are probably the best equipped to understand those quality concerns. Everything they do is predicated on having high-quality soil and clean plentiful water, from growing the crops to raising the cattle that we as humans need in order to exist.
I feel there needs to be a voice on this board that reflects more than just the urban core voice in Alachua County. The decisions that come from this board shape the policies that our Board of County Commissioners follow and implement through regulation and taxation. If left unchallenged, I feel that the end goal of this board would be to have our farmers and ranchers regulated out of existence, as well as the real possibility that the County will use those regulations as a revenue source and a way to control other property owners in the county. If left unchallenged, this board would push every climate change narrative in order to get those regulations implemented.
I am not a climate change “denier” and recognize that our planet is constantly going through changes and has been for several billions of years. We have gone through extreme cooling as well as extreme heat cycles, and one always follows the other. Man’s impact on this has been negligible, and no amount of money taken from people will change the cyclical nature of this truth. To this date, every single predicted climate catastrophe pushed by those who want to separate you from your money has been wrong.
I will say the following: let’s look at soil and water conservation as a conversation to be had WITH the input of everyone and not just the select few who believe they know what is best for all others. And if I am blessed enough to be chosen for this seat, this is what I will bring to the table for all Alachua County citizens.
Walt Boyer, Newberry Candidate for Alachua County District 3 Soil and Water Board
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