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December 21, 2014

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letter to the editor:

Koch brothers’ newspaper effect

I normally do not bother to read or comment on articles I find on editorial pages, as I usually find them written by scared, angry white guys flailing about this perceived threat or saying who’s to blame for that grossly misunderstood issue. However, I recently had the opportunity to read the editorial pages of the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Sun.

What came to my attention in the R-J was the conservative wrath from Erik Telford about his “lack of confidence” in the appointing of the director of the Department of Agriculture’s Center for Nutrition Policy, indicating that this was going to adversely affect how millions of people eat, I guess because healthy food is harmful to us all.

I then read the Rekha Basu’s column in the Sun titled “You can’t escape the Kochs,” which got me to thinking about why Telford is so concerned about a government appointment.

So I did a little research and found that Telford, after graduating from college, began to work for the Koch organization Americans for Prosperity in 2008, then founded the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, for which he is now being paid as the senior vice president.

Further research indicates the Franklin Center is funded 100 percent by the Kochs.

This convinces me that the Kochs truly are everywhere, including the editorial pages of the R-J.

And they have created an entire new industry to employ conservatives to push forward their agenda.

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