I appreciate your coverage of our agriculture community. I read the front page story about the grain bin accident back in February (OSHA cites Sikes Farm in silo incident; Friday, Aug. 23) and felt the need to respond.
As you know, many situations arise when it comes to farming, whether it's handling cattle, riding horses, or working with farm equipment that can be dangerous. OSHA has a job to do, but I believe proposed penalties are unwarranted. Greg Sikes has conducted a grain bin safety awareness clinic at his farm.
Anyone associated with agriculture in our area is familiar with Greg Sikes and how much his involvement impacts all of our lives positively. He hauls our cotton, fertilizer and our grain. He sharecrops with others so they can stay in the farming profession. He loans his equipment to those in need. He led an effort to assist storm victims in Alabama a couple of years ago, providing a truck and driver and all expenses, for that effort.
Greg is diligent in all he sets out to do, and in no way, willfully failing to provide for his employees.