Konrad Heid, a Globe guest columnist, asks: “When was the last time you were hungry more than a few hours? Have you ever seen shelves empty of food at the grocery store where you shop?”

He then writes in favor of continuing the subsidies now going to large farms and telling all what they can grow and sell. I agree with those who suggest the government should get out of the farming business. Totally out.

Farmers should decide for themselves what crops they will plant, harvest and sell. Those whose choices prove costly should bear the cost of their choices. Those who planted and planned wisely should prosper. Government should be small, and ours has become very large indeed.

Ray Downen


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