Right to harm Dan Mack

Tonopah resident Dan Mack, left, is interviewed for “Right to Harm” by directors Matt Wechsler and Annie Speicher.

Did Jim Manos actually watch my film, “Right to Harm?” That is the question I asked myself after reading his response to an article posted in the West Valley View on May 8. Several statements by Mr. Manos are false and I am responding to set the record straight.

Mr. Manos stated the film claims “that CAFOs release more than 160 toxins.” The film does not claim that. Did Mr. Manos watch the film? That statistic is stated on our website and has nothing to do with the Hickman’s operation, nor does it refer to the Hickman’s operation. It is in reference to liquefied animal waste and the statistic is from an EPA study conducted in 2015.

Mr. Manos implies that the film states the Hickman’s operation receives government subsidies. No such comment exists in the film. Again, did Mr. Manos watch the film?

Mr. Manos asks how farmers would fertilize their fields without spreading liquid manure. This is an absurd question. Again, did Mr. Manos watch the film? There is over 6 minutes of content discussing pastured animal operations, where animals fertilize a field the same way that have for millions of years. Is that not a viable solution?

Mr. Manos takes issue with the film’s inclusion of comments from Tonopah residents stating that Clint Hickman’s position as a county supervisor is a “conflict of interest.” Perhaps it is not a conflict of interest, but it’s certainly convenient. We would have a more definitive answer if he had replied to my request for an interview, but he did not.

In the words of Mr. Manos, “Say things often and loud enough and people will begin to believe they are true.” Yes, like a chicken in a tuxedo with sunglasses on. After all, I saw it on a billboard.

Matt Wechsler is the director and cinematographer of “Right to Harm.”