Do some research
In the June 5 issue of The Wenatchee World Tracy Warner wrote an editorial expressing disdain for those concerned about GMO (genetically modified) crops, specifically wheat.
Responding to recent concerns generated by unapproved GMO wheat discovered on an Oregon farm, Warner stated that Japan and South Korea are “acting irrationally” in their response regarding the future importation of Pacific Northwest wheat. (The number of nations actively rejecting GMO products is growing.)
There is no indication that Mr. Warner researched this topic, or read non-industry research. Non-industry research indicates the dangers of GMOs — both plant and animal — in the human and animal food chain.
Opinions, of employees and/or owners of the newspaper, should be presented as just that, i.e. “It is my opinion…” Mr. Warner’s piece left the impression that “facts” were presented, thereby misleading the readership.
In a personal email, I offered to assist Warner in finding non-industry information regarding GMO crops and provided a comprehensive bibliography of current materials.
In plants or animals, breeding/evolutionary adaptation is totally different than genetic manipulation/engineering/modification. Case in point: the Gaines strain of wheat, and the related strain known as Xerpha, were produced over a period of time in post-World War II Washington state using recognized methods of cross-breeding.
Conversely, GMO corn, soybeans, and canola have been created by inserting a gene that is foreign to those plants — a gene that has been programmed to resist the potent Monsanto herbicide Roundup. In most cases of genetic manipulation, the carrier gene is a bacteria. GMO plants are doused repeatedly with Roundup so that not only is the consumer ingesting a plant species that is unlike anything from nature, the consumer is also ingesting a goodly amount of herbicide as well.
Oral health is crucial
I would like to extend my best wishes to Bob Golie for a full, speedy recovery from his heart condition (“Common Ground: Bob Golie needs another miracle,” May 25). As Bob himself noted, his unfortunate situation presents an opportunity to educate people about the importance of oral health and the negative effects that oral disease can have on overall health.
As Bob experienced, bacteria from the mouth can travel through the bloodstream and cause infections elsewhere in the body. Oral health problems can also increase the risk of stroke and pregnancy complications. For people with diabetes, gum disease can make it difficult to control blood sugar and lead to devastating complications, including blindness and amputation.
Preventing oral disease should be a priority. One way the state can promote oral health is by fully funding the Medicaid adult dental program, as the House proposed. This will provide coverage for essential procedures like fillings and root canals. Without this crucial care, people will still turn to emergency rooms to seek relief from dental pain. Today, the No. 1 reason the uninsured visit the ER is for dental problems. ERs aren’t able to resolve underlying dental issues and which grow worse and more expensive to treat over time.
Adult dental coverage also affects the well-being of the entire family. We know that when parents have access to dental coverage, they are more likely to ensure that their children also receive dental care.
Thank you to Bob and Mayor Frank Kuntz for calling attention to the health consequences associated with oral health problems. I encourage the Legislature to help people avoid those problems by providing dental coverage for low-income adults. The mouth is not separate from the rest of the body and that is why good health must include good oral health.
Down to business
To the young man in the blue plaid shirt:
We take pride in our lawn and spend quite a bit of time and effort to maintain it. Last Saturday morning (June 1), I saw you walk up and stand drinking your coffee and looking around. I noticed the leash around your wrist and stood up to see where your dog was. There it was, doing its business on my lawn while you, apparently, were off in la la land and didn’t seem to notice. I came to the window and knocked really loud to get your attention. The dog ran across the street to the corner lawn and finished its “business.” I have a small dog and also babysit my “grand dog” so I have plenty of “love droppings” of my own to pick up. I would really appreciate it if you could pick another street to take your walk. Had you had a poop bag with you, you wouldn’t have had to pick it up with your bare hands, which I thought was a just reward.
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