A reprise of Editorial Board recommendations for ballot measures in Tuesday’s election:
Initiative 517 — Most of this initiative is an unnecessary and unwarranted elevation of initiative signature gatherers to exalted status. The initiative would make it difficult to exclude signature gatherers from any public facility, including sports stadiums or fairs or parks. The privilege would extend even to the entrance of “any store” regardless of the property owner’s desire. The time allowed for signature collecting would double. A clause requiring public votes on local initiatives seems buried underneath it all. First Amendment rights are for all, signature seekers no more than others. Vote no.
Initiative 522 — This initiative would require most processed food to have large, conspicuous labels on the front of packages warning of genetically engineered content inside. The requirement is inconsistent — labels would be required on food with no GMO content, simply because they were refined from modified plants, while exempting foods that do have modified ingredients — dairy products, wine, restaurant meals, etc. The labeling requirement is unnecessary — all legitimate science attests to the safety of GMO foods. There is no reason to label safe food because of ideological distaste for the way it was grown. Vote no.
This is the opinion of The Wenatchee World and its Editorial Board: Publisher Rufus Woods, Editor Cal FitzSimmons and Editorial Page Editor Tracy Warner.