No on I-522
Have you enjoyed a honeycrisp, sweet tango or, more recently, ambrosia variety of apple? Utilizing what nature provides and what agricultural science has learned, these delicious apple varieties have been cultivated as genetic modifications of an ancestor wild apple. This achievement is lauded.
Have you heard of golden rice? In the developing world, hundreds of thousands of infants die or become blind due to dietary lack of vitamin A. Two servings a day of golden rice may save children’s lives and rescue them from a sightless existence. This achievement is opposed.
And, so, similar interests — as those opposing golden rice — are at work in Washington state to oppose the prudent application of agricultural science, confuse and frighten consumers and lay a costly economic burden on our farmers, orchardists, businesses and state government. These regulations do not exist in any other state. The regulations would be conflicting and contradictory. And, did I mention expensive? If passed, you and your neighbors will bear the cost.
It seems to me that the advocates of this initiative must be driven by ideology and/or an interest in using the force of law to gain an economic advantage in our marketplace. Tell them no. Vote no Initiative 522.
David J. Houghland, MD
Sealby and Kelso
The tennis courts at the high school have been condemned! The bleachers at Recreation Park? Condemned! We are the only 4A school in the state without bathrooms or bleachers at the track. And the high school that was built in 1972 to hold 1,300 students now accommodates 2,100. We need new leadership and representation on the School Board now more than ever!
Our schools represent our community. Changes need to be made, and I believe the place to start is to make a change in the School Board. Consider this: 1) Only one current School Board member has a child in the Wenatchee School District; 2)three members have either worked for the school district or have spouses who are currently employed by the school district, and thus have an obvious conflict of interest in decisions made at school board meetings; and 3)four of five board members are either retired or work for a government agency, which is hardly fair representation for how to spend our tax dollars.
Changes are needed at the top, and that has to start with electing School Board members who will put the needs of the kids first. I encourage you to make a vote for our kids in November by voting for Robert Sealby and Ryan Kelso.
We have a long tradition here in Washington of citizen initiatives ( we were pioneers of the initiative process). We also have a long tradition of massive injections of corporate millions to successfully squash these,ie, recycling twice, and many others. Washington, it is time to stand up against unbridled corporate power buying all the government they can afford, and vote yes on Initiative 522. The intent is simply to continue the 100 years of law guaranteeing full disclosure of the contents of our foods. When Consumers Union which almost never endorses anything, comes out strongly in favor we should take heed.
Initiative 522, which is a true citizens’ initiative, asks only that we be told what we are buying to feed our families, is modeled on regulations in long use in many of the 65 countries that already regulate or completely ban GMOs in their food supply. And it will cost us nothing, contrary to the waves of lies and half-truths we are awash with. Three months after the election, the truth will come out, too late for us to change our minds. The company producing this stream of bull has defended the tobacco industry, the Exxon Valdez oil spill, the BP oil spill and many others. As reported on 60 Minutes, their proven strategy is to instill doubt and confusion into our decision making. When in doubt or confused, they know that many of us will vote no.
Voters of Washington, don’t be confused. Vote to defend your right to know. They would have us believe that being first in the nation is a bad thing. We have always been pioneers of social change in America here in Washington. Let’s continue this tradition and stop the corporate buying of our elections.
Political pundit Norm Ornstein says our American society has become a tribal society. We have divided ourselves into camps of like-minded people who see everyone outside our camp as enemies. “If you’re for it, I’m against it,” is the thinking that characterizes tribalism. We end up speaking past other people, not to other people.
Tribalism takes the place of rational, constructive decision-making based on collaborative discussion and debate. It results in people agreeing that the issue or policy supported by a certain candidate has merit, but voting against the candidate anyway, simply because of his/her “tribal” identity. Tribe trumps truth.
Where, in our American educational system, the American family, and the religious community, are our children, the next generation of Americans, being taught and equipped to resist and overcome this socially and politically debilitating dynamic of tribalism?
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