Letters to the editor for November 7, 2012

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Sore losers

To the Editor,

I have the distinct feeling that after the election is over, whoever the loser is, is going to decry that there may be too many folks in the northeast and mid-west, that were not able to get out to vote.

Watch and see if there isn't a cry for a re-vote!

This could be a rather unique election, to say the least. Realistically, how many folks really can't get to the polls?

Makes you wonder, huh? The election should have been postponed for at least a week, to eliminate the possibility of such an event to take place.

We'll see.

Wally George


Prop 37 was

a good idea

To the Editor,

As consumers, we have the right to know what is in the food that we eat. Prop 37 required that Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) be labeled in our foods. Fifty other leading countries have already required this labeling to insure their consumers know what they are purchasing in their food products.

GMOs are foods that have been genetically engineered at the lab level extracting and sharing genes between various plant or animal organisms which artificially alter the DNA of the given organism. The species barrier is subverted; nature could never randomly do this. There have been no long term studies indicating whether these foods are safe to eat. As consumers we have the right to know what is in our foods with clear labeling so we can make choices as we already do with other existing food labeling.

Recently, I received a flyer in the mail funded by the multinational corporation, Monsanto, advocating the opposite of voting yes on 37. The flyer's approach was to undermine our better judgment by sowing seeds of doubt and growing fear and confusion. Nearly $1 million a day, by some accounts, was being spent by many chemical corporations to kill this "right to know" amendment. It begs the question, "What is it that they don't want us to know?" Make them tell us.

Jennifer Aguirre


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