Letters to the Editor

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Tag: I 522

Oct.
31st

I-522: Don’t support government expansion

I decided to vote against Initiative 522.

While I am sure the supporters of the initiative have the best of intentions in mind, I am worried about the unintended consequences.

I-522 will mean yet another expansion of government with the hiring of new bureaucrats to administer and enforce the new law. That means more people receiving government pay and benefits at the expense of the private sector.

The private sector produces all of the wealth of a society. Government cannot produce wealth; it can only re-distribute it. With the passage of I-522, we will again be taking wealth out of

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Oct.
30th

I-522: Yes side seems closer to the truth

Upon reading the text of Initiative 522, I am still almost as confused as I was after listening to the opposing TV ads. However, I do believe the supporters are closer to the truth than the opponents.

Why has the “no” campaign poured in three times the amount of money as the “yes” campaign? It seems that certain large corporations with very deep pockets, which also handle or promote GMO products, do not want their secrets revealed. What are they hiding? Let’s find out.

I have heard it mentioned that this “law” is flawed, is imperfect. That sounds like many

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Oct.
30th

I-522: Hidden agenda is anti-science

If passed, Initiative 522 would require product label information disclosure about genetically altered processes in the manufacture of food items in Washington state. Such passage would create unintended consequences (higher prices, preference manipulation and a decline in innovation) for Washington residents.

Genetically modified food items represent the by-product of scientific discovery. Human life expectancy has increased rapidly since the Middle Ages due largely in part to scientific discovery. The unmentioned strategy for critics of genetically modified food items is to shape consumer choice by promoting organic or whole food items over genetically enhanced products.

Such a preference is nothing more

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Oct.
30th

I-522: Label changes won’t be expensive

Re: “Anti-labeling side sets record with nearly $22 million” (TNT, 10-30).

I wonder why someone would spend $22 million to save fractions of a cent on changing labeling?
My guess is that labeling has nothing to do with what they are spending and more to do with the fact that they don’t want us to know that they are changing our food.

I worked in manufacturing and changed labels for each new customer. They never had to charge more because the change was only a matter of typing in the change in the computer and waiting for the

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Oct.
29th

I-522: Facts don’t warrant voting yes

We’re hearing a lot of emotional arguments from proponents of Initiative 522, but can we just look at the facts?

The majority of scientific and medical experts – including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the National Academy of Sciences – have studied foods using modern biotechnology and found them to be safe. Yet I-522 would put what is essentially a warning label on these foods, misleading consumers into believing they have something to fear.

Facts should be the basis for policy decisions regarding health and safety, not politics and unfounded

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Oct.
28th

I-522: How far can we trust scientific studies of GMOs?

When I was a child, we were told that DDT was not harmful to us. In the 1950s, our military members were told that radiation could not hurt them as they watched the atomic bomb testing with no protective clothing.

Our Vietnam veterans were called malingerers and worse when they told us of the effects of Agent Orange. Now, not only are our veterans dying of these terrible effects, but so are their children. Many of our friends have had to deal with this terrible scourge. We have personally witnessed the tragic results.

Mad cow disease was a terrible outbreak

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Oct.
24th

I-522: No reputable study shows problem with GMO food

DNA is not a virus. When you ingest food, your body simply extracts proteins and nutrients and after a few minutes sitting in stomach acid, any of the (dead) plant or animal cells containing (dead) DNA are no longer cells or DNA anyway.

I searched and found no reputable scientific study showing GMO food to be a problem. I did find lots of scary stories about what “might” happen, along with photos of deformed dead mice and so forth. The lack of science is probably why the pro-522 folks have avoided making any such claims, relying instead on scary pseudo-science

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Oct.
24th

I-522: Don’t believe the lies from labeling opponents

Washington voters can accomplish something extraordinary, something California couldn’t do, something over 60 civilized nations already do, and which will empower us as citizens, starting a wave across the nation for the 9 out of 10 Americans who say they want it done: Vote YES on I-522 to label genetically-engineered products.

There’s one major obstacle: the heavy flow of misinformation and lies the biotech and food corporations are spending millions of dollars on, to confuse us. Unfortunately there’s no law against lying and distortion in a campaign, and sadly, they’re very good at it.

Fact: Labeling foods will NOT raise

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