Tuesday May 7, 2013

GMO labeling: It’s
our right to know

Editor of the Reformer:

I am writing to you regarding the Vermont Right To Know GMO Labeling bill (H.112).

I attend the School of International Training here in Brattleboro, and study the implications of GMOs in our food system. My issue with GE food is that there hasn’t been much research done on the long-term affects of GMOs in our food chain. Additionally, I am very concerned about all of the pesticides and herbicides spayed on GE crops. Scientists recently found that the insecticide in GE corn is now showing up in our bloodstream and in umbilical cord blood of pregnant mothers. This is very scary to me.

In Europe and many other countries including China there are labeling laws to protect consumers. I would like to see the same GMO labeling laws be enforced here in Vermont and all over the United States. I feel strongly that I have the right to know what is lurking in my food, and transparency from the food companies is the only fair and acceptable solution.

Kiera Einhorn,

Brattleboro, April 30

Response to recent crime/time letter

Editor of the Reformer:

This letter is in response to the May 1 letter written by Matthew Cook titled "Does the time (and cost) match the crime?" First, I would ask Mr. Cook if he knows Amanda Krause (I do) and if she has a criminal history and if so, how extensive is her record? Second, is he aware that Ms. Krause agreed to the plea? I can’t speak for Deputy State’s Attorney David Gartenstein or Ms. Krause’s attorney, but I suspect that neither of them, nor Ms. Krause, settled on a jail sentence lightly.

Also, I wonder if Mr. Cook, or one of his family members, had been the victim of a theft such as the ones Amanda plead guilty to, would he feel the same way?

Judy Lidie,

Bellows Falls, May 3

Donors sought for Mt. Monadnock documentary

Editor of the Reformer:

There are numerous people in this area who have enjoyed climbing Mount Monadnock and may be interested to know that they can help complete the first-ever documentary on Mount Monadnock, America’s most climbed mountain. Rabbit Ear Films, a local non-profit filmmaking company, launched an Indiegogo Fundraising Campaign on Wednesday, May 1, to help complete the documentary "Monandock -- The Mountain That Stands Alone."

The feature length high definition film, is in the final phase of post-production when taped interviews of first person stories about the mountain are combined with still photographs, video taken on the mountain, narration and music. Research and production are completed. This has been a three-year effort with film completion targeted for the end of 2013.

"Monadnock -- The Mountain That Stands Alone" will be a 90-minute documentary about the rich history of Mount Monadnock combined with hikers’ unique stories that will inspire and enrich people locally, regionally and beyond. No historical documentary has been done before about Mount Monadnock, located in the Monadnock Region of southwestern New Hampshire. The film will delve into the decades-long process of preserving the mountain and will capture what draws hikers to climb it over and over again, one hardy soul on a daily basis for nearly eight years.

The Rabbit Ear film crew has experience in producing quality documentary films and "Monandock -- The Mountain That Stands Alone" will be presented at film festivals, schools and historical societies. The group also will seek presentation on PBS.

"Monandock -- The Mountain That Stands Alone" documentary will be dedicated to the late David Knight of Marlborough, N.H., a respected community leader who appreciated Mount Monadnock and hiked it frequently. The film has been endorsed by Monadnock Conservancy and Society For The Protection of New Hampshire Forest (Forest Society), and Harris Center For Conservation Education. Sponsors include Monadnock Imaging, RJ Sports, True North Networks and grants have been received from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, The Bean Family Foundation, and The Faulkner Family Fund.

Even with such generous support, $15,000 in needed to complete the film and you could make this a true community effort by contributing to this crowdfunding effort. The Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, where people contribute to the film project online in whatever amount they choose, will run through June 14. All contributions will be tax deductible. To make a donation, visit http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/monadnock-the-mountain-that-stands-alone/x/2733517. Or please go to www.monadnockfilm.com.

I hope you will become a part of this documentary project.

Steve Hooper,

executive producer,

Keene, N.H., April 26

Questions surround Boston bombings

Editor of the Reformer:

According to forward.com, two days after the Boston bombings, Ron Dermer, an advisor to Benjamin Netanyahu, told a closed-door meeting of U.S. Jewish leaders that the Boston bombings would be good for Israel, just as 9/11 had been.

However, on April 28, the headline on the front page of Haaretz bemoaned: "Even after Boston, there is more anti-Jewish than anti-Muslim sentiment in U.S., says ADL’s Foxman."

Two things were all over the Internet immediately following the bomb blasts in Boston. First were the many odd photos of security-type-guys around the finish line, all wearing black jackets and heavily-packed black backpacks. One of them was wearing a cap with a Craft Int’l logo. Craft’s motto is: "Despite what your momma told you ... violence does solve problems." The company was founded by recently murdered super-sniper Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. Second was a tweet by the Boston Globe saying: "Officials: There will be a controlled explosion opposite the library within one minute as part of bomb squad activities."

Next, I saw an anonymous post on April 15 from someone claiming to work on a security commission, and stating, in part: "They won’t find the suspect till later this week and the raid is issued to occur on Friday. This was a staged event. The people hurt are real but the event was planned."

My first gut response to the bombings was that they reminded me of the anthrax attacks. I immediately wondered what was going to be shoved down our throats (i.e., like the Patriot Act). Imagine my surprise when ricin-laced letters were in the news the next day. As part of that story, NPR reported that Sen. Mary Landrieu got the news while in a "classified briefing about Boston." Now, why would a briefing about Boston need to be classified?

Next was NPR’s bizarre interview with Dr. Schoenfeld of Beth Israel. The doctor claims to have been part of the ER team when Tamerlan Tsarnaev was brought in, but the transcript reads like a comedy shtick. When pressed to characterize the suspect’s wounds, Dr. Schoenfeld could only say how "Dr. Wolfe, the chair of our department" characterized them. Pressed further: "you know, for lack of a better term, a hole in the body." Dr. Schoenfeld’s page on the Beth Israel website is blank.

Something doesn’t seem right.

Jacqueline Brook,

Putney, May 3