Tricounty News

A different view of GMOs

I was very disappointed with the March 21 article on Genetically Modified Foods. The article begins by insinuating that people who oppose genetically modified organisms are ignorant. But are we fools if we question what the producers of genetically engineered foods tell us?

There is a fable about a king who was approached by two tailors. These tailors claimed to make robes of a fine silk, so fine in fact that fools cannot see them. The king was intrigued, but when they began sewing them, he couldn’t see the silk. Not wanting to admit he was a fool the king exclaimed that the robes were magnificent! He paid the tailors handsomely and they left. The king then paraded through the town entirely nude.

Genetically engineered foods are much more complex than robes, but we can be equally fooled with much graver results if we take only the word of those sowing.

Christopher Gustafson


Don't give up on Kingston!

Have you ever been really sure of something and then learned more facts that resulted in your changing your mind? That happened to me. I’m one of the first signers on the petition for the city of Kingston to dissolve. When I signed the petition, then-mayor John Smith had announced firmly that he would not run for mayor for another term. I believe John was the best mayor Kingston has had in the 20-plus years my husband and I have lived in Kingston. Along with John’s announcement was the fact that it has been difficult in recent years to get people to run for city council. So, I sadly felt it may be time to dissolve the city.