Initiative 522: Yes
When I received a beautiful, four-color flier in the mail which spoke against Initiative 522, which would require the food industry to identify food containing genetically modified organisms (GMO), I thought, "Wow, this is well done!"
I wondered who put it out.
The second, third and fourth expensive four-color fliers helped me identify the food industry. This expensive, well-done campaign against I-522 brought to mind a quote (out of context) from Shakespeare's Hamlet, "The lady doth protest too much, methinks."
Proponents argue, for instance, that GMOs can be engineered to withstand negative effects of pesticides so farmers can spray entire fields killing undesirable weeds without harming crops.
Opponents fear that GMO crops and associated sprays put humans at risk and could produce antibiotic-resistant illnesses that modern medicine can't treat.
I can't say what is correct. I doubt that we have sufficient long-term research to say. Until we do, why not label GMO products so consumers can choose knowingly?
I have heard that the United States is one of the few developed nations that allow GMO products to be unlabeled or even sold.
In this age of deception I doubt fliers are completely true. I am especially wary when some protest too much.
Givens' news stories
Every day I read the Tri-City Herald, including the editorials. I just felt compelled to write a letter to the editor for the first time.
Recently, the editorial staff of TCH endorsed a candidate for port commissioner district 1. I was waiting to see which candidate the TCH would endorse, because there had been several articles written over the past few months by the Herald in which it was inferred that candidate John Givens' character was in question. After these accusations, the only follow up articles in the TCH were written in the form of letters to the editor by Mr. Givens' previous coworkers.
To me, it seemed as if it was the intention of the TCH to disparage Mr. Givens, and then when the accusations were unfounded, they simply endorsed the other candidate. Where is the objectivity? Even your editorial staff was forced to admit that the accusations that warranted more than one article leading up to the election, ended up being "more rumor than fact." How sad that someone's character can be attacked publicly based on "more rumor than fact." And we call this news?
Kennewick: Park, Plunkett
I would like to support Bob Parks and Roy Plunkett for Kennewick City Council. I have known these men for many years and know they can do a good job for our city. They have good moral characters and believe in the constitutional rights of everyone. Bob has been on the council for many years and I believe he brings good ideas to the board meetings and for the citizens of Kennewick.
I believe these men will spend our money wisely for the good of the community and the people who live and work here. They have my support.
Kennewick city: Parks
I encourage you to join me in voting for Bob Parks for Kennewick City Council. I've known Bob for more than 30 years and feel that he is the best candidate for the position. He grew up in Kennewick, is a veteran, and has invested his time, energy and expertise in many facets of the city through volunteer activities. As a current council member he has done a very good job in helping to guide the city to where we are today.
Bob is honest, hardworking and dedicated. We need to keep Bob Parks on the council for another term to continue his work in promoting and developing our city resources, protecting our rights and promoting frugal spending of our tax dollars.
State senate: Brown
Sharon Brown is not only a dynamic and strong advocate for those of us residing in the 8th District, but she understands that helping the state of Washington thrive will benefit us all.
Sharon has exhibited during her short tenure in Olympia that she is a strategic, effective thinker who knows how to bring those with opposite views into accord. Sharon approaches her job as our state senator with an open mind, fairness and realism.
Sharon Brown is working hard in Olympia and deserves to be elected to retain her seat! Please join me in voting for Sharon Brown!
Kennewick port: Givens
I first met John when he was the director of the Port of Kennewick. He was, and still is, an open-door communicator. John was instrumental in his role as port director in securing land for economic development which has since been sold and improved. These real estate sales have built the cash reserves of the port today.
John has dedicated thousands of volunteer hours with many public boards and community organizations. John has had more than 20 years of successful port governance and he brings more than 37 years of senior bank lending executive experience. He is one of the few that is able to understand firsthand all aspects of the port and what it takes to bring it to the next level of success.
I now work with John and see his dedication firsthand; he is focused on making our community and the Port of Kennewick a success. I ask for your vote to support John Givens.
Kennewick city: Parks
The Home Builders Association of Tri-Cities is proud to once again support Bob Parks for the Kennewick City Council. Bob has served the citizens on Kennewick for the past 12 years and we would be well served to return him to this seat.
Bob believes in helping businesses to succeed in the city of Kennewick by encouraging a business-friendly atmosphere and treating businesses as customers. His commitment to furthering economic development in Kennewick helps all of us as businesses and citizens.
He understands the complex issues facing our city and the region as a whole, and promotes and supports policies that solve problems, instead of creating new ones.
Bob is a leader who asks questions and works hard to maintain a city that we can all be proud of. I encourage you to vote for Bob Parks for Kennewick City Council this November.
State Senate: Brown
We were very impressed with Sen. Sharon Brown's efforts during the past legislative period. We supported her and voted for her in the primary election.
We were very pleased when the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund sent us a postcard rating Senator Brown A+. Their rating carries an enormous weight with our determining how we mark our ballots.
Sen. Brown will continue her outstanding efforts in Olympia next year. She truly represents our side of the state of Washington. We urge you to vote for Sen. Sharon Brown!
BILL and JEANNE GRAVES