The winners and the losers

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  • Are You Serioua?
    Aug. 24, 2008 1:08 a.m.

    The DN editorial writers need to pay closer attention to current events. In regards to rigged elections, the potential for errors (if not outright rigging) in elections is significantly heightened with the new electronic voting systems. Having no oversight or verification is an outrage. There are enough instances of errors in enough different physical locations to raise significant alarms.

    Utah's Gary Herbert, in charge of elections, won't even consider the problem. In fact, a few years ago he fired a state employee who raised that very issue.

    The US deserves a better voting system that can be appropriately verified and has the capability of providing an accurate recount.

  • Flummoxed in Zion
    Aug. 23, 2008 9:02 p.m.

    Holy good golly! The DN editorial staff seems not to have been paying attention. The reasons we have had so much problem with food (and toy and plastic bottle) safety is because the government oversight agencies have been gutted out and corrupted, no longer doing their jobs appropriately, allowing producers to increase profits by eliminating safety precautions.

    Reflexively irradiating multiple foods would only encourage more abrogations of responsibility by food producers. That disturbing trend needs to be stemmed, not encouraged.

    There is preliminary data and concern by "non-freaky" scientists and blanket irradiation could produce unknown by-product chemicals that might be carcinogenic.

    More research needs to be done before advocating across the board irradiation, in the mean time regulation and control of the industry needs to be tightened.

    Further more the news of advanced warning from visibly unacceptable shipments of peppers at the border many months ago, and the shameful lack of timeliness and inefficiency by the FDA on responding to this health hazard were unacceptable on any level.

    A question that has not been asked enough since Bush ascended to the presidency: Where is the damn accountability?

  • Agree
    Aug. 23, 2008 10:46 a.m.

    I would gladly pay more for produce marked "Sterilized by radiation" to avoid the risk of contamination. But we also need to be sure that the produce is handled septically after it leaves the radiation facility.

  • Stewart
    Aug. 23, 2008 10:38 a.m.

    It is about time. Any food subject to E-Coli or salmonella should already have been treated by radiation. Food poisoning in this age should be as rare as measles. All the food that is destroyed in food recalls is a terrible waste. It is time to get over our nuclear paranoia in this country. It is no different than pasteurizing milk and juices.