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.
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?
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.
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.