Washington should do more to protect us from food illnesses

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  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Oct. 14, 2012 1:03 p.m.

    Paul Schwarz has been very active in sending that same "letter" to newspapers all over America. Goggle, "Paul Schwarz Mcclatchy-tribune News Service".

    What is his real point? He's telling us that we need government checking and testing on our farms and in our fields. Who's going to pay those bureaucrat's salaries? You and I will pay at the grocery store. Grocery prices could easily double. Just compare a bureaucrat's salary to a farmer's income.

    Unthinking people will agree with him. They'll shout for joy that "finally" the government is doing its job to protect us from food.

    Thinking people will reject his premise. They will reject having big brother delay getting fresh food to market. Thinking people know that, in a free market system, food producers self-regulate.

    We have a court system that handles this kind of problem. We don't need a food czar telling what we can or cannot eat.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Oct. 13, 2012 11:06 a.m.

    Sounds like more governmental regulation which as we all know is just a socialistic communist plot.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Oct. 13, 2012 12:30 a.m.

    So wait, we need more government in our lives?

    It's so difficult to keep up with repubs. One day it's, "I hate the feds! Get the government out!" The next day it's, "We need more government intervention!"

    So which is it?

    I have no clue.

    Lets just avoid the GOP altogether.

  • DVD Taylorsville, 00
    Oct. 12, 2012 10:09 p.m.

    People can be more productive in life when their bodies aren't battling every form of poison nature can produce in uncontrolled environments. We aren't all farmers and ranchers and can't personally ensure that each can of food is safe.

    Urban Jungle was an eye-opener.

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 12, 2012 1:05 p.m.

    Protect yourself, be responsible for your own life. Asking the government to protect us is socialism. (I'm just practicing so I can fit in when the Romney/Ryan administration takes over)

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Oct. 12, 2012 9:33 a.m.

    "...Washington should do more to protect us...".

    I thought Washington was supposed to get out of the way?




  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Oct. 12, 2012 9:03 a.m.

    But asking the Government to protect us from food illnesses would be totally wrong.

    Wouldn't that place more job-killing obstacles in the way of the profits needed to create more jobs? How can we continue to employ the illegal workers who are hired by many of our corporate farms that contribute so generously to the campaigns and Super PACs that support their conservative savior?

    Wouldn't that consume taxpayer dollars? Wouldn't that mean (gasp) GROWING the evil government?

    No. It's far better for a few people to die than do any of those awful things.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Oct. 12, 2012 9:02 a.m.

    I'm thinking the FDA, along with PBS and planned parenthood, are among the funded organisations and agencies that are draining the nations treasury and putting up regulatory roadblocks in front of freedom loving, job creating american companies. Like much of the federal government, we've kind of decided we don't need them anymore.