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DARK Act aims to keep states from passing food safety laws

To The Daily Sun,

According to the latest polls, more than 90 percent of people believe they should have the right to know if their food contains genetically modified organisms — or GMOs. That means the majority of Americans support laws that require the mandatory labeling of GMOs.

In July 2016, Vermont will become the first state to enforce a GMO labeling law. Connecticut and Maine have passed laws that will take effect when other states have joined them. Bills for mandatory GMO labels are being considered in 18 states this year: Alaska, Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.

This is democracy in action, addressing the demand of nine out of 10 voters.

Unfortunately, companies like Monsanto that manufacture GMO seeds and related pesticides don't like the democratic process and are attempting to shut it down with a bill in Congress that would take away states' rights to label GMOs. The bill (H.R. 1599), known by opponents as the DARK Act (Deny Americans the Right to Know), was introduced by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) and is supported by a powerful coalition of industry front groups led by the Grocery Manufacturers Association.

Aside from being a direct attack on states' rights to pass food safety laws, the DARK Act aims to prevent consumers from knowing whether or not their food has been grown with glyphosate, a chemical recently declared a probable carcinogen by the World Health Organization.

The biotech and food industries are willing to spend millions to pass the DARK Act. The only way to prevent this bill from passing is for consumers and voters to pressure every member of Congress to reject this bill.

David McGraw
Campton

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Obama attempting to bully the religious into violating their beliefs

To The Daily Sun,

President Obama was an adjunct professor of constitutional law at the Chicago Law School. With that background, I am constantly amazed at his low regard for the Constitution and for the duly enacted laws of this country.

Today, May 14, I watched as he called on "Christians and Catholics" to spend their efforts on things like poverty and telling them to get off trying to push their anti-abortion beliefs. At issue is a bill that passed the House of Representative that would place restrictions on aborting the unborn who are 20 or more weeks old

Starting with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the president has gone out of his way trying to restrict Christianity to the confines of their church buildings. That was evident when he stiff-armed Catholic bishops and made abortion provisions a requirement of those insurance plans. That was so outrageous that the religious order, the Little Sisters of the Poor for the Aged in Colorado, had to fight that provision all the way up to the Supreme Court. The owner of Hobby Lobby included 14 or 15 contraceptive methods in the insurance they provided to their employees, but they objected to the ACA demand for their insurance to provide an abortion pill. The owners of that company are deeply religious Christians and they couldn't, in good conscience, consent to providing a pill that would induce an abortion. They, too, had to go all the way to the Supreme Court to allow for their religious beliefs to be upheld.

Now the president is attempting to bully the religious into violating the tenets of their belief systems. In doing so, he's not only showing a total disregard for the First Amendment to the Constitution, he is showing a total lack of respect for Christianity.

Bob Meade

Laconia

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