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Knowing what is in our food is certainly worth fighting for

To The Daily Sun,

Rep. Anne McLane Kuster is the only N.H. representative currently, to sponsor HR-913 the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act, introduced in the U.S. House by Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), a bill that would require mandatory labeling of GMOs. Senator Jeanne Shaheen is a sponsor of S. 511, the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act, introduced in the U.S. Senate by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.). This is the senate version of a bill that would require mandatory labeling of GMOs.

Taking away our right to know what is in our food is not a partisan issue. It is a health care necessity. Apparently Frank Guinta and Kelly Ayotte have not yet realized that 90 percent of the American public wants the right to know if the food we buy is made with GMO products.

The country's first mandatory GMO labeling law, in Vermont, is set to take effect in July 2016. Meanwhile, across the country, legislators in 18 other states are working this year to pass laws like Vermont's. Once GMOs have to be labeled in a couple of states, it's only a matter of time before mandatory GMO labeling becomes the law in all 50 states. And that possibility has Monsanto, Pepsi and the rest of the gene and junk food giants on the defensive. The only thing Monsanto's gang can do now is to shut down the democratic process. Unless, that is, we the people let them know how we feel about keeping us in the DARK.

Fellow N.H. citizens, there is a bill before Congress, H.R. 1599, that some call the DARK Act (Deny Americans the Right to Know). Why? Because if Congress passes this bill, states will lose the right to pass GMO labeling laws, and Monsanto will win the right to keep consumers in the dark. Permanently.

N.H. citizens have a long history of fighting to protect our inalienable rights. Knowing what is in our food is one worth fighting for. Join many of our families, neighbors and friends on Saturday, May 23 at the N.H. Statehouse in Concord for a demonstration beginning at 11.
Nancy Sheridan


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State senators should all take a ride with Meals on Wheels

To The Daily Sun,

I am extremely disappointed with the recent budget passed by the New Hampshire House of Representatives. In particular, I want to highlight the impact it will have on crucial senior services.

This year's budget calls for a 50 percent cut to the Meals on Wheels program, congregate meals at senior centers, transportation services for seniors, as well as the elimination of ServiceLink, which connects seniors to services available to them.

Over the years I have attended many congregate meals at numerous senior centers throughout northern New Hampshire. I thoroughly enjoy being part of the social atmosphere these dinners provide, as well as seeing the seniors appreciate a nutritious, delicious meal. After the meal, many of them remain at the center to relax, socialize, play various games, listen to entertainment, etc. I have seen firsthand the value of this wonderful program.

I had never actually participated in the Meals on Wheels program until last week, when I was able to join a Meals on Wheels driver during his rounds. It was an eye-opening experience.

In addition to having meals delivered to them, for many housebound seniors the deliverer is the only person they see all day. The driver I rode with explained to me the importance of checking in on these seniors to make sure they are safe. While many of them are experiencing difficult living situations, they are very appreciative just to see a smiling face. And, it is equally gratifying for the deliverer to visit with them.

I encourage all state senators as they prepare their budget to do as I did — take a ride with someone who delivers for the Meals on Wheels program. If they see firsthand what I saw, I doubt they will cut this valuable program along with the services being impacted by the house budget.

Indeed, all of the above programs help many seniors stay in their own homes/apartments at a much lower cost than their being in nursing homes.

My final thought. Can you imagine these vital services being cut by a staggering 50 percent? I can't.

Michael J. Cryans
Grafton County Commissioner - District One

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