Letters to the editor on food safety, Koch brothers, Shockers

03/25/2014 6:39 PM

03/25/2014 6:39 PM

Safeguards needed to protect food

I’m a conservative of the highest magnitude: pro-life, pro-gun, pro-business.

By pro-business, I mean lower taxes and fewer cumbersome regulations that slow commerce, increase costs and discourage capitalist investment. A by-product: lower unemployment.

Of course, we need safeguards to the general public from those businesses that would make a profit at the dire expense of the public. Sadly, I believe we are witnessing just such a breach of trust by some, perhaps many, food producers.

Many foods consumed by Americans are imported from China and Korea. This, in itself, is not bad. But most shipments of foods from foreign countries are not inspected by the U.S. government. This not only poses a health threat to consumers, but is also competitively unfair to U.S. food producers.

Most foods produced in the United States are subject to some kind of inspection or federal requirements, which undoubtedly result in a percentage of food failing the test and being destroyed, at a cost to the manufacturer. Many of these foods from China are found in restaurants, institutions and food processors. As a result, consumers see no labels, keeping them unaware of the origins of what they’re ingesting.

Congress must increase the Food and Drug Administration’s budget for inspections. Regrettably, new and more stringent regulations are also needed, forcing those making money from food imports to put food safety if not above at least even with profit.

STEVE WEST

Colwich

Buying democracy

Groups backed by the Koch brothers spent an estimated $400 million in an attempt to buy the 2012 elections and hijack democracy – but without much success. You would think after that, they would slow down. But they are determined to buy six U.S. Senate seats, and the false TV ads are already playing.

Charles and David Koch are financially behind the so-called Americans for Prosperity. What a misnomer. This is a power grab by one of the richest families in the world.

We are slowly but surely moving back to the gilded age. If the Koch brothers get their way, the middle class will be gone. Sam Brownback and the other Republican governors have a game plan strategized by AFP. When 1 percent of the citizens in this country control more than 75 percent of the wealth, this country has nowhere to go but down.

The Democrats have their flaws, also, but at least their agenda is not to rule this country and inevitably the world as oligarchs in the Putin-esque style.

ERNIE SVITES

Wichita

Title in future

There’s no doubt about the tenacity, the skill and the heart of the Shockers basketball team – this year, last year and what’s to come next. There’s an NCAA basketball champion to come from Wichita, and it looks to be sooner rather than later.

Applause and respect to an unbeaten season from a basketball fan in “the Bluegrass.”

ALAN PARDEE

Crestwood, Ky.

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