Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Dec. 14

No to GMOs

By presenting a one-sided argument in favor of genetically modified organisms and the weed killer glyphosate, University of Kentucky professors Paul Vincelli and Janet Mullins do the public a disservice. A shame, considering they represent a public university.

They wrote: “Glyphosate tolerant crops offer certain benefits for weed control.” Totally false. Over reliance on glyphosate has created a super-weed crisis; plants develop resistance to chemicals just as insects do. Glyphosate also is heavily implicated in killing off native milkweed that monarch butterflies need to survive. The World Health Organization recently said glyphosate probably causes cancer in humans. Chipotle recently banned GMOs from its product lineup, only to be excoriated by the media for being anti-scientific.

Even if GMOs are safe to ingest, that doesn’t mean they’re safe to grow. And you can’t separate dangerous chemicals from the production of those GMOs.

John Scott

Lexington

Collateral damage

A recent letter sickened me. It began by referring to the U.S.-led bombing of the Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, which the writer said leads her to conjure images of maimed and dead civilians when she sees a person in military uniform.

“They bomb medical workers on humanitarian missions and their patients, don't they,” she wrote, as if the incident could have been but was not avoided.

The person(s) in military uniform are heroes laying their lives on the line so she doesn't have to. They are not trained to maim civilians of either side. The intelligence community supplies geographic coordinates to direct surgical bombing. Military personnel who deliver the ordinance are only following instructions.

If anyone in the chain of command had been aware, the incident would not have occurred. The language in the letter, however, suggests either total disregard for or intentional destruction of the hospital, which is not the way our military operates.

Sorry is, in fact, plenty enough.

It would be difficult, if not impossible, to find a war in the history of our world devoid of collateral damage, although there appears to be no shortage of misinformation, propaganda and subversive activity.

John McCrary

Richmond

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