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Thursday's Letters to the Editor

<b>When we'll applaud</b>

EDITOR: The grand opening of the Green Music Center was an unbelievable experience. We attended the symphony performance on Sunday. The symphony was as wonderful as usual, the facility is magnificent, staff courteous and knowledgeable. Audience members emotionally embraced the three present and past conductors on stage, and everyone gave a lengthy standing ovation to Don and Maureen Greens for their time, effort and donations.

In stark contrast, there was only sparse applause when the robber baron's name was announced as a major donor. Some may feel that they can reinvent themselves by moving to a new community and then throwing big money at a project; socially, they probably have gained some acceptance in this county. But you can't buy people clapping for you. Simply put, many of us will always find unacceptable their significant contribution to this country's financial woes. Let them fix what they helped break, and then we'll clap.

KATHRYN and DAVE HENDERSON

Healdsburg

<b>Untruths and half-truths</b>

EDITOR: Your Tuesday editorial ("No on 37: Label this one over-regulation") begins, "Californians deserve clear information . . . " and then proceeds with two columns of untruths and half-truths regarding Proposition 37.

You say, "the science simply doesn't warrant it." What science has influenced your opinion? The tests conducted by Monsanto? If so, please read "the world according to Monsanto" by Marie Monique — Robin, or "Stolen Harvest" by Vandana Shiva.

Why do you think most European and developed Asian countries require labeling of GE foods? Could it be because their scientists are not paid by mega-corporations to find results that will enhance their profits and control of the world's food supply?

Please consider the cost of contaminating our planet's soil and water with toxic chemicals used in growing GE foods. Encourage voters to lead the country in giving consumers a clear choice.


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