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November 24, 2014 at 1:08 PM

A reader’s letter about his work experience at Paseo

Matthew Crane lights a candle and leaves a flower Tuesday in front of the shuttered Paseo restaurant in Fremont (the Ballard shop closed, too), under a sign saying it closed due to “unfortunate circumstances.” (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

In 2007, a chubby 16-year-old version of myself walked timidly into Paseo Fremont with a résumé in hand [“Day after closing, Paseo files for bankruptcy,” Local news, Nov. 13]. With almost no former work experience, I didn’t have high hopes that I would have any sort of a shot at working at my favorite restaurant in the world.

To my astonishment Lucas, the older brother in the Lorenzo family offered me a job on the spot after we bonded over lacrosse. Throughout my time as a new employee, I was met with nothing but encouragement and support from Lucas, his brother Julian and their dad Lorenzo. “Anything you need, come to us,” I was told over and over.

At the end of my first summer working there, I was

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Comments | More in Labor | Topics: food, Lorenzo family, Paseo

September 30, 2013 at 7:17 AM

Labeling genetically modified foods in Washington

A commercial experiment Much has been written, largely by opponents of I-522, arguing that there is, as of now, no measurable difference in the nutritional value of genetically modified foods compared to organic foods. [“GMO labeling campaigns raising near-record money,” page one, Sept. 5.] This is a red herring. The real issue is whether or…

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Comments | More in Food/nutrition, Politics | Topics: crops, food, genetically-engineered

September 26, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Corporations say no to Initiative 522 in Washington

Contributors pursue economic self-interest The article on the Initiative 522 campaign states that a total of eight donors have contributed $11.6 million to the NO on I- 522, with Monsanto throwing in $4.8 million and DuPont Pioneer $3.4 million. [“GMO labeling campaigns raising near-record money,” page one, Sept. 25.] These two companies are heavily invested in…

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Comments | More in Economy, Food/nutrition, Politics | Topics: dupont pioneer, food, genetically modified foods

September 13, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Labeling genetically modified foods in Washington

Priorities I am definitely against the idea of putting something in my body from companies that won’t bother to tell me what was involved in the genetic alteration of their crops. [“Monsanto gives $4.6M to foes of GMO labeling,” NW Wednesday, Sept. 11.] However, the whole point of Initiative 522 is not to ban genetically modified…

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Comments | More in Economy, Environment, Food/nutrition, Politics | Topics: food, gmo, initiative 522

August 19, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Curbing childhood obesity with school nutrition

King County is taking action With one in five students in King County overweight or obese, we agree with Marilyn McKenna’s concern that having healthy foods in schools is a critical component to addressing the childhood obesity epidemic. [“Guest column: Curbing childhood obesity starts with school lunches,” Opinion, Aug. 14.] Six school districts with high obesity…

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Comments | More in Education, Health care, Seattle | Topics: children, food, health

August 19, 2013 at 7:08 AM

Labeling genetically modified foods in Washington

GMOs are poison Reporter Melissa Allison missed the most important point regarding foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs): the health risks. [“On voters’ plates: genetically engineered crops,” page one, Aug. 11.] Independent, long-term feeding trials on laboratory animals fed genetically engineered foods show serious health effects: tumors, low birth weight and shortened life spans. GMOs are nothing…

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Comments | More in Environment, Politics, Seattle | Topics: food, genetically engineered crops, Genetically modified organisms

August 15, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Labeling genetically modified foods in Washington

We have a right to know The recent article regarding the labeling of foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs) failed to mention that genetically engineered crops require more of Monsanto’s herbicide, Roundup, because the weeds it is supposed to kill have become resistant to it and have turned into super weeds, requiring more of the…

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August 15, 2013 at 7:06 AM

Labeling genetically modified foods in Washington

Trusting scientists   I can’t help thinking, as I read about whether we should label genetically modified foods, that the unacknowledged elephant in the room is trust. [“On voters’ plates: genetically engineered crops,” page one, Aug. 11.] The scientific community seems frustrated that the public is unwilling to trust the experts about the safety of genetically modified…

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