To the Editor

May 7, 2013

By Contributor

Recognition deserved

Issaquah High School teacher Jeff Berka deserves gratitude

This is a great community with so many incredible schools and teachers. Certain teachers make our children want to actually talk about school and what they have learned.

A great example of this is one of the most inspirational teachers I have met at Issaquah High School, Jeff Berka. He has quietly and humbly helped and mentored so many other teachers over the years. He is a man who is extremely dedicated to bringing European studies to life.

Jeff has an incredible teaching method that makes students want to learn, and he clearly helps our students to think more on a global level. He actually travels to Europe (mostly on his own dime) to become a better teacher year after year. Many students have gone to college and majored in history and/or become teachers as a result of being in Mr. Berka’s class.

We have a diverse community, and Jeff’s efforts to make a difference in the lives of so many students at IHS is worthy of praise. If anyone knows how to get him recognition on the state or national level, I would really appreciate your help on this.

The Dougherty Family



GMO foods

Boycotts and people could make changes

Ms. Remington makes excellent points on the GMO situation.

One way to reach women might be to ask them if it is only their jeans that make them look fat. Maybe their food is making them fat (and possibly sick) in ways they don’t realize. Challenge them to lose seven pounds in seven days. This can be accomplished on The Virgin Diet, available in the book of the same name by J.J. Virgin.

The book explains in easy-to-understand, well-documented terms what our food system is doing to our bodies.

In the book “Seeds of Deception,” Jeffrey Smith points out that rats fed GMO soy suffered a fivefold increase in mortality, lower birth weights and the inability to reproduce. Male mice fed GMO modified soy had abnormal sperm counts. Smith also found many farmers have seen sterility or infertility in animals fed GMO corn and soy.

Perhaps Japan is a living lab for this. I have read that in Japan the young men no longer want to have sex or marry. Could their diet have something to do with this? Are they eating GMO soy?

What about autism? Is the rise in autism coinciding with the increased use of GMO foods in our diet?

Has Ms. Remington thought of becoming a speaker? She could inform people about these food issues.

Boycotts could work as well. Coke was one corporation that worked to defeat the GMO labeling bill in California. As a stock owner in Coke, I would not benefit from a boycott. But, Coke is a big product worldwide. Bad publicity of a boycott could make them and other corporations sit up and take notice.

Governments don’t make changes, people do.

I would be happy to work with Ms. Remington on these issues if she would like to contact me.

Joyce Kormanyos




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