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Carol H
Posted on Friday, July 04, 2003 - 7:49 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Just got back last week from Vermont. I was there when Howard Dean announced his candidacy. I was helping with the campaign in New Hampshire and Vermont. I really feel that people concerned about health care - which is most people want to be involved in the political process. I met many folks very interested in what I had to say about MSG. They enjoy talking to each other and exchanging ideas. I participated in one of those Meetups for his campaign, which is what got me to ride up to New Hampshire and Vermont with total strangers. Some of the ten of us were interviewed by ABC World News Tonite, and NPR public radio. The ABC crew was fascinated that until we drove up together, many of us had never met before - we only met online. One of our group got to talk to Gov. Dean and show him the creative and colorful postcard handouts he made with his own money which spell out the key points of Dean's campaign. The ABC news crew even taped our three car caravan leaving Burlington. (Quite funny). For a small group of only ten New Jerseyans, we made a big impact, I think, by our sheer determination. We were determined not to let the political fact that our primary elections are nearly last and we have virtually no say in who gets the party nomination stop us from helping Howard Dean win the nomination in other states. But, I digress. The key part in this story was played by something called Meetups. Meetups have worked wonders for the Dean Campaign. Perhaps we can start meetups for MSGMyth. To talk about the book, exchange recipes and coping strategies and such, as well as to become politically organized. It would certainly catch on. This would be great for those of you who can't come to NJ this fall. There wouldn't just be this one main meeting, but many meetings all over place. Now that ought to make the Glutamate Association just shake in their boots :)
Anonymous
Posted on Saturday, July 05, 2003 - 4:47 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

What's 'the book'?
Carol H
Posted on Saturday, July 05, 2003 - 6:58 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

"Battling the MSG Myth"
Jerry Story
Posted on Friday, July 25, 2003 - 3:46 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

About politics:

We already have politics. It's called FDA. We don't need no more politics. I sortuv lean toward the idea that all politicians should be lined up against the wall and shot. I think a politician is probably the lowest form of life walking on two feet.
Carol H
Posted on Saturday, July 26, 2003 - 5:54 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Jerry, are you on our side or are you working for the "Glutes"?
In my job, I must deal with people of all kinds, particularly "politicians". In many cases, they are the ones most in a position to do good things. I meet them at city hall meetings, and mostly they are just people like you and me who - for no money at all, work hard to make sure things run in our towns. They often work other "day" jobs and then at night go to meetings and work and negotiate and discuss and analyze conflicting ideas so folks like you and me can have safe streets and towns where we actually like to live.
This week a councilman in NY city was shot right in NY City Hall. He was a former police officer who was trying to stop violence on our streets. We are all shocked by the events still, but your comment touched a nerve. I know MSG is an emotional topic for us here, and it is still a free country, and you may speak your mind, but I must open my mouth and state that I find your comments extremely upsetting.
Jerry Story
Posted on Saturday, July 26, 2003 - 10:46 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

About politics:

If there are any good politicians, let's call them statesmen (and stateswomen) instead of politicians. And let's call what they do statesmanship instead of politics. The difference between statesmanship and politics is the former is solely for the purpose of preserving individual liberty, nothing else, the latter is for other purposes.

There is an unholy alliance between the glutes and government. It's called the FDA. That's politics, not statesmanship.

I still think politicians (in the dirty sense of the word) are probably the lowest form of life walking on two feet. And I still lean toward the view that they should be lined up against the wall and shot.
Roy Piwovar
Posted on Saturday, July 26, 2003 - 4:04 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Jerry,

There are brave politicians out there fighting every day for what you believe in.
Jeannie
Posted on Friday, January 02, 2004 - 10:11 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

In Jerry's defense, once a politician gets to the federal level, he or she must rely on PAC money or lobby money just to survive. That's when the interest groups, like the Glutamate groups, enter the picture. Not on the city, county, or state (though I could argue the state level easily when you take into consideration the agribusiness lobby) levels. The FDA is so incredibly politicized, and having good people in there isn't going to change decades of procedures that allow grandfathering ideas that should never have been allowed in the first place. The loopholes are unbelievable. I've worked for 10 years battling an area subject to FAD grandfathering a poisonous substance, and it just goes on and on and on.

Yes, you have good people on the local levels. I know some in my neck of the woods. But if they want to get anywhere they need the backing of major interest groups which means scratching other backs so their own gets a rub sometimes.
Deb A.
Posted on Wednesday, January 07, 2004 - 9:12 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

You've demonstrated why it's so hard to find congressmen willing to help us about the MSG issue...it all comes down to money, greed and power. One lawyer friend I talked to about starting a kawsuit told me (after doing some research) that he didn't want to be killed...he was not joking. Jack Samuels has walked to halls of Congress several times trying to get an ear. And he later learned you can't sue the FDA. I get many calls asking me when I'm going to get MSG out of our food...I always am amazed by that question. Some individuals don't realize that I am no different from any other MSG victim...I just wrote a survival guide to help fellow sufferers, and basically try to educate as many people as I can. Anyone can fight this battle the same way or in any way they can initiate. But we must keep going on because this situation is getting worse.
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