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YouSaid October 2015

Food for thought
I didn't think the September issue of Minnesota Women's Press would be of much interest to me, as I don't consider myself much of a "foodie." Was I ever wrong!

It was with great interest that I read about the Right to Know (RTK) organization in Mary Turck's feature story, "Refusing the DARK." I had only one week earlier listened to the audio book "The Autoimmune Solution" by Amy Myers, M.D. In her book, Myers gives the very example of Monsanto's Roundup Ready seeds being sprayed with Roundup herbicide. Myers believes there is undoubtedly a connection with herbicides and pesticides used on our crops and autoimmune diseases. She believes that 75 percent of the causes for these diseases are from toxins like this that we ingest, breathe in or topically use.

Likewise, in Shannon Drury's "Fed up with food fads" column, sugar is also a culprit in a number of diseases. In my particular case, it leads to inflammation which may aggravate my tendonitis and arthritis. I have chosen to eliminate sugar from my diet as well.

Thank you for printing these environmental and health related stories that should be of great relevance to everyone - men as well as women.
Debrah Kvam, St. Paul

Beyond making sandwiches
I have known Monica Nilsson for many years. [ActNow column, MWP, August 2015] She walks the talk and single-handedly does more for people who have experienced homelessness than anyone I know. She introduced me to Peace House a few months ago - a center and welcoming spot for people experiencing homelessness who need a place to belong. I went as a volunteer, but I found a sense of community and welcoming at Peace House unlike any place I've ever been to before.

Monica went with me to Peace House, knowing that I needed a place to belong to and a place to give me a purpose in life. She totally turned my life around. Monica is that extraordinarily rare person who is brilliant but humble; she gets things done. She is amazing, and I am one of a large contingenency of people who admire her.
Lloyd Zimmerman, Minneapolis

I am a regular reader of MWP and loved your article on St. Stephen's and Monica Nilsson. Where else but the Minnesota Women's Press can I read five life-affirming, relationship-building articles in the same month like those written by Teresa Konechne, Peggy V. Beck, Betsy Gabler, Wendy Morris and Kathy Magnuson?
Bill Betzler, Plymouth


Disappointing advertisements
I was extremely disappointed to see breasts in two of the ads in the August issue of the Minnesota Women's Press. The Press is certainly not the feminist newspaper it once was. Please do not lower your standards as so many women's magazines have done over the years - pushing female bodies (mostly bare parts) in order to make money.
Nancy Lanthier Carroll, Little Canada

Growing leadership
After reading the incredible article about Pakou Hang and the strong women that surrounded her, this is a woman that I would like to talk to and have my students meet. [Profile, MWP Sept. 2015] Pakou is truly a mentor and a role model for my students. Thank you for this introduction to a very wonderful woman.
Jaette Carpenter, Minneapolis

Editor's note: Carpenter is the co-founder of Hopewell Music Cooperative-North in Minneapolis.

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