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The truth about Whole Foods
The "Whole Foods fight" article in the April 1 issue refers to a 90,000-square-foot organic market, said to be Whole Foods.
People can easily assume incorrectly that this company runs stores which are 100-percent organic. Whole Foods makes it crystal clear on its website, however, that this is not possible.
The company does state that all its products are natural, with no artificial ingredients. Consumers would always do well to recognize that "natural" and "organic" are not synonymous.
There is no retail food market in Rochester which is 100 percent organic.
It would actually be beneficial for Whole Foods to open on Monroe Avenue. Vibrant cities need upscale retail choices, especially if we hope to attract young professionals to Rochester.
Monroe Avenue is a major commercial thoroughfare and is an entirely appropriate venue for a small shopping center. As to Whole Foods in particular, it is, along with Wegmans, acknowledged in the book Firms of Endearment, which celebrates companies imbued with corporate social responsibility.
It is time for Rochester to bring back many of its native youth who are living like sardines in big cities, and a Whole Foods will certainly help. I lived in Brighton for 36 years and would have loved having a Whole Foods in my back yard, as well as having Whole Foods help with the Town of Brighton tax burden.
The real issue that would affect most commuters and residents is the added congestion, especially at the intersection of Westfall, Allens Creek, and Monroe Ave.
The Department of Transportation needs to study that intersection because it is already one of the most dangerous and congested in the area. Adding to the problem would be the proposed use of the current service road off Allens Creek for entering-exiting the project.
Adding a traffic light or two will not solve the congestion or safety issues.
America's going backward
It's 2015. People continue to deny scientific facts regarding climate, evolution, medicine-vaccines, and genetic research. People continue to base personal decisions on fear and denial.
Instead of actively preventing disasters, they continue to react with stopgap measures and never use the knowledge available. Instead of progressing, moving back to the Dark Ages is the new comfort zone.
There is such a loathing for education, critical thinking, and diverse thought — evident in the laws created and upheld by policymakers. Individual and corporate rights, no matter how oppressive or discriminatory, supersede the rights of society in general.
My ethics are internal and I don't want your beliefs, superstitions, or denials to prohibit the progress of future generations. The world isn't flat. The earth isn't the center of the universe. Dinosaurs did not exist with humans.
It's absurd that we are forced to tolerate and respect falsehoods and opinions while scientific facts can be discarded or ignored by even our policymakers. And it's those very people creating the education system today. America is becoming the Land of the Ignorant.