Would a rose, by any other name, still be labeled "organic"?
Well, in context of the ever evolving (federally promulgated) "rules" that govern what qualifies as "organic food" (and what does not), it seems that many foods -- like "ultrapasteurized" high-heat processed milk (that has had natural enzymes and many vitamins destroyed) and many other "synthetic" additives and commercial food-processing tricks of the trade are now being (deceptively?) marketed to the unknowing consumer under the banner of wholesome, wonderfully nutritious, and 100% "organic" foods. To learn more on this subject, read this May 13, 2001, N.Y. Times article, Behind the Organic-Industrial Complex, by Michael Pollan.
No Food Tax???
There's a move afoot to put the "no sales tax on food" issue on the November 2002 ballot in Arkansas. A petition drive is being sponsored by the Libertarian Party and, if the legislative initiative is successful, it would exempt purchases of food and certain over-the-counter medications from sales tax.
Seventy-five-thousand signatures must be collected from registered voters and certified in order for the proposed measure to be decided by state voters. For more information, contact R.L. Reed, VBC Libertarian Party, firstname.lastname@example.org
On a more recreational front....
The folks at the Ozark Heritage Arts Center in Leslie have been very busy lately. With their annual Spring Fling barely a heart beat behind them, they just recently completed a 3-day run of the dramatic/comedic play, "Mornings At Seven."
And, in honor of Mother's Day, Mary Alice Beer has given us a glorious spread of inspirational and humorous email pass-alongs that honor the subject, and the motherly occupation. Have a look at Virtual Garden to read more.
But far and away the most exciting news, at least by our definition of such, is the "almost upon us" 5th Anniversary of Hyper Tech Inc. (You know them, right? They provide all the technical wiz-bang that makes it possible for you to read this little e-zine.)
We couldn't be more thrilled and proud to be part of this great party -- which now feature two great bands -- Cryout Reggae and the Big John Miller Band -- plus a host of great exhibitors as part of Hyper Tech's Bringing the Internet to Life community information fair.
It's all part and parcel of a great big community awareness celebration set to unfold June 1, from 2pm to 6pm in and around the Hyper Tech offices on U.S. Hwy 65-B in Clinton. And there's still time for your business or non-profit group to join the fun. For details, just give a click here.
So, that's about it for the moment. But until next time, please do remember to visit our What's New page to get the heads-up on the most recent updates and changes to our site. And also as usual, if you're looking to find something that was on the front page of any previous edition, just visit our Archives and follow the links.
Finally, as is our continuing practice, it's time to once more say thanks to all of you -- our readers, columnists, random contributors, advertisers and every member of the Hyper Tech team. Thank you all for making this past year a bountiful pleasure of accomplishment that's been filled to the brim with the warm-fuzzy vibes of splendiferous success.
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