A Hearty Issue
Wow! I’m a longtime small-market gardener who sells at our local farmers’ market. I struggle in the summer to get through all of The Nation’s magazines; I barely have the time to keep up with them. But the special issue “The Future of Food” [Oct. 30] was like reading a copy of Acres U.S.A. (This is an eco-agriculture magazine that keeps us up to date on what’s going on in the organic- and sustainable-farming communities.) The writing was as thorough as any Acres article on the Monsanto and GMO issues. All of the short articles in the forum “The Future of Food” were on target. The Kernza article [“Hacking the Grain”] was superb and, though we don’t grow grains, had me wanting to try it! “What Is the Recipe for Home?” was sad and yet heartwarming, and I’ll be trying the fatteh recipe. It was an amazing issue of well-researched and well-documented articles. Many, many thanks for getting this information out to an audience that might not have been as aware!
David Dayen’s special investigation “Jamie Dimon and Other People’s Money” [Oct. 23] is fundamentally flawed in its premise.
Dayen sings the praises of Larry Schneider, a vulture debt buyer who has filed a whistle-blower suit and separate racketeering case against JPMorgan Chase. My own report shows that Schneider repeatedly foreclosed on family after family. He threw families from their homes at Christmas, abandoned homes to municipalities, and appealed one foreclosure all the way to the Minnesota Supreme Court, where he lost.
Unmentioned in Dayen’s article is that Schneider already lost the whistle-blower case. Judge Rosemary Collyer ruled that the loans in question were written off years before the 2012 fine. Therefore, it was impossible for Chase to claim credits for the write-offs.
In an ongoing appeal, the Department of Justice adds, “The United States declined to intervene in this suit and does not take the position that Chase failed to comply with the terms agreed to in the National Mortgage Settlement.” The DOJ’s disagreement with the core assertion, which is crystal clear, is also conspicuously absent in Dayen’s piece.