I have known Gina Orlando for more than 10 years. We met when we both were working for Whole Foods in River Forest. Gina is one of the most ethical and professional people I have ever met. She is both an avid student and researcher. She expends all necessary efforts in order to be truthful and unbiased.

I have never known her to do anything “poorly” or in a “sloppy, scattershot” manner. Such descriptions are patently untrue. Whether or not one agrees with the content of her article is a matter of personal conviction. However, to question her personal integrity is not only unfair, it is libelous.

Tony Dobrowolski

Oak Park

I was surprised to read Josh Klein’s letter in the March 18 issue claiming biased reporting by Gina Orlando in her fine article.

I thought Orlando’s comparison of Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s offered a balanced view of what shoppers can expect from each store. I found myself nodding in agreement at much of what Orlando had to say. I shop at both stores, as well as Jewel, Irv & Shelly’s Fresh Picks, the Winter Farmers’ Market at area churches, weekly delivery to the Buzz from Sandhill Organics during the growing season, and the Oak Park Farmers’ Market.

We’re fortunate to have so many choices close to home, and Orlando’s article added to our community base of knowledge in making informed choices about food. I totally disagree with Klein’s claim that Orlando crossed ethical boundaries in her article given her prior employment at Whole Foods. She properly disclosed that affiliation in the article, and that insider view added to the fine quality of her reporting.

Steve Hokins

Oak Park

I’m commenting on a recent letter about Gina Orlando’s article on Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. Everyone has the right to express their opinion, but I was very uncomfortable with the author’s character bashing of Gina Orlando. I have known her professionally for several years, and she is a painstakingly ethical person. In addition, the fact that Trader Joe’s declined to comment should not reflect poorly on the article’s author.

Kate Pravera
Oak Park

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