A Poem by M. Lapin

The doe in the deer
The fire in the rice
The man in the monsoon
Monsanto is the terrorist
The glitter in the ghost
The broken glass in the paper
The death in the grave site
Dow Chemical is the terrorist
Agent Orange in the water
Agent Orange in the dirt
Agent Orange in the child
We created the terrorist

–Published in BRICKrhetoric

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Fragment from The Monsanto, Unitire and Dow Chemical Series

A Fragment From a Long Poem by M. Lapin

Every child who died before birth from Agent Orange poisoning
entered the night sky a new star—
every child who died before the age of ten from Agent Orange poisoning
entered the day sky dust particles and acid.

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Dear Mr. Jim Sampsel

From the desk of Richard D. Hartwell

Mr. Jim Sampsel must be the Department of Veterans Affair’s (and Monsanto’s and Dow’s, etc.) best “spin doctor” around! Not only does he conclude: that the “vast majority” of accumulated science is all wrong; that his department’s conclusions are based almost exclusively on a single adviser’s statements (a retired military officer – Dr. Alvin Young – with ties to and previous consultations for both Monsanto and Dow, as well as whose own “studies” were funded in part by Dow); and, finally, whose statements that surface-contact Agent Orange dissipates within a day and does not remain in the soil (let alone seep into streams and the water table which he never even mentioned) conflict with the scientific conclusions of the very federal agency in charge of making recommendations to the DVA.

Of course, Mr. Sampsel is entitled to his own opinions, but not to his own facts – an extreme problem in our current, politically-charged climate. Mr. Sampsel also should not be entitled to express his opinions publically in a manor to disparage other scientific results secured by the DVA, public outcry, the media, other regulatory agencies under the umbrella of the Department of Veterans Affairs, nor to denigrate legislation and regulations which he is sworn to administer fairly and impartially in his capacity as a Department of Veterans Affairs’ lead compensation service analyst.

Mr. Jim Sampsel’s “conclusions” are not objective and not scientifically valid, but are discriminatory in the extreme given his position.

Personally, I believe all Agent Orange-related claims which were denied compensation under his tenure should be reviewed by a knowledgeable, independent adjudicator.

Personally, I believe his comments were (and actions may have been) totally unprofessional.

Personally, I believe he should be reprimanded.

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To Jim Sampsel who might be deaf, blind and mute

Dear Jim Sampsel,

Forget the Viet Nam War–
too messy, too bloody, too…
and forget its legacy of pain,
physical and emotional trauma,
its psychological outburst.
This is not a poem,
but a work of describing
so let’s get on with it,
shall we.


Dear Jim Sampsel,

Is this enough?
Do we need more?

Perhaps a link will assist you in your quest out of ignorance and gross stupidity. Agent Orange is an issue.
Deal with it. Please open the link below:

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This is the Veteran’s Administration on Agent Orange

Among Jim Sampsel’s statements:

He said he believes Agent Orange contained “very, very small amounts” of dioxin, which was quickly destroyed by sunlight and the open air. “That’s not commonly acknowledged by advocates,” he said. Moreover, Sampsel said, United States planes did not spray it when American troops were in the area.

Sampsel pushed back against claims that veterans who served outside of Vietnam were exposed to Agent Orange. “When we get to outside of Vietnam, there’s a lot of controversy about Agent Orange use. And primarily it’s media hype, in my opinion.”

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A News Story by Charles Ornstein

At a meeting in March, a lead analyst in the VA’s compensation service was critical of the media, scientists, and the VA’s own administrative tribunal for taking positions that differ from his.

A key federal official who helps adjudicate claims by veterans who say they were exposed to Agent Orange has downplayed the risks of the chemical herbicide and questioned the findings of scientists, journalists, and even a federal administrative tribunal that conflict with his views.

Jim Sampsel, a lead analyst within the Department of Veterans Affairs’ compensation service, told a VA advisory committee in March that he believes much of the renewed attention to Agent Orange—used during the Vietnam War to kill brush and deny cover to enemy troops—is the result of media “hype” and “hysteria,” according to a transcript of the meeting released to ProPublica.

“When it comes to Agent Orange, the facts don’t always matter,” said Sampsel, himself a Vietnam veteran who also handles Gulf War-related illness questions. “So we have to deal with the law as written.”

Part of Sampsel’s job entails reviewing evidence to determine whether a veteran or group of veterans came in contact with Agent Orange outside of Vietnam. By law, veterans are presumed to have been exposed to Agent Orange if they served or stepped foot in Vietnam; they have to prove exposure if they served at sea or in another country during the war. They also must have a disease that the VA ties to exposure to the herbicide.

Read all of it here:

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