November 12, 2012

Letters to the editor: Proactive view of climate change needed

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Superstorm Sandy floods Manhattan’s West Side Highway on Oct. 29. Both Sandy and last summer’s “extraordinary weather events” should jump-start a national discussion on preventing climate change, a reader says.

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In this story, The Associated Press reported that the administration and its security forces were notified by email from the State Department that a claim of responsibilty came from Twitter and Facebook posts by Ansar al-Sharia, a Yemeni terrorist training organization.

What is the amazing thing to me is that there is no mention of the fact that the very organiztion also the next day rescinded the claim of responsibility. One must wonder if the AP has an agenda or whether it is, as I suspect, just very bad reporting that sets the readers up for making decisions based on misleading information.

This is a subject that has no room for error, since we lost the valuable lives of four Americans, including a beloved ambassador. I simply can't imagine in the days of Walter Cronkite, David Brinkley, Edward R. Murrow, the list goes on, that such a story would be written with no accountability for delivering literally half of the story.

Yes, the times are so volatile that when we have sources out there who are so willing to obfuscate and push a partisan button whenever possible, we can't allow the establishments that have been familiar names in news to commit such a failure of trust to their readers.

Julian H. Rogers


Writer didn't exaggerate hazards of our food system

I would like to respond to Bruce Stillings' letter of Nov. 8 ("Food column leaves sour taste"), criticizing Avery Yale Kamila's "scary" Oct. 31 Natural Foodie column ("Grim reapings from the industrial food system"). He should be thankful that such a column appeared in the paper.

So many of us do not realize the dangers in our diet. Please read a few books concerning our food and food producers. Here are a few for you to investigate: "The China Study," by T. Colin Campbell, and "The Food Revolution" and "The Diet for a New America," both by John Robbins (son of the ice cream man). I could name several more.

If you read one of the books I refer to, you'll come to realize the dangers in our food, food producers and food production. So many illnesses in America are a result of contaminated food, let alone the very food America consumes.

My wife and I have been vegetarians for many years, and due to the books I mentioned we've become plant-based whole food (vegan) eaters.

I urge you to investigate one of the books, and you'll appreciate Natural Foodie's "scary" column.

Dick Poliquin


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