Printed Letters: May 2, 2017
Drainage district fees are called into question
This year’s drainage bills have been sent out. I’m not sure what they are doing with the money. But, I don’t believe any is being used to keep accurate records. I received a bill for a property I haven’t owned since April of last year.
At time of development, the building where I office was required to install a large underground drain that runs through the parking lot and develop a retention area large enough to significantly reduce the footprint of building and parking area. It seems that investment should be adequate for the impact to drainage created by this 10-year-old building. Yet now the building owners are required to pay the drainage district an extra $600 year, on top of the amount collected through the building’s real estate taxes.
I understand that there is probably more water that drains into the river from the north. However, there is still an abundant amount that ends up in the river from the south too, miraculously, without any drainage district and their “fee.”
Meat alternatives are healthier and more affordable
Greg Walcher’s objection to the tax on cattle (“Eating tofu in the dark,” April 28) rests on numerous questionable claims, yet his assertion that consumers will not choose to eat meat alternatives (such as tofu) if given the choice is perhaps the most distasteful (if the pun may be forgiven) — as Americans already are choosing something else for dinner.
Tofu is not only healthier and more nutritious than animal protein, but also is more affordable. Tofu is trouble-free to prepare, and delicious. The FDA says 25 grams of soy protein per day reduces the risk of coronary heart disease — and at the same time urges consumers to reduce and limit their consumption of animal protein. Beyond tofu, nuts, seeds, whole grains, legumes and beans also possess numerous health benefits while providing protein superior in quality to beef. Or any other animal protein.
Perhaps this is why annual per-capita red meat consumption in the U.S. fell 15 percent to 101 pounds in the past 10 years, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It’s down by a third since the early 1970s, when per-capita consumption was pushing 150 pounds per year. And with nearly a third of Americans already reducing their consumption of animal protein, it seems Americans would rather not see steak for dinner. Or any other animal protein at any time of day.
The over-consumption of meat, especially beef, and other poor dietary choices are now killing more Americans than tobacco (University of Washington). Yet there are no known dangers to a diet rich in tofu, or other plant protein. We hold ranchers in the highest regard, and respect Mr. Walcher’s “holy cow,” but we must hope Mr. Walcher has a change of heart about tofu — for the long-term health of his heart. And the planet.
Sentinel should publish letters covering all opinions
In Sunday’s paper there was a picture of the home of Walter Walker, the former publisher of The Daily Sentinel. In those years The Daily Sentinel did not trash-can the letters to the editor that spoke people’s minds as to what was sent in of their opinions in politics or other matters, whether conservative or liberal.
Nowadays the Daily Sentinel prints the articles that degrade the conservative side of our government leaders and highlights the articles of disgruntled liberal people. If the paper is going to allow letters to be sent in on opinions, then both sides need to be heard. I’ve sent in several opinions in the last couple of months, and none got printed. Several people have told me they have noticed a change in The Daily Sentinel in the same way. I don’t think this letter will get printed either — but it’s worth a try.
RAFAEL A SALAZ
Thanks to those involved in Share Fest volunteer effort
Months past, seeing the notice for Share Fest, I encouraged an elderly couple to sign up for help. Sure hope they did. This caused me to finally admit that at almost 75, with a bad back and eyes damaged from cataract surgery, some chores were becoming difficult, even dangerous. Getting on a step stool to change batteries in smoke alarm and a high light bulb makes me dizzy. Never finished raking the leaves in the fall, and juniper hedges were taking over the walkway.
I put in a request for Share Fest help for myself. What a wonderful program! I do not know how many churches take part, nor how many volunteers sign up, or how many people are helped. I do know that the six people who came to my house made an amazing difference in two and a half hours. Profound thanks to John, Christy, Jacob and Cody Gordon, and John and Melissa Kleppinger from Fellowship Church.
My deepest thanks to all involved in this volunteer effort.