Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor for Feb. 25

Threats made by inmates

On Sunday’s front page the article “Jail search turns up apparent gang threat” noted that the illicit use by criminals of all kinds of contraband to continue their activities, including murders, kidnappings, threats, etc.

The same day’s opinion page had an editorial by The (Aiken) Standard, “Punishment too harsh for Facebook behind bars.” The content of Facebook, contraband or other messages from criminals behind bars was not discussed in this editorial, yet if you or your family were the victim of the intent of such criminals, locked away but with resources as outlined on your front-page article, you might have a different view!

The editorial writer might very much lack the details of why these criminals were given such harsh sentences. Evil intent can be carried out on either side of the law. There is more to the harsh sentence than just that the Department of Corrections wants to make a statement!

Nancy Cornwell-Daves


Nutrition panel tells all

The U.S. Advisory Panel on Dietary Guidelines has finally mustered the courage to recommend that Americans eat less meat and dairy products.

And not just to lower our risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and obesity, but also because it slows the rate of climate change, with its own devastating consequences.

The 572-page report released on Thursday notes that half of all Americans have preventable diet-related chronic diseases and that two-thirds of adults and one-third of children are overweight.

It concludes that a dietary pattern higher in plant-based foods and lower in animal-based foods is more health promoting and associated with lesser environmental impact than the current U.S. diet.

The 1977 recommendation that Americans eat less meat by the Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs was quashed by the meat industry, and subsequent dietary guidelines panels have been very cautious.

The 2010 dietary guidelines panel merely shoved meat and dairy off the official MyPlate icon, representing the U.S. Dietary Guidelines.

Though the experts have now told the truth, our family's health is still up to us. Fortunately, local supermarkets offer a variety of meat and dairy-free options and the Internet has lots of advice on vegan recipes and transition tips.

Richard Horchow

Rock Hill