Letters to the Editor for Feb. 15, 2013


Published: Friday, February 15, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 9:53 p.m.

Meat-free Lent

Wednesday marked the beginning of Lent, the 40-day period before Easter when some Christians abstain from meat and dairy products in remembrance of Jesus' 40 days of fasting.

Devout Christians who observe meatless Lent help reduce their risk of chronic disease, as well as environmental degradation and animal abuse. Dozens of medical reports have linked consumption of animal products with elevated risk of heart failure, stroke, cancer and other killer diseases.

A 2007 United Nations report named meat production as the largest source of greenhouse gases and water pollution. Undercover investigations have documented farm animals being abused.

Lent offers a superb opportunity to honor Jesus' powerful message of compassion and love by adopting a meat-free diet for Lent and beyond.

Every supermarket offers an array of meat and dairy alternatives. Entering “vegetarian” in a search engine provides meat replacement products, recipes and transition tips.

Doug Osborne,

Gainesville

In the tank

It's obvious that the liberal Democrats and mainstream media are in the tank for this president and his administration. It's obvious that the terrorist attack in Benghazi, where our ambassador and three other Americans were killed, was just another day.

You saw the arrogance of Obama, for weeks, saying this attack was due to a YouTube video. Hillary Clinton said she was responsible. Yet when it finally came time for her to testify, she showed anger and frustration and yelled that at this point in time, what does it matter?

Four people were killed and this administration showed us, the American people, they don't care. You left-wing radicals, liberals and Democrats are ultimately to be blamed for putting such a dangerous man in our White House for another four more years.

Grace Chlastawa,

Hawthorne

Keep out the feds

We need to keep the federal government out of the issue of legalizing marijuana. It was the federal government that promoted the abuse of alcohol. It allowed marketers to target children and cause them to abuse alcohol and tobacco. We don't need anyone promoting the abuse of substances.

Every citizen should be allowed to buy marijuana plants at garden stores. We do not need anybody controlling this industry. We do not need another cash crop. We do not need corporate America promoting substance abuse.

When the federal government gets involved, monopolies are created. The elites in Washington will be the ones who control marijuana. The elites will be the ones to make all the money off this business. We need small businessmen to be allowed to make money off this business.

Michael W. Harris,

Lake City

No need for guns

There is much disagreement currently over how strict federal firearm regulations should be. But let me ask this; Are firearms for self defense even necessary in the first place? Should anyone be allowed to possess firearms, besides for military purposes?

I know that the Second Amendment calls for protection of the personal right to bear arms, but this was instituted for the purpose of keeping a “well regulated militia.” The United States military is plenty well regulated without millions of citizens boasting their own weapons. The United States Constitution was written in 1787. Have times not changed?

Sam Hagen,

Gainesville

Who's kidding who?

Who is kidding who with all this talk of hybrid cars and electric cars that get over 40 mpg? Back in 1981 I had a Volkswagen Rabbit that got 51 mpg. In '93 I bought a Geo Metro that got 53 mpg. On that car there was some kind of computer chip that went bad and the mpg dropped to about 35 mpg, but the car ran just as good as before.

At the same time Honda had a car that got over 50 mpg. In the next few years it disappeared. If you don't think people are lying to you, look in the grocery stores. Prices are up and a lot of the packages have gotten smaller. They have the nerve to tell you that there is no inflation or very little.

Harold R. Provins,

Fanning Springs

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