Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor for Sunday, October 21, 2018

The plate features whole grain pasta with fresh vegetables as a main course, with pineapple, blueberries and yogurt as a dessert.
The plate features whole grain pasta with fresh vegetables as a main course, with pineapple, blueberries and yogurt as a dessert. AP

Save our planet at your grocery store

Right on the heels of utter devastation wrought by Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael, comes an alarming report in the prestigious journal Nature that mitigation of global climate change will require a massive switch to plant-based eating.

The report concludes that global warming threatens the world’s very food supply, in addition to generating scorching heat, raging wildfires, devastating hurricanes, massive flooding and rising sea levels. It was compiled by an international panel of 23 climate experts and follows the latest warning about rising temperatures by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

A 2010 United Nations report blamed animal agriculture for 19 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, 70 percent of freshwater use and 38 percent of land use. Carbon dioxide is emitted by burning forests to create animal pastures and by operating factory farms. The more damaging methane and nitrous oxide are released from digestive tracts of cattle and from animal waste cesspools, respectively.

In an environmentally sustainable world, just as we replace fossil fuels by wind, solar, and other pollution-free energy sources, we must also replace meat and dairy products in our diet by vegetables, fruits and grains.

Our next supermarket visit offers a superb opportunity to get started.

Jeffery Bauman,

Columbus

Distasteful view of protests

Phillip Stewart, an Alabama grocer, announced he’s banning Pepsi products embossed with the NFL logo. Why? The players disrespect the flag. Stewart joins an undistinguished cast, zealous to imitate President Donald Trump. Dr. Emir Caner, president at Truett MConnell University banned Nike gear on campus. Why? Caner said Colin Kaepernick mocks our troops. The College of the Ozarks President Jerry C. Davis charged that Nike executives promote division and disrespect toward America. What? Kenner, Louisiana, Mayor Ben Zahn forbid the city to purchase Nike products for the city’s recreation department. However, the blowback shook Zahn, he folded like a slide rule.

Stewart condescendingly says the players have a just cause, but he disagrees with their peaceful protests. In addition he’s disgusted with how the NFL players have handled the situation. What grade does he give Trump? He derided players as son of b----, and urged the owners to fire them.

In 2014, Chicago Police officer Jason Van Dyke fired 16 shots and killed LaQuan McDonald, who carried a three-inch bladed knife and was veering away from officers. The savagery and senselessness Van Dyke displayed incited an investigation.

Stewart’s disdain for the players protest, without expressing equal condemnation for police killings, is akin to swallowing a camel, but gagging on a gnat.

Marc D. Greenwood,

Camp Hill, Ala.

There are bigger eyesore issues

Now that I’ve had time to think about it, why is it all of a sudden an issue about the Georgia Power substation being an eyesore or endangerment for the Chase Homes? I think back 50 years, and it’s always been there and always been ugly. So why now? We know powers that be were not comfortable with the Riverwalk running by the projects, nor Whitewater advocates appreciative of the view as rafts eased by, but ... and it’s a big but, now that big money is about to be poured into the old City Mills property (owned by Friends of Teresa) to develop an expensive restaurant/entertainment complex, all of a sudden the thought of project residents hanging around so close is a big threat for a nighttime business. Personally, I think the ugliness of the electric substation is a bigger issue. How about making Georgia Power move it? Oh, and how about addressing our pothole — some patched and some not — laced streets throughout our community?

Hal Kirven,

Columbus

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