Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Moore's agenda over law - again

In regards to Chief Justice Roy Moore's administrative order barring probate judges from issuing same-sex marriage licenses:

As a heterosexual man in a heterosexual marriage, the order denies neither me nor my spouse anything that either of us would seek, were we unmarried at this time. However, I am extremely displeased by this action and the statements made in issuing the order.

This administrative order is a travesty of legality, a mockery of justice, and an affront to LGBTQ people, the state of Alabama, and the Supreme Court of the United States. It is a disgusting, bigoted, selfish action taken to impose one man's religious ideology on the people of this state without due regard for law, the legitimacy of the U.S. Supreme Court, and the Constitution of the United States.

Sir, I will not fault you for your religious opinions. I will not fault you for your human need to find purpose beyond this life. I will not fault you for expressing your statements. However, I will hold you in contempt of your oaths, your duty, and your responsibility to faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent upon you under the Constitution and laws of the United States. In issuing this order, you have not administered justice without respect to persons, and you have not done equal right to the people of this state.

Mark Davis

Phenix City

Two responses

I would like to respond to two very different letters recently published in the L-E.

The first letter was crisp and to the point. I live in a 'transitional' neighborhood where hearing gun blasts is a fairly common occurrence. This last incident mirrors the letter writer's frustrations. I was the fourth caller reporting gunshots being fired for quite a time. The dispatcher on this date cheerfully informed me that I was the fourth caller and the police "were on their way."

What is wrong with this scenario? (1) I was the fourth caller; (2) the police "were on their way," and (3) the best yet -- when the cruiser showed up, about 15 minutes later, they drove through and left. I was outside, waiting to tell them where the shooter had been and could still be, I was waiting to tell them this is not the first time guns were in play without proper police response. I am in the process of purchasing a gun.

The second letter was written by a Smiths Station resident.

I too am American. I am of Scottish, American Indian, English and heaven-knows-what-else lineage and proud of the mix. It makes me who I am, an American. In most hyphenated designations the heritage is at least somewhat obvious, therefore redundant. America has been known as a melting pot for a reason. Let's keep melting. Way to go, Sir!

Nancy Morrison

Columbus

Healthy -- for most

Although peanuts are legumes, they carry almost all of the qualities of other popular edible kernels. They are rich in monounsaturated fats that are good for healthy heart. They are also a good source of vitamin E, niacin, folate, protein, manganese, magnesium, molybdenum, copper, and phosphorus. They are also an excellent source of biotin (vitamin H), a B vitamin which helps the body metabolize fats and carbohydrates and improves hair health and maintains proper function of the nervous system. Peanuts also provide resveratrol, the phenolic antioxidant also found in grapes and red wine. Peanuts also contain oleic acid, the healthful fat found in olive oil. They are also rich in antioxidants as many fruits, such as pomegranate. High concentration of the poly-phenolic antioxidants p-coumaric acid and resveratrol increases heart-health benefits by lowering cardiovascular and coronary heart diseases. Peanuts are also a good source of dietary fiber. Eating peanuts lowers the risk of weight gain, belly fat, and heart problems.

With their unique combination of good fats, vitamins and minerals, antioxidants and dietary fiber, peanuts make a delicious addition to a healthy diet.

Some people report they experience mild to severe allergic reactions to peanut exposure. Symptoms can range from watery eyes to anaphylactic shock, which can be fatal if untreated.

Peanuts may be contaminated with the fungus Aspergillus flavus, which produces a carcinogenic substance called aflatoxin. The USDA tests every truckload of raw peanuts for aflatoxin; any containing aflatoxin levels of more than 15 parts per billion are destroyed.

Diets that emphasize peanuts and peanut butter decrease cardiovascular disease risk by 21 percent. Enjoy a handful of peanuts, or a tablespoon of peanut butter at least four times a week.

Salman Elawad

Phenix City

Changing habits

The "Dietary Guidelines for Americans" released yesterday by U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services mark the ninth time in a row that the meat industry has successfully suppressed scientific findings recommending reduced meat consumption. The reduction was recommended by the government-appointed Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee in a 571-page report based on review of thousands of studies.

Reduced meat consumption was first recommended in 1977 by the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs in "Dietary Goals for the United States," a precursor to the Dietary Guidelines. The meat industry forced the committee to destroy all copies of the report and to remove the offending recommendation from a new edition.

That wanton government sell-out to the meat industry has replayed itself with every new edition of the Dietary Guidelines since then. "Dietary Guidelines for Americans" shape school lunches and other government food support programs and underlie public health campaigns to lower rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

Fortunately, American consumers are not easily duped. Sales of plant-based meats, cheeses, milks and ice creams have skyrocketed, and every grocery store provides seemingly countless choices of fruits and vegetables.

Dave Kephart

Columbus

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