Letters to the editor, January 14
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Updated: February 15, 2013 6:04AM
Neither party did the right thing to control spending
The media might tell you there is safety from the fiscal cliff for now. The real fact is, both parties failed to do the right thing and make real budget cuts to reduce the out-of-control government spending.
Tax increases on the wealthy are nothing more than smoke and mirrors to rile up people against good ol’ capitalism, hard work and success. Those are what made this country so great and brought us the technology that makes our lives much easier. What hurts the working class more: someone who creates jobs, is successful, wealthy and paying nearly 80 percent of our tax burden, or the growing size of a big government that takes more from our paychecks to fund its existence?
We will continue to see fewer jobs, plus high unemployment, gas and food prices.
The $16 trillion national debt and the $1.3 trillion annual deficit are the real fiscal cliffs.
‘Milk cliff’ another reason
to give up using cow’s milk
A frequent bugaboo of the fiscal cliff debacle was the “milk cliff” — the threat of milk prices doubling, if Congress failed to extend dairy subsidies. Parents were forgoing other necessities, because their children “had to have milk.”
Most industries would gladly give up their tax loopholes for that kind of product loyalty. But this one is totally undeserved.
Dairy products — laden with saturated fats, cholesterol, hormones and drugs —boost the risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer, especially in childhood.
A study of 12,829 children by Harvard Medical School found that drinking cow’s milk leads to weight gain. Several proteins in cow’s milk also can thicken mucus secretions, leading to respiratory problems.
The good news is, green leafy vegetables and legumes supply all the calcium and proteins touted in cow’s milk, without the excess calories and other yucky factors noted. Every supermarket offers a huge line of dairy-free milks, cheeses and ice creams made from healthy nuts and grains. This is why the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans shunned dairy (and meat) from the recommended plate of vegetables, fruits and grains. Cow’s milk is produced for bovines, not humans.
Son now knows for sure God exists, and there’s no doubt
You touched my heart and, yet, you would not touch my divine soul. That divinity was from God, and you knew not to touch the jewel God had given me.
I wanted to expose myself. I needed to. Did you see infinity? Did you see how much I love you, will always love you?
You could not have seen infinity. You would have exhausted yourself trying to see it; it has to be felt. Now, you know. It was only a glance, but now you know. You need not let doubt become an obstacle again, because now you know, my son, God exists.
Vallrie McGill Grant