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Talking Food

I find it somewhat annoying when people take it upon themselves to tell other people how they should be eating, much like those who tell others what not to wear. Do they ever think about how condescending their attitude is, however much they believe in it? Eating in a more healthful way is laudable, and what matters is if people have easy access to educating themselves, and having choices where they shop.

Telling people they should spend more on food so they can support organic farmers is wrong in my book.

Who is anyone to decide what others can afford? My sister shops almost exclusively at a co-op and is spending as much as 25 percent of her not-generous income on food. It's hard enough for poor people to get by.  What makes sense is to encourage stores to carry more than the usual junk. Frozen vegetables are often the healthiest and most economical choice. Restricting your intake to what is currently in season is a step back to the 19th century, when people canned their own vegetables.

Organic food does not always taste better. I appreciate having fully usable produce that has not been bruised or burrowed into by pests. Virtually every message in advertising is "spend more money on yourself", and conversely spending less on others. This is just one more of those lifestyle obsessions. Live your life as you choose, and let other people choose their own way without your pressure.

I consider it a great accomplishment that our farms can feed so many people so cheaply. But then, I'm from Minnesota.

-- Saul Davis, Philadelphia, PA

It is about more than just guns!

Your article on the Virginia Tech Massacre and the tragic death of Dr. Liviu Librescu is a nice tribute the man the world now knows as a selfless hero, a distinguished professor and a great scholar.

The article Never Again? is also rich with facts. Certainly, the non-uniformity with which the current laws are applied and enforced among the states is one of many things that points to a surprising lack of unity in the United States of America. I have often quipped that they should be called the Collective States of America.

Even though there are a lot of insightful and thought provoking things in the article, I thought tying the moral decay of society to the ease of gun ownership was a bit overbearing and simplistic. There is no doubt that it should have been harder for the shooter to have obtained the guns, but would that have prevented the tragedy? The volatile element in the attack was the troubled youth. It is unchecked anger that manifested into hate that killed all those people. Even if stricter enforcement of gun laws had prevented the shooter from buying a gun, he would have eventually and disastrously erupted with violence and hate unless his anger was calmed.

I will stop here, for fear of making a statement as fundamentally flawed as "It's about the guns!", except in the other extreme. In the real world, we cannot eliminate all implements of destruction and we cannot eliminate all hate, although each ideal carried out completely would prevent tragedies of this sort. By focusing too much on extraneous factors, we will just change tragedies, not prevent them.

-- Ralph Curry, Redmond, WA

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