Letters to the Editor 02-22-14

Here is a novel approach to “calamity” days. Let the educational authorities (that’s you, school boards) state how many days per year it takes to impart a quality education, and then make certain that is what happens in that many days.
To agree that it takes 182 days of fair weather to educate our kids, but only 177 days if the weather is bad — and now possibly only 172 — is certainly an interesting position to be blessed by the Ohio school boards and the OEA.
At the same time, if it is productive to extend the school day by 30 minutes now, why not do it year-round, and either increase the amount of education our kids receive, or further shorten the existing school year?
While I am sympathetic to the stated need for school time in advance of statewide testing dates, and therefore adding days at the end of the year would not help meet the preparation, if the schools were delivering the education in an ongoing manner, we would not need to be concerned about “cram” days prior to tests.
To forestall the argument this is sure to generate, I ask only that the educational system explain why 40 percent (a recent number I have seen) of high school graduates who go on to college then test into developmental (read: remedial) classes in reading, writing, and/or math?
I think the argument over calamity days is in the same class as rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic — entertaining, but fruitless.
John Platt

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is still expanding the list of retailers carrying meat unfit for human consumption to Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, and 970 locations in California alone. About 8.7 million pounds were shipped all through 2013 by Rancho Feeding Corp. of Petaluma, Calif.
The recall comes in the wake of USDA’s new “inspection” program that allows the meat industry to increase speed of processing lines and replace federal inspectors with plant employees. According to the USDA inspector general, this has resulted in partial failure to remove fecal matter, undigested food, and other contaminants that may contain deadly E. coli and listeria bacteria.
Traditionally, USDA has catered more to the interests and profitability of the meat industry than health and safety of American consumers. Consumer interests come into play only when large numbers of us get sick. Having USDA protect consumers is like asking the fox to guard the henhouse.
The Obama administration should reallocate responsibility for all food safety to the Food and Drug Administration. In the meantime, each of us can assume responsibility for our own safety by switching to the rich variety of soy-based meat products offered by our favorite supermarket.
Frederick Feder

Eight thousand Americans make more than $125 million a year. Would it not be better if we would take those 8,000 and spread it out so 4,000,250 citizens would make $250,000 a year? That is just one of the possibilities of living in the hydrogen economy which is coming someday, somehow.
Nothing needs to be invented. My plan serves to make it possible to reduce poison chemicals, fossil fuel, and fluoride at least 20 percent a year for the next five.
In America, you see pharmaceutical medicine, which kills 100 times more than all illegal drugs combined, advertised on TV, which is not practiced in any other country. It pushes the use of fluoride on all ages, knowing it has killed more people from cancer and other abnormalities in the last 30 years than all lost souls in all wars.
They take industrial poison byproducts out of storage to put in cigarettes, toothpaste, mouthwash, drinking water, and foods by way of GMOs, soil, and air.
The facts are, we must overcome fracking, the Keystone Pipeline, the use of poisons including fluoride, fossil fuel use, and ungreen livestock practices before they completely bankrupt the health care system.
Launching the hydrogen economy, hemp, and self-sufficient industries in every state is the answer. The timing to accomplish these great missions is perfect. We have education, communication, the power of the truth, and the will to survive.
Go to to learn more about fluoride.
Terry Cook



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