SERVICE WITH SMILES
I know, I know, it is now called 50 North. I became involved some years ago so, perhaps stubbornly, I still refer to it as the Senior Center.
Anyway, considering that I am, hopefully, temporarily handicapped, I have relied on them for help.
My microwave recently died. Egads, now what? That rascal was too heavy for me to deal with, but I bought what I assumed was a smaller one. Not so. There I was, one heavy dead unit on the kitchen counter, and a replacement in the car trunk that was too heavy to handle.
The Senior Center came to the rescue! They don’t wear capes but they did have Captain Helper take the dead unit away and install the new one.
It isn’t easy losing a degree of independence, but how great it is to know help is just a call away. Praise and thanks, not only for the service, but that it came with smiles and a “no problem” attitude.
SAFETY OF KIDS MATTERS MOST
I would like to quote Brian Whitaker (letter, Aug. 8). He wrote: “Most arguments against the changing of existing infrastructure by the addition of bicycle lanes are founded upon personal beliefs (which tend to be biased).” His letter went on to point out stats that were quite interesting.
But I didn’t see any stats on Findlay during the ’50s and ’60s, when most streets were only one and two lanes, even down Main Street. Also, I didn`t see a stat where people that ride bicycles obeyed the laws. I know I didn`t then.
Where is the concern for our children and their safety? Not to mention what if your child was riding in the street, let’s say West Main Cross Street, or even South Blanchard Street, and a semi was going down the road?
Whitaker talked about Findlay becoming more beautiful with the bike lanes. I disagree: Safety and common sense would out-rule that one.
Why not widen the sidewalks, or better yet, put them around the river or park? Whitaker did a good job on stats, but one of the stats that counts the most is the safety of our children.
SHIFT TO PLANT-BASED EATING
“Climate Change Threatens World Food Supply” was the lead story in many newspapers this week. It was prompted by the release of a report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
The report details how climate change is threatening our world’s food and water supplies — turning arable land to desert, degrading soil, and raising the frequency of devastating weather conditions. It concludes that avoiding wholesale starvation and mass migrations requires fundamental changes in current animal agriculture and land management practices, which account for 23 percent of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions.
The conclusions match closely those by Oxford University in 2017 and by Chatham House in 2015. A 2010 United Nations report blames animal agriculture for 19 percent of freshwater use, and 38 percent of land use. All reports recommend a massive shift to plant-based eating.
In an environmentally sustainable world, meat and dairy products in our diet must be replaced by vegetables, fruits, and grains, just as fossil fuels are replaced by wind, solar, and other pollution-free energy sources.