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October 29, 2012

Letters to the editor, Sunday, Oct. 28

— Something seems wrong about company moving icebergs

Dear editor,

There is a company called Dassault Systemes from France that, in my opinion, is engaged in a questionable, if not shady endeavor to transport icebergs by ship and other means to various locations for a water supply.

Their advertisements are probably not given much attention because of the ongoing debates and other election activities. Their claim is water solutions for the world. I believe they are nothing more than thieves and fortune hunters.

The icebergs belong to the Earth and to the seas, and to the creatures that use them for shelter and safe havens and a host of other natural activities. The loss of (or “removing”) icebergs adversely affects oceanic and atmospheric temperatures — I thought we were all in for the “green” agenda.

Bill Bush,

Weatherford

McGovern’s legacy also included nutrition committee

Dear editor,

Last Sunday, we lost former U.S. Senator George McGovern. Although many will recall his disastrous 1972 loss to Richard Nixon and his subsequent leadership in getting us out of Vietnam, his truly lasting legacy will be his war on hunger and malnutrition.

In 1977, following extensive public hearings, McGovern’s Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs published Dietary Goals for the United States, a precursor to today’s Dietary Guidelines. It marked the first time that a U.S. government document recommended reduced meat consumption.

The meat industry forced the committee to destroy all copies of the report and to remove the offending recommendation from a new edition. It then abolished the committee, voted McGovern out of office and warned government bureaucrats never to challenge meat consumption again. (Food Politics by Marion Nestle, 2007).

Yet, after 35 years of studies linking meat consumption with elevated risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer and other killer diseases, the MyPlate icon, representing USDA’s current Dietary Guidelines for Americans, recommends vegetables, fruits, and grains, but never mentions meat, and shunts dairy off to one side. (www.choosemyplate.gov)

And it all started with one brave senator from South Dakota.

Wilson Crowley,

Weatherford

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