Consider going vegan in 2013
This year’s developments have certainly vindicated those of us who care about our health, our environment and our treatment of animals.
In January, first lady Michelle Obama unveiled revamped federal guidelines requiring school cafeterias to serve more fruits, vegetables and whole grains and less sodium and animal fat.
In March, a study involving nearly 38,000 men and 84,000 women by the Harvard School of Public Health concluded that one daily serving of meat is associated with a 13 percent to 20 percent increase in the risk of death from heart disease or cancer.
The American Journal of Preventive Medicine estimates that prevalence of obesity among American adults will escalate to 42 percent by 2030, with a $550 billion increase in medical costs.
The Humane Society exposed unconscionable atrocities among three pig producers in Oklahoma and a Pennsylvania egg farm. It’s little wonder that 7 percent of Americans consider themselves vegetarian or vegan and 28 percent are actively reducing their meat consumption, leading to a 12 percent U.S. drop since 2007.
We should all consider following suit for this New Year’s resolution. Entering “live vegan” in a search engine brings tons of recipes and other useful information.
Wesley Yellott, Weatherford
Take action to protect gun rights
I watched in disgust as California Sen. Feinstein and New York Mayor Bloomberg wasted no time in using the terrible murders in Newtown to amplify their fight against our right to protect ourselves and families.
I think passing more empty laws that criminals will continue to ignore will not keep anyone safe. If the president’s daughters are protected with an armed security detail while at school, why don’t our precious kids deserve the same sense of security from these monsters?
I want something to be done and refuse to settle for the same old Washington runaround that provides no results. Another “simple fix” law will not repair the damage that’s been done to the moral fabric of this country. The typical name calling and making villains of both sides will not solve this terrible problem.
Now is not the time to stand on the sidelines during this attack on our Second Amendment right to bear arms. Do you really believe that the only weapons gun control advocates want to eradicate are assault weapons? I ask for everyone who wants to continue enjoying their right to hunt, target shoot, or defend themselves and their families, to please do your part by contacting our representatives in Washington like Rep. Granger, Sen. Cornyn and Senator-elect Cruz. Tell them to not support legislation that would inhibit our right to bear arms.
You can also join one or more of the organizations that are striving to protect our second amendment rights. To simply stand by and do nothing at this time means that our right to defend ourselves and our families will be in jeopardy.
Wesley Wright, Whitt