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Letters to the Editor - April 3

April 03, 2013

Pay attention to your food


To the editor:

Food is a small word, but is has big meanings. It can be our friend or our enemy. It is colorful. It can be a fruit or a vegetable, dairy, fish, meat or nuts. It can be canned, boxed, frozen, fresh packed, grilled or microwaved. Farm markets have food grown on farms and orchards. Food is in books, magazines and on TV.

You only get one body here on earth. Do you live to eat or eat to live? We should eat healthy food and snacks. You are hurting your body inside and out. Your body can’t do much from junk foods. They have bad ingredients in them like salt, sugar, fat, food color dyes and toxins.

How much do people — kids, teenagers — eat sugar, salt in one day from foods? Some people and kids have food allergies. You can also get diseases from foods. It’s up to us to choose. Read the food labels. We can change food in the recipe to make them healthful ingredients.

Food has changed over the years. Food companies are a money-making business. They can change their ingredients in food to make them healthier.

Why do we eat foods? For our bodies. It’s a pleasure; we see food and we want it. We go to restaurants, drive-up windows. We eat for convenience — microwavable, in a box, in a can.

Are you playing a game with food? You are playing a game with your life. There is no magical way to lose weight. Go to a weight support group where you can learn about  the portion size of food, to drink water and exercise. Lose weight and meet supportive friends. Lose weight, look and feel better.


Barinda Golden
Boonsboro



Airport tower isn’t needed


To the editor:

I have been flying commercially for 35 years. Perhaps that’s not a lot, but it’s enough. I have flown in Europe, Africa, Latin America and, of course, here. I have flown Piper Cubs to jets. It is my belief, that Hagerstown’s air traffic volume does not warrant an ATC tower, and hasn’t for years. Airport and county officials essentially acknowledge that when they turn to political and economic reasons to support keeping the tower. Basically, they’re saying that, for Hagerstown, the tower is a status symbol, and they want the status.

I think it’s fair to say, that with the economic crunch upon us, spending public funds on fluff such as status symbols is woefully inappropriate.

Having flown both jets and small aircraft into nontowered fields, I can speak from experience when I say that there is minimal disruption to operations due to lack of a tower. Non-towered airport procedures are uniform, well understood by pilots and easy to follow. When required, aircraft receive their clearances the same way as at towered fields — via the radio. The primary responsibility for collision avoidance in visual conditions rests with the same people as well — the pilots. 

If there were such a thing as a worthwhile status symbol, I’d say it would more closely resemble a fully funded Head Start, Meals on Wheels or public transportation program. Not a monument to wasteful government, like a superfluous control tower.


Walt Tinkler
Fairplay



We need less politics and more governing


To the editor:

To every time, there is a season. A time to run for office and a time to govern from the office that you have won. And if you have lost, it is a time to reflect and plan what you may do in future years; however, if you lost it was because whoever you ran against got more votes ... so get over it.

I believe part of the reason that we are so divided as a nation is because our political leaders, whether they won or lost an election, never shift gears and go into “governing mode.” Politicians from both major parties are campaigning 24/7, 365 days a year with no break. They never give the rhetoric a rest, and therefore keep their political base constantly stirred up and the nation divided. I believe that in addition to term limits, we need campaign limits. There should be a legally defined period of time before an election that political parties can run their campaigns, and after elections we need to hear a calm silence that will allow for our elected leaders to do that which we elected them to do — govern until the next campaign season.

We are all tempted to criticize politicians whom we did not vote for and that we do not agree with; however, we all need to learn to stop pointing fingers and allow our republic to work. If those who are elected do a fine job, they will most likely be re-elected. And if they do a poor job, they will most likely be replaced. But whether we agree with them or not, we must give them the opportunity to govern and implement the policies that they ran for office on and were elected to implement.

I think it would be in everyone’s best interest to allow the current political storm to calm and for our current leaders to lead. We should wait for the next election to discuss our differences in a civil manner.


Rodney Pearson Sr.
Keedysville

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