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Torture response

Thanks to Mr. Jones for his response to my comments on torture. He said, …”they didn’t go far enough. It’s war.”

Just what does “didn’t go far enough” mean, I do not know. Perhaps he could reveal how far enough is far enough. Cutting limbs or heads off, is that far enough?

However, he did say clearly, “It’s war.”

With that said, those captives are soldiers, and are by law and a code of honor not subject to mistreatment, to torture by their captors.

By torturing the captured, we violate the law and soil our honor. We must remember, the tortured are tortured in our name, we the people.

So are we willing to sacrifice our dignity and national honor to become barbarians, a people that permits brutality of those held in chains?

On 9-11 Mr. Jones, you are throwing darts in the dark. But style is the man.

P.S. The Lord said: “Revenge is mine.”

Jesus Christ preached agape. I hope he finds it.

Bill Crawford

South Lake Tahoe

Healthy New Year

It’s time for New Year’s resolutions, particularly those about our health. Although gun violence remains the leading cause of death among young people, our most dangerous weapon is still our fork. Forty-five times as many die of chronic diseases linked to a diet containing animal products, sugar and salt.

Hardly a month goes by without another study linking consumption of animal products with obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and certain cancers. No reputable study has ever shown an opposite result.

But times are changing. Hundreds of schools, colleges, hospitals, and corporate cafeterias, have embraced Meatless Monday. According to a Gallup poll, 22 percent of American consumers are avoiding meat and 12 percent are avoiding dairy products. Harris Interactive claims that 47 percent of American consumers are reducing consumption of animal products.

Accordingly, plant-based alternatives to meat and dairy products are growing explosively, propelled by investments from Microsoft, Paypal and Twitter founders. Fast-food chains like Chipotle, Subway, and Taco Bell are rolling out vegan options.

Let this New Year’s resolution be about exploring the rich variety of plant-based entrees, lunch meats, cheeses, ice creams, and milks in our supermarket. The Internet offers tons of recipes and transition tips.

Taylor Little

South Lake Tahoe


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