Food safety

EDITOR: According to the lead story in yesterday's Washington Post, the meat inspection program that USDA plans to roll out in meat and poultry plants nationwide has repeatedly failed to stop production of contaminated meat. The program allows meat producers to increase the speed of processing lines and replace USDA safety inspectors with their own employees.

But plants operating under this program have experienced some of the worst health and safety violations that include failure to remove fecal matter and partly digested food, according to USDA inspector general. These contaminants may contain complex strains of deadly E. coli and listeria.

Traditionally, USDA has catered more to the interests and profitability of the meat industry than health and safety concerns of American consumers. Consumer interests come into play only when large numbers of us get sick. Having the USDA protect consumers is like asking the fox to guard the chicken house.

The Obama administration must reallocate responsibility for consumer safety to the Food and Drug administration. In the meantime, each of us must assume responsibility for our own safety by switching to the rich variety of plant-based meats offered in local supermarkets.


Samuel Muncy



EDITOR: Not too many years ago and before electronics became what it is today I thought I was a very very popular person. No matter what lot I chose to park my car in people would blow their horn twice as a I passed by them. I would in turn wave obligingly so as not to seem unappreciative. I truly basked in this unknown unwarranted adulation although I was oblivious to its meritorious origin. In time I was to have my bubble deflated when I learned that the horn blowing was the remote locking of their cars. I'm thinking; I'm not going to like this new electronic age, and I haven't. I like it less as the years brings more ambiguous trends.

I believe it all started back in Mr. Clinton envisioned each and every student in American sitting in front of the new digital, computerized, fully advanced electronics that would make students much smarter.

Being pragmatic I envisioned a different picture of the future of a totally computerized world. I instantly scorned the idea that everyone should be engulfed in this new trend. This computerized world belonged in offices, banks, business transactions, hospitals, etc. Clinton's vision never materialized because his toys that have dumbed down your children's future. I've proven more right than he, as most high schools do not have the where-with-al that's needed for the next step into college curricular activities. The electronic age has not so much redeemed mankind but has pronounced judgement ins ever terms.

Feel like posting photographs of self on cyberspace? Be sure you left some clothes on as you can't change it once it's sent. Every thought you have should need not be posted, you are not that great.

The jails are cluttered with people who posted what should not have been posted. The cemeteries are dotted with tomb-stones echoing the failure of miscreants not acknowledging the rights of others. Others who took their own lives because of thoughtless scatterings of information or misinformation that would have been better off left in limbo.

With the introduction of high tech computers and the abilities of intelligent underlings and their unbridled desire to relieve you of your life long savings are having a grand time stealing your life savings and identity. Crime in cyberspace has gone beyond comprehension. There are billions of dollars being pilfered through computer and electronic manipulation that reaches into the depths of banking and big and small business of the world. Jails are crowded with cyberspace felons who cannot resist the lure of easy money. Thousands of others who have no other motives but are incarcerated because of the lure of pornography.

Back to the onset of this new technology, I looked through my mental telescope and saw what is now reality. I didn't like what I sawn then and refuse to accept it now. I send letters to whomever, I don't text them or e-mail them. I like talking to the mail person, writing letters and buying stamps. I don't like phones either, hardly ever answer it even thought I have a cordless that's as far as my knowledge of the new age of electronics in my house goes. I post messages but I post them on the refrigerator for the wife to buy milk or something.

My phone will take messages but don't bother to send me any because I probably won't answer then anyway. Putting every thought you have on facebook or any other book for everyone to see or reading other peoples posting is to me the last word in lunacy and becomes more mentally deprecating and man slips slowly into perdition.

Since the onset of this new technology you have lost the ear of your children. If and when you wish to converse with said children you must first confiscate their machines. Full grown men and women have admitted that without their daily cell phones within reach they could not forage through the day. But wait, now we must put up with the little square box in the form of a maze and you need a machine to decipher it. I don't have a machine to do this and I don't want to know what it says. If you would like us to know what it says just print it. I don't buy a paper or magazine to have some or most of it cluttered with unreadable mazes. I don't have a smart phone, I just need a phone that knows how to talk to me and I talk back.

Vincent Calaman