Meat and heart disease

EDITOR: The new link between meat consumption and heart disease, discovered by Dr. Stanley Hazen of the Cleveland Clinic, is just the latest evidence linking meat consumption to killer diseases that cripple, then kill, 1.3 million Americans annually. Hazen's study showed that carnitine, an amino acid contained in all meat products, is a major factor in heart failure.

Similarly, an Oxford University study of nearly 45,000 adults in last January's American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that vegetarians were 32 percent less likely to be suffer from heart disease than people who ate meat and fish. A Harvard University study of 37,698 men and 83,644 women, in last April's Archives of Internal Medicine, concluded that meat consumption raises the risk of total, heart, and cancer mortality.

We have sacrificed the lives of 10,000 American personnel and trillions of dollars in waging two wars to avenge the deaths of 2,600 Americans in the 9/11 attacks. When will we wage a bloodless, low-cost war on the killer meat-based diet, potentially responsible for as many as 1.3 million American deaths annually?

In the meantime, we have the power to raise our own life expectancy by adopting a meat-free diet. An Internet search provides ample resources.

Sid Marcos

Towanda

Support for the pipeline

EDITOR: I would like to offer my support to the employees and contractors of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, Northeast Upgrade project. I have lived in this community for 42 years and have seen many changes. If one of those changes involves a gas pipeline being upgraded and means that our country could be less dependent on foreign energy sources, I support that. Many homes, businesses and offices in our area use natural gas to heat their home, their water and to cook with. I find it ironic that the opponents to the pipeline could be sitting at a restaurant, in a doctor's office, or a friend's home that is heated by gas. I bet they're toasty!

As for the people who have come to this area to work on this project, I have had the privilege of meeting and forming friendships with many of them. They are hard working people who believe in the company they work for.

They support many local businesses in the area. Hotels, landlords, restaurants, dentists and doctors offices, car repair shops, hair salons and barber shops, and many other small businesses benefit from this project. Many have been here for months some for years. They have also been able to provide jobs to people looking to supplement an income and in some cases provide full time employment.

Perhaps the protestors, in their quest to stage tree sittings, and such could sit in on a meeting with veterans, who have sacrificed their time and lives to give Americans the comforts many of us sometimes take for granted. Ask them their opinion, they've earned it.

Or perhaps they could sit in a homeless man's car that he calls home and help find a solution to his situation. Get him into a shelter of a place that may be heated by what else? Natural gas.

Sandy St. Onge

Milford, Pa.

Pennsylvanians "bottleneck"

EDITOR: I live in Wellsboro, Pa., a considerable distance from the border of New York State where there has been a bottle and can redemption policy in effect for many years.

It is disheartening to see the highways, rural roads, and landfills of Pennsylvania littered with cans and bottles constantly, which in my opinion has increased with the population due to the gas industry boom.

I have no idea why politicians have not pushed forward on a redemption plan for Pennsylvania, which would help clean this, unsightly mess up and improve the environment. I am sure this would also create more jobs for the economy, plus supplementing the income of many people who are willing to pick up these cans and bottles for redemption value, while making a cleaner Pennsylvania. Hopefully, someone who is in a position to move forward can get a redemption system enacted to remove this "Pennsylvania bottleneck."

Gilbert R. Acorn

Wellsboro, Pa.