Letters for Jan. 1, 2016

• Make a healthy New Year’s resolution • Kamaaina, let Hawaiian Airline know how you feel

Make a healthy New Year’s resolution

Once again, it’s time for New Year’s resolutions, particularly those to improve our diet and exercise routine.

Although gun violence and traffic accidents remain the leading causes of death among young people, the most dangerous weapon for the rest of us is still our fork. Well over a million of us are killed each year by high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer and other chronic diseases linked to our meat-based diet.

But times are changing.

According to Gallup, 22 percent of American consumers are avoiding meat and 12 percent are avoiding dairy products.

Supermarket chains, along with Target and Walmart, offer a growing selection of delicious and healthy plant-based meats and dairy products. Animal meat consumption has dropped by 8 percent in the past decade.

Hundreds of schools, colleges, hospitals and corporate cafeterias have embraced “Meatless Mondays” and vegan meals. Fast-food chains like Chipotle, Panera, Subway, Taco Bell and White Castle are rolling out vegan options.

Let’s make this New Year’s resolution about exploring the rich variety of plant-based entrees, lunch meats, cheeses, ice creams and milks, as well as the more traditional green and yellow veggies. The Internet offers tons of recipes and transition tips.

Leo Gushiken, Lihue

Kamaaina, let Hawaiian Airline know how you feel

There has been a lot of talk about the prices being charged by our only airline option, Hawaiian. I must travel frequently to Oahu for specialist doctor appointments and tests. And after looking at the prices for my next day trip, I called the airline to at least be heard regarding this robbery.

They won’t really talk to you but direct you to Hawaiianairlines.com/CAO where you can send an email. Perhaps if they became inundated with emails from kamaainas it might help. Seems we have no other recourse. Click on “Consumer Affairs” and click on “Voice a Concern.” When it costs the same to fly to the Mainland as it does to fly twice to Honolulu, we know something is very much out of whack.

Gayle Hughes, Kalaheo

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