Letters for July 1, 2016

Letters for July 1, 2016

Beware of barbecued bugs

What ever happened to the good old days when our worst worries on the 4th of July were traffic jams and wayward fireworks?

A well-warranted worry, according to the Department of Agriculture’s Meat and Poultry Hotline, is food poisoning by nasty E. coli and salmonella bugs hiding in hot dogs and hamburgers at millions of backyard barbecues. The hotline’s advice is to grill them longer and hotter. Of course, they avoid mentioning that the high-temperature grilling that kills the bugs also happens to form cancer-causing compounds.

Fortunately, some forward-thinking U.S. food manufacturers have solved these issues for us by creating an amazing assortment of healthy and delicious veggie burgers and soy dogs. No nasty pathogens or cancer-causing compounds in these tasty plant-based foods. They don’t even carry cholesterol, saturated fats, antibiotics, or pesticides. And, they are conveniently waiting for us at almost any supermarket.

This 4th of July offers a great opportunity to declare our independence from the meat industry and to share wholesome veggie burgers and soy dogs with our family and friends.

Leo Gushiken

Lihue

Paradise is being lost to money

To some, it would appear as if all the billionaires that are John Come Lately to the island are giving the middle finger to the people of Kauai.

This could be prevented. But it would take putting the living entity of Kauai ahead of people. Have never seen development make nature more beautiful. Never. Never seen population do the same. One of these billionaires comes off as being the great liberal. Which in this case must mean free to do as he pleases, no matter what it does to others.

Paved paradise and put up a parking lot. Lyrics to Big Yellow Taxi 50 years ago are so true. Fix it before it happens. Ain’t gonna happen with officials that are in place in Kauai.

David Cooper

Lihue

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