The People Speak In ‘Letters To The Editor’

Eating Chicken And Turkey Can Also Raise Your Cholesterol

     Dear Editor, Chicken is no health food. New research shows that, if you want to lower your cholesterol, you should pass on red and white meat and eat green foods instead—healthy, humane, environmentally friendly vegan food, that is. Scientists at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute have found that eating chicken and turkey can raise your blood cholesterol levels just as much as eating beef, pork, and lamb can. But vegan foods, which are naturally cholesterol-free, generally low in fat, and rich in soluble fiber, have actually been shown to reverse heart disease.

     According to Dr. David Jenkins, a renowned nutrition scientist at the University of Toronto, “[T]he evidence is very strong that vegans, who eat no animal products, have the best cardiovascular health profile and the lowest cholesterol levels.” If you’re concerned about your cholesterol, see for more information and a free vegan starter kit.

Heather Moore PETA Foundation Norfolk, VA

Cameras Are Watching You About Everywhere

     Mr. Osborne,

     I read your excellent newspaper which I get from your office and your secretary is so nice and cheerful. In your paper I read about Secretary of State Jesse White’s new Federal ID and license to take place on 10/2020. I remember reading a book, “Animal Farm” by George Orwell which all the animals take over and then there is the movie 1984. In this, Edmond O’Brien goes to his apartment and holds up his ID card to a television set. If you haven’t seen the movie you should watch it.

     Aren’t the cameras enough at the stores, in the buses? City, state and county have them. You can’t go about any place where they don’t have cameras. Aren’t we as people due some privacy? I guess not. And to get on a train, plane, rent a car, check out a book. This is ridiculous. I know and like cameras to protect us, stop cheating, theft, etc. Lucky they can’t put them in restrooms. I think Big Brother in some ways is already here whether we need this or not. Companies are getting too nosey.

     Thank you Mr. Osborne for taking time in your busy day to read my letter. God Bless You.

Christopher Stewart, Decatur

Enjoyed Switzerland’s Public Transportation

Dear Editor:

     In your May 29 issue of the Tribune, I read with interest the letter of Michel C. Tirpak of Springfield. Personally, I felt glad that Tirpak found my own letter regarding the loss of passenger trains of interest, especially the “Interurban”.

     In 2000, I moved to Switzerland where I lived for 5 years and had great “train and mass transportation experiences”. Switzerland retains all of its passenger railroads, they are still serving the public mass transportation along with buses, and it is possible to travel anywhere in Switzerland efficiently and effectively with public transportation. The Swiss Post Office transports mail “by bus” which also takes on passengers to remote areas. Mass transportation in Switzerland is owned and operated by the government, efficiently for the benefit of the People.

     In America of course, the railroads were (and continue to be) privately owned for the monetary benefit and profit of the corporate ownership. And railroads found carrying freight was more profitable than passenger service; therefore passenger service was eliminated. Personally, I believe in capitalism for the purpose of allowing individuals to profit from their own ingenuity and inventiveness; and I believe in “socialism” for the government to provide for the people those necessities of the people that the people “cannot provide for their selves as individuals”!

     Our US Constitution provides for socialistic institutions in the Preamble to the Constitution; “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure the domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the General Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution of the United States of America.”

     Capitalism is provided for in the Fourth Amendment: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

     Our Constitutional forefathers were exceedingly intelligent and concerned for the People. Personally, I did enjoy Switzerland’s public transportation; we owned a car in Switzerland that my wife drove to work; in five years, I drove that car twice (there is no place to park)! When I worked in San Diego I drove to work and home every day, one person in the car, and every work day I spent hours of stop and go on the “FREEWAYS” (burning gas and time)! In Switzerland I learned to appreciate excellent public transportation. And “bullet trains” in Europe were fantastic. For example, I walked from my hotel in London, got on a train, had a comfortable seat at a table and stewards offering me drinks and food; and I arrived in Paris in less than three hours.

     America needs public transportation, preferably run by the government for the benefit of the People and not profits, and no car expense, car insurance, or car license!

Richard Blankenburg, Ed.D., San Diego, CA


  1. Roger German on June 12, 2019 at 11:34 am

    Responding to “Eating Chicken And Turkey Can Also Raise Your Cholesterol” … it should be noted that the human body produces Cholesterol

  2. Roger German on June 14, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    My comment is to the writer of “Cameras Are Watching You About Everywhere” You sir, are absolutely correct, we do already live in something akin to an electronic police state… Big Brother is here.

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