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Letters to the Editor, Aug. 31

The electric Kool-Aid skepticism test

EDITOR: I guess I didn’t drink enough Kool-Aid when growing up. Skepticism has always been with me. I’ve always looked askance and listened with ears doubled over when a politician opened his/her mouth about what grandiose things were going to happen. I remember when we were told that all of Asia would fall to the communists if we didn’t defeat them in Vietnam. Or, when we were told by one president that he wasn’t a crook. Or, when we were told that WMD could threaten the U.S. if we didn’t take out Saddam Hussein. We’ve been lied to over and over and nothing has changed. Will it ever? Being hopeful doesn’t seem to be a remedy.

It’s difficult to watch and listen to the howls of support, the laughs from his adherents when our current president begins one of his campaign rants. The arrogance and demeanor of “I have all the answers,” “I’m going to build that wall!” bespeaks images from the past, of others who also had all the answers to our woes. I watch in disbelief that people can give of themselves so easily to someone who only appears to be interested in his own ego. Accountability, integrity, honesty seem to matter little to some of these people from my observations. To not question, to accept the rhetoric with such nonchalant criticism is anathema to me. More Kool-Aid, please.

Carson Watson

Sonoma

If Long Island can do it…

EDITOR: The recent article in the Index Tribune about recycling (“City Official Talkin’ Trash Over Recyclables,” Aug. 25) covered the difficulty at times to recycle CRV deposits paid at checkout counters for bottles, glass and plastic containers. Safeway was highlighted and it seemed to go OK for the City Council member (Madolyn Agrimonti) using this as a test case. Safeway is my store to shop and I am there two times a week. It is a well-run store in my opinion. Why are not all grocery stores in Sonoma highlighted to see if they are in compliance? Interesting that Sonoma Market, Whole Foods and Lucky are not discussed since they all sell the same CRV products. Do they also take CRV products back for cash? The answer would seem no. I have used Safeway many times in the past to recycle bottles, etc., but it is now not an option. The products are discarded each week in our own residential recycle bins for collection by Sonoma Garbage Collectors.

Many people could benefit from the recycle money. Take a look at New York State -- I lived there for 65 years on Long Island; you can find recycle machines that are available in a separate room at the grocery store which gives money from the machine with no need to go into the store. California is a great state for environmental protection. Why have we not figured out what to do with CRV products? Call any supermarket on Long Island and get the details on how to purchase these machines. I am glad that Ms. Williams’ article appeared. I wanted to write when Safeway stopped the recycle center.

Dave Owens

Sonoma

Mystery meat should remain a mystery

EDITOR: With the new school year upon us, parents turn their attention to school clothes, school supplies, and school food. Yes, school food!

More than 31 million children rely on school meals for their daily nutrition, which too often consists of highly processed food laden with saturated fat. Not surprisingly, one-third of our children have become overweight or obese. Their early dietary flaws become lifelong addictions, raising their risk of diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

To compound the problem, the Trump administration has loosened Obama’s 2010 school lunch rules calling for whole grains, fat-free milk and reduced salt content. The rules had an 86 percent approval rating.

Fortunately, many U.S. school districts now offer vegetarian options.

More than 120 schools, including the entire school districts of Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Oakland, Philadelphia, and San Diego have implemented Meatless Monday.

As parents, we need to involve our own children and school cafeteria managers in promoting healthy, plant-based foods in our local schools. Entering “vegan options in schools” in a search engine provides lots of useful resources.

Pedro Muniz

Petaluma