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Letters to the Editor: May 25 - 28

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Let them eat glock

EDITOR: We stand by while our own children are being slaughtered. This is America? Will it ever end?

When the French revolutionaries had had enough, they stormed the Bastille.

The headquarters of the National Rifle Association are located at 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, Virginia, 22030.

Ed Shoop

Sonoma

Some gave all

EDITOR: The anticipation is starting to be felt everywhere in our great country. People are planning. Did we make sure of the reservations at our favorite campground? I guess we better check the tires and the pressure if we are going to take the travel trailer to the lake. What do we need to take if we are going to open up our summer cabin in the mountains? Should we take the boat this Memorial weekend or wait until the weather is going to be warmer?

It seems like everyone anticipates this three day weekend as a new beginning to the summer season. Travel, vacations, preparations for food, proper clothing, bedding and cleaning supplies and getting things ready for the anticipated fun times with friends and family. Clean the barbeque, buy charcoal and don’t forget the hamburgers, hot dogs and all the trimmings.

No one loves a three-day vacation more than me, but this year I have actually thought of the real reason we “celebrate” Memorial Day. It goes much deeper than all of the good feelings we prepare ourselves for this weekend. I now – probably because of my age – start to think of why we have a Memorial Day.

I’m thinking of all of the heroes that gave their lives to defend this great United States of America. Yes, thinking of the young men and women that lie under hundreds of thousands of gravestones in all parts of this world. Could we just take the time to really think of them this year? Would it be too much trouble to go to your local florist or super market and purchase some flowers, or better yet to cut some of those flowers in your garden and drive to the nearest cemetery and place them upon someone’s grave that made us free to celebrate this Memorial Day? We don’t have to know them or be a member of the family or even friends of the family, we just need to respect them for what they gave so that we might celebrate being free.

Now, go do the right thing and feel better because of it. There is a phrase that I wish that I had made up that truly applies to this special Memorial Day: “All gave some; some gave all.” It’s our time to give back by just remembering them – it will make your weekend so much more meaningful.

God bless America!

Rich Caselli

Sonoma

Drive safe, grill safer

EDITOR: What ever happened to the good old days when the worst things we had to fear on Memorial Day were traffic jams and indigestion?

Folks setting to break out their outdoor grill this Memorial Day face a nasty choice. If they undercook their hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken nuggets, their family and friends may face food poisoning by E. coli and Salmonella bacteria. The U.S. Meat and Poultry Hotline advises raising the temperature.

But our own National Cancer Institute warns that high-temperature grilling of processed meats produces cancer-causing compounds.

Do we really need to choose between food poisoning and cancer?

Luckily, a bunch of enterprising food processors have met this challenge head-on by developing a great variety of healthful, delicious plant-based veggie burgers, veggie dogs and soy nuggets. These products don’t harbor nasty bugs or cancer-causing compounds. They don’t even offer cholesterol, saturated fats, drugs or pesticides like their animal-based alternatives. And, they are waiting for us in the frozen food section of our neighborhood supermarket, along with nut-based milks, ice creams, and other dairy-free desserts.

This Memorial Day, let’s stay safe on the roads, but let’s extend the safety net to our family barbecue grill.

Paul Holms

Petaluma