Caring and sharing
Re: “Changing the conversation,” Jan. 7
This is a great article.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) San Gabriel Valley affiliate has monthly general meetings with distinguished speakers and offers weekly Care and Share Meetings for family members who need support in caring for their loved ones who have a mental illness.
Visit the NAMI SGV Web site sgv.nami.org or call (626) 577-6697 for more information about this grassroots organization.
~ SHIRLEY SPENCER, PASADENA
BOARD MEMBER, NAMI SGV
Easy to be green
Now that the Los Angeles City Council has passed a resolution encouraging residents to observe “Meatless Mondays” for health and environmental reasons, more people will be looking for vegetarian recipes and meatless meal ideas.
Fortunately, it’s easy to be green and PETA is happy to provide all Californians with free recipes, product suggestions, information on vegetarian-friendly restaurants and stadiums.
By going vegetarian, at least for one day a week, you’ll not only help combat climate change, conserve resources and reduce your risk for heart disease, diabetes, cancer and other common chronic illnesses, you’ll also save lives. And once you see how easy it is to go meatless on Mondays, you’ll want to extend your efforts throughout the week, which will have an even greater impact.
Los Angeles is off to a good start. Let’s hope that the rest of California follows suit.
~ HEATHER MOORE, PETA FOUNDATION
Know what you eat
I would like to point out that in addition to there being no long-term safety studies of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), there’s in fact a growing body of evidence linking GMOs to harmful effects.
There are quite a few peer-reviewed scientific publications linking GMO elements to such serious health problems as inflammatory bowel diseases, asthma, psoriasis, Celiac disease, c. difficile colitis and a slew of other conditions.
It perhaps comes down to what one would call “evidence” of a health risk.
One study published in Nature Biotech shows how the transgene that produces a critical protein can integrate into gut bacteria and continue to produce the protein for long periods of time after the GMO food has been digested. This and many other GMO proteins have been shown to be allergenic. Scientists at institutions around the world are exploring links between these GMO elements and a variety of diseases that have become endemic in the US since the use of GMOs became widespread.
Proposition 37 [would have been] a good starting point for consumers to take a little bit of control back in terms of the food supply and knowing what they’re ingesting.
I, for one, would like to know if the foods I buy for my family could potentially cause allergenic proteins to be produced in our guts!
~ JIM SNOOK, VIA EMAIL
FROM THE WEB:
Re: Left Coast, Jan. 24
Hey Ted (Rall),
Your NIMBY charge is fundamentally without merit. With a full line of soccer madness and college-level (American) football, the people living around the Rose Bowl ALREADY have a full schedule of "it" happening in their back yards ... what they neither want nor really need is for what's ALREADY happening in their backyards to double-down! Yeah, I know, they're all mostly just a bunch of money-grubbing rich folks around the rim there, but even the better-to-do still have (a higher standard of) human rights ... OK?
Re: “Connecting with a cleaner world,” Jan. 17
Why is this perfect example of lies about the 710 even given space for printing? Babs obviously has invested some way in this proposed project, no doubt, nefariously, subject to yet another huge fine for illegal practices. Check out the facts before taking any of this to heart, read all the official documentation on www.no710.com.
Wake up, Barbara! Seriously it’s more like disconnecting from a “Clean World.” Exhaust from freeways shortens our lifespan. Building toll tunnels that will dump MAJOR pollution into residential neighborhoods is just BAD planning. If you want facts go to “No 710 Freeway Extension” on Facebook and read REAL information. Messina is bought and paid when it comes to the 710. The people want light rail to move people, cargo rail to move goods and these kind of investments.
The stats that Messina quotes of all these cities that want the project were collected by Alhambra’s own lobbyist years ago. And that was for the surface route, not a tunnel. Ask Miss Barbara how much Alhambra has paid for the pro-710 lobbyists over the years? A lot. There are so many holes in Messina’s statements that she is frankly not worth my time to dispute them. Get the facts on no710.com. Her recent attempt to get Ara Najarian off the MTA board just shows she doesn’t play well with others and that people should question every single word and action that she does. It’s too bad too. Because those of us who want responsible transportation solutions would be willing to help Alhambra too if she weren’t so nasty.
Re: “Digging for answers,” Jan. 3
As a life-long resident of Pasadena, I agree wholeheartedly with Anthony Portantino’s view. I am frustrated with Metro’s “meetings,” where one is told we are to “listen” to information and there is to be no questioning. Once questioning begins despite their “rules,” Metro reps can tell one nothing. Millions of taxpayer dollars are being spent on Metro’s dog-and-pony information meetings that lead nowhere, not to mention the billions of dollars that would be spent on this double-bore tunnel. All information gathered regarding Metro’s “work” is difficult to find, buried layers and layers into their Web site, but have been found, contradiction after contradiction, and are posted at no710.com. Transparency is Metro’s enemy, as it would expose their true intent. Be wary of Metro’s information and do your own research. You will be shocked by what you will find. Thank you, Anthony, for continuing to expose this boondoggle for what it really is.