Beacon of Hope
In response to Joe Wessels’ “A Park Grows at Fernald” (issue of May 13), Fernald has been an albatross hanging on the neck of the Greater Cincinnati area over the years. It’s great to read about all of the proactive steps being taken with the former uranium processing plant and see it become a beacon of hope for a greener future. — Kareem Simpson, Over-the-Rhine
Don’t Give Up
What I enjoy about the Living Out Loud column is that it’s never typical. I never know what to expect when I read it. The “Breaking Up” column (issue of May 13) is a good example of that.
While it was fun to read, it was also painful. Who hasn’t had a breakup with a lover? Who hasn’t felt that kind of pain?
I liked the give-and-take back and forth, Larry Gross, the older person, trying to show Julie Rizzitelli, the younger person, that life does go on when a lover leaves. Gross even lets his young friend know that he’s done it himself — he left a lover who was good to him.
When it comes to lessons about how to love, I don’t think anyone passes the course. You just keep trying and reaching. As Gross said, you don’t give up.
Thanks to both of them for sharing their thoughts on this subject. — Lori Greenhaus, Rising Sun, Ind.
No Meat or Dairy
The stark contrast between our frenzied reaction to unfamiliar hazards and our reckless tolerance of familiar ones never ceases to amaze me.
The current incidence of swine flu, which has killed five Americans, has captured the headlines, cancelled public events and closed dozens of schools. At the same time, we’ve blithely continued our consumption of meat and dairy products, which has been linked conclusively with elevated risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and other chronic diseases that kill 1.3 million Americans annually.
But it’s not just about chronic diseases. According to the United Nations, animal agriculture is responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, leading to catastrophic floods, droughts and sea level rises that threaten human survival. It uses more fresh water and dumps more deadly wastes into our water supplies than all other human activities combined.
Each of us has a shared responsibility for our society’s health and welfare. The best time to exercise this responsibility is on our next trip to the supermarket, where we can explore the rich variety of meatfree and dairy-free readyto-eat frozen dinners, veggie burgers and dogs, lunch “meats” and plant-based cheese, ice cream and milk. — Harold Wardman, Westwood