To your health: Good time to give up meat
News sources are focused on a shortage of meat due to COVID-19. This news, like toilet paper and hand sanitizer scares, is driving people to stock up with weeks of supply. Let me assure you that there is no need to panic.
Six years ago, I had quadruple bypass surgery. A friend gave me the book, “Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease,” by physician Caldwell B. Esselstyn. It empowered me to stop eating meat.
Twenty-plus years ago, I had experimented with a vegetarian diet. Many of the food options were not very good and I didn’t pursue it. This has changed dramatically.
A good vegetarian cookbook, along with multiple options at food stores, will surprise you. There are vegetarian and vegan substitutes for beef, chicken, sausages and more. There are soups, stews, hamburgers and other favorites. They are very good.
Even if you make this choice on a partial basis, you can improve your health.
You can turn this lemon into lemonade and experiment with delicious meals that are not based on meat. A bonus is that heart disease can be reversed or your risk significantly reduced.
Carol B. Green, Sarasota
For parents, children, what does summer hold?
So schools are closed for the remainder of the year; I can handle that. I have no choice.
However, without summer camps and/or a place for children to go after distance learning ends, parents cannot return to their jobs. How are businesses supposed to open and remain successful without staff who are home taking care of their children?
My employer is starting to open, which means they will be rehiring me after my temporary termination due to COVID-19. Like many other mothers, fathers and caregivers, we face an extremely big challenge finding any care for our kids. I am a single mother, have elementary-age kids full time and have no family to help me care for them.
I am envious of the people that do have help. I begin to think, are we being punished for having kids? What are we to do? Whom do we turn to or call?
I called the director of parks and recreation for the city of Sarasota and was abruptly cut off by the secretary, who said, “There’s nothing anyone can do.“
Caregivers want to be heard! Camps want to open and counselors want to work. There has got to be an answer.
Lisa Joy, Sarasota
Reopening economy has become political issue
Many letters in the Herald-Tribune are focused on the fact that an “early” opening of the state is a mistake, places economics over health and, mostly, is endangering everyone, due to the fact that the governor is an insensitive greedy Republican.
Forgetting the obvious political vituperative in the message, I question what exactly would have to happen for these writers to feel “comfortable” opening up our economy.
What events, occurrences and other things would have to happen, or perhaps which political leaders’ statements would be credible enough, for them? Perhaps there is nothing that would make some of them comfortable.
It seems that people’s feelings about reopening our economy are politically motivated, both in the public and the media. I would hate to think that Democrats and liberals would prefer to see our economy moribund until November, when an overwhelmingly Democratic leadership would signal the OK to reopen.
Lee Hoffman, Lakewood Ranch
Nursing home residents deserve some respect
As a senior, I get it — I am at greater risk from COVID-19 than younger people, and I am extremely grateful for federal concern for the health of golden oldies!
However, has anyone considered the anxieties of people in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and the like when constantly alarming statistics about deaths are reported by the media and no visits are allowed.
Already we are at almost two months and no end in sight.
Many of these residents are alert, smart and well aware of news reports.
It is not acceptable that with the high incidence of aides working at multiple facilities, senior citizens are deprived of their basic freedom, access to their loved ones and, while being kept in total isolation, are at risk from the very people who are caring for them!
Old we may be; brainless we are not. A little respect, please!
Maureen Hyde, Sarasota
N.Y. state gives more money to Washington
The May 6 letter, “No bailout for states already deep in debt,” was a little off. New York state returns more revenue to the federal government than most states, including many southern conservative-leaning states. If you stop funding these “liberal” states that return so much to the federal government, we all lose.
Our country shouldn’t be a buffet where we pick and choose support based on political party or conservative or liberal values. In simple terms, we all sink if there aren’t enough pails to empty the incoming floodwater.
George Babich, Bradenton