YOUR OPINION: Letters to the editor

By NEMS Daily Journal

McGovern’s legacy is fight against hunger
Last Sunday, we lost former U.S. Senator George McGovern. Although many will recall his disastrous 1972 loss to Richard Nixon and his subsequent leadership in getting us out of Vietnam, his truly lasting legacy will be his war on hunger and malnutrition.
In 1977, following extensive public hearings, McGovern’s Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs published Dietary Goals for the United States, a precursor to today’s Dietary Guidelines. It marked the first time that a U.S. government document recommended reduced meat consumption.
The meat industry forced the committee to destroy all copies of the report and to remove the offending recommendation from a new edition. It then abolished the committee, voted McGovern out of office, and warned government bureaucrats never to challenge meat consumption again. (Food Politics by Marion Nestle, 2007).
Yet, after 35 years of studies linking meat consumption with elevated risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, and other killer diseases, the MyPlate icon, representing USDA’s current Dietary Guidelines for Americans, recommends vegetables, fruits, and grains, but never mentions meat, and shunts dairy off to one side. (www.choosemyplate.gov/).
And it all started with one brave senator from South Dakota.
Eli Palmieri
Tupelo


Lottery causes people to waste their money
Well, some people cannot be satisfied with the liquor and casinos and now some counties want stronger beer. Now they want to bring in this lottery.
Let me tell you what I recently saw on a trip to Arkansas to see my brother.
I stopped to get gas and while I was waiting to pay for it a little old lady, probably about 70 to 75 years old, was in front of me. She had two bananas on the counter and counted out $250 for her lottery tickets and a couple of dollars for the bananas.
I thought, “Bless your heart, what a wise decision you just made.” I doubt if she could really throw away $250, yet that is what she did.
Mississippi does not need the lottery. How many children will go hungry because mother and daddy took grocery money and bought lottery tickets hoping to get something for nothing?
Christians, this is another matter that needs a lot of prayer.
What would Jesus do?
Dorothy Howell
Potts Camp


Candidate Bad Morris is in the wrong party
After reading the article “Morris, Nunnelee offer issues contrast” (Oct. 14), I remember the meeting that my dad went to at Day-Brite Union Hall 1028. It was when President Johnson was going to take $300 billion out of the Social Security Trust Fund to start welfare, food stamps and Medicaid and the union voted no at that time sometime in the 1960s.
Johnson wanted the votes to get re-elected president. They were supposed to pay back the money, but the Democrats will not talk about this now and you can see what kind of trouble that Social Security is in now.
I think Brad Morris needs to change parties. One of my cousins, the late Buddy Gardner, was in a POW camp during World War II where Brad could have the right to run for a public office, but he’s just on the wrong side.
Johnnie Cauthern
Peaceful Valley
Itawamba County