YOUR OPINION: Letters to the Editor June 9, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

Party doesn’t fully measure character
I am writing in response to Terry Dufford’s opinion titled “Party affiliation reveals a person’s true character,” published on June 2. I do know that it is not individuals from any one party that do not think things through. If the title statement were true, Richard Nixon would be of noble character because he was a Republican. But as hindsight shows us, there was corruption during his administration.
Although I would agree that Bill Clinton did not show good character and did show lack of good judgment in his sexual escapades during his administration, I do not think it had anything to do with his being a Democrat. The list could go on and on from both sides.
We are not one-issue voters, at least I hope not. So, I do not think it unusual for a Republican to vote for a Democrat or the other way around. Sometimes, it shows good sense. Sometimes, we may be thinking through issues and voting for the lesser of two evils.
The short story is I disagree with that opinion and think character of the candidate should be judged by something other than party affiliation. So many of us seem to vote based on the slander and lies we hear in any election cycle instead of true character. An article I recently read quoted the British writer and politician Thomas Macauly (1800-1859) as saying, “The measure of a man’s character is what he would do if he knew he never would be found out.”
Leon Vilhauer

A vegetarian diet touted for longevity
This week’s issue of Time Magazine brings more documentation that vegetarians live longer than their meat-chomping friends.
A six-year study of 70,000 Seventh-Day Adventists, published in the current issue of American Medical Association’s prestigious Journal of Internal Medicine, found that, vegetarians and vegans have a 12 percent lower risk of death.
This is but the latest evidence linking meat consumption to killer diseases that kill 1.3 million Americans annually. It comes only two months after a discovery at the Cleveland Clinic that carnitine, contained in all meat products, is a major factor in heart failure.
Similarly, an Oxford University study of nearly 45,000 adults in last January’s American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that vegetarians were 32 percent less likely to suffer from heart disease than people who ate meat and fish. A Harvard University study of 37,698 men and 83,644 women, in last year’s Archives of Internal Medicine, concluded that meat consumption raises the risk of total heart and cancer mortality.
Indeed, each of us can find their own fountain of youth by adopting a meat and dairy-free diet. An Internet search on “vegan recipes” or “live vegan” provides ample resources.
Eli Palmieri

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