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Letters Published in October 22, 2008 Issue
October 22, 2008 - Letter submitted by Nancy Bland, Casper, WY
Just for fun I took an intelligence test for general U.S. questions only to get told it could not be sent in because I have no cell phone number to give. This is a political site and it seems to me their criterion shows zero intelligence! I am a 77-year-old female. I have been publically active all my voting life and by having lived in 11 different States, changing my party affiliation easily. Why? Because with closer attention paid to right where we live (grass roots), the smarter and wiser we become.
Everything on earth and in human life has a positive or negative side each of us chooses in our daily lives. Change is essential to survival and evolving. But the most important thing to human success is for each person to realize responsibility carries the same weight as privileges, especially in politics. Too many have forgotten that! I know because I went to the state semi-finals on this very issue in high school.
My hope is each of us notices and feels what we have let happen to us, including the endangerment to future generations. This election is the chance to take a giant step toward changing our minds, hearts and spirits for life on earth.
If we understand our own power of responsibility and trust it, we can keep on changing our lives and protecting earth.
Status quo and change are not compatible at any age.
October 22, 2008 - Letter submitted by KHS Soccer Team and Supporting Parents
The Knightstown High School soccer team would like to thank the following sponsors for their support: Emerson Tech, Copeland/Rushville, Lions Club, Citizens Bank, White Flash Auto Parts, Suzy’s Pizza, Overman Electric and Plumbing, Van Hoy Oil, The Sport Cut, Leakey Insurance, Ivy Wreath, Pic-n-Save, Jolly Workers Home Ec Club, The Paddock, Kozy Kabin, MainSource Bank, Corner Bakery, Site Tech Land Clearing, Ameriana Bank, Main Street Threads and Horkman’s Cleaning. Also, thank you The Pinnacle Woodworking for donating the balls that decorate our fence.
Our goal was met and your support was greatly appreciated.
October 22, 2008 - Letter submitted by Heather Moore, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
Federal researchers recently reported that nearly 60 percent of Americans have high or elevated blood pressure levels, a condition largely caused by obesity. High blood pressure can lead to stroke, heart attack, heart failure, or kidney failure. Fortunately, people can slim down and lower their blood pressure by eating healthy vegetarian foods. According to the American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada, vegetarians have lower body mass indices, lower blood pressure, and lower rates of death from ischemic heart disease than meat-eaters. One study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, showed that 26 percent of meat-eaters studied suffered from high blood pressure, compared to only 2 percent of vegetarians.
Why risk a hospital stay - or worse - when you can lower your blood pressure simply by exercising, not smoking, and eating a vegetarian diet? See www.GoVeg.com for more information and a free vegetarian starter kit.
October 22, 2008 - Letter submitted by Jane Fraser, President, Stuttering Foundation
International Stuttering Awareness Day is October 22, and it’s a great time to remind your readers that there are speech-language pathologists in your area who specialize in helping people who stutter.
The nonprofit Stuttering Foundation provides a free list of local resources for your readers. Just call 800-992-9392, or visit our Web site, www.stutteringhelp.org. Click on “Referrals” for a listing of local therapists.
In addition, our materials are in 8,500 libraries nationwide. To see if your local public library shelves our materials, just click on “Check Your Library” at the Web site listed above.
We also provide the latest research information and self-help materials compiled by the leading authorities. Thank you for helping us reach those who stutter in your community.
October 22, 2008 - Letter submitted by Rich White, Executive Director, Car Care Council
With no end in sight to high gas prices, consumers can take control of how they drive their vehicle to get more miles per gallon. The Car Care Council recommends the following ways to drive smart and save money:
* Combine errands in one trip and get good directions before you head out to minimize driving unnecessary miles. *Lighten the load by getting stuff out of the car, including the trunk, with the exception of important emergency items such as a spare tire, flares and a first-aid kit. Items that are not needed weigh the vehicle down, causing an increase in gas usage.
*Stay within the speed limit and use cruise control on the highway. Gas mileage usually decreases when going over 60 miles per hour (mph).
*Avoid aggressive driving. Your driving behavior has a lot to do with fuel economy and sudden stops and starts and rapid acceleration decrease your vehicle’s miles per gallon (mpg).
*Check the condition of the gas cap. Approximately 17 percent of vehicles on the road have loose, damaged or missing gas caps, causing 147 million gallons of gas to vaporize every year.
*Don’t idle your vehicle and go inside instead of waiting in long lines at the drive-through window to avoid wasting gas.
In response to reports that gas is being stolen from vehicles, the council recommends that drivers park in well-lit and highly-traveled areas and consider using gas caps that lock to help prevent this crime.
Performing simple and inexpensive vehicle maintenance can also save big money at the pump, perhaps as much as $1,200 per year, while improving a vehicle’s safety and dependability. In fact, according to the survey by the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association, 75 percent of drivers said they are maintaining their vehicles better because of rising gas prices.
To help you make the most of your gas dollars, visit the Car Care Council’s Web site at www.carcare.org to order a free copy of the 60-page Car Care Guide designed to help you save money, conserve energy, improve highway safety and help protect the environment.
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