Wednesday, September 9, 2020

The views of our readers

Unite our country

To the editor,

As we celebrate the long Labor Day weekend, let us reflect on how we can unite our country!

As a political independent, moderate liberal, and person of multi-color (two or more races), I recommend beginning with the black leader Robert Woodson, whose background can be found here: (

Woodson’s 1776 Unite Us project ( consists of conservative, liberal, and progressive voices who provide thoughtful and actionable alternatives to the racecentric politics of Black Lives Matter.

Randy Piper


Doesn’t like GOP

To the editor,

In March 1918, the Germans launched a make or break offensive to end WWI. By June they were approaching Paris. American Marines, repulsed two days of attacks and the Germans holed up in a local woodland, Belleau Wood. On June 6, the Marines attacked the Wood, led by Sgt. Dan Daley who famously told them, “Come on. Do you want to live forever.” So over the top they went. Some probably had bone spurs. After six days of constant combat, the Marines held the Wood. The German offensive failed, Paris was saved, and three months later the war ended. But 1800 of those Marines not only didn’t live forever, they didn’t live through the week. These are the same Marines that Trump called “losers” and “suckers” for making the ultimate sacrifice in service of something greater than themselves.

“I don’t get it,” Trump told General Kelley as they stood before Kelley’s son’s, who was killed in combat, grave, “What’s in it for them?” This is perhaps the most illuminating glimpse into Trump’s twisted mind. If you do something, you have to get something in return. Sacrifice and selflessness are totally foreign concepts to him. He is the only one who matters. What he’s too dense to realize is the sacrifice made by others, from Bunker Hill to Camp Keating, enabled him to be the blustering buffoon of NY real estate. It enables me to write these letters. It enables Trumpniks to espouse their silly little conspiracy theories. America is built on sacrifice, from the immigrant father picking fruit so his kids can go to college, to the African-American mother scrubbing toilets so her kids can do the same. To Trump, you’re all suckers.

Anybody that supports this maggot from here on out tacitly buys into this stuff. They’re essentially saying that America is an “I’ve got mine, the hell with you” society. That’s not what got us here. That’s not our future.

So Trumpniks, is this really the guy you think was sent by some god to lead you on the crusade against Democrat cannibals? Really? Suppose Antifa offers him a better deal? He’ll switch sides like a chameleon switches colors. He has no loyalty, no principles. What’s in it for me?

It is hard for me to choose an adjective that adequately describes the ten-pounds-of-feces-ina-five-pound-bag that is Donald Trump. “Repulsive” is about as close as I can come.

Pete Bengeyfield


Case for COOL (Country Of Origin Labeling)

September 8, 2020

Mr. Kevin Shea, AdministratorAnimal and Plant

Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

U.S. Department of Agriculture

1400 Independence Ave, SW

Washington, DC 20250

Mr. Paul Kiecker, AdministratorFood Safety and

Inspection Service(FSIS)

U.S. Department of Agriculture

1400 Independence Ave., S.W.

Washington, DC 20250-3700

Mr. Shea and Mr. Kiecker –

On behalf of the United States Cattlemen’s Association’s (USCA) nationwide membership of cow-calf producers, backgrounders, feedlot operators, livestock haulers, and independent processors, we write to you today with deep concern regarding reports of contaminated meat sickening Mexican citizens.

According to Food Safety News, a total of 54 people from six municipalities have fallen ill after consuming meat contaminated with Clenbuterol, a beta2-agnoist used as a food additive in some livestock feed to promote muscle mass and meat yield in cattle, lamb, poultry and swine.This practice is illegal in the United States and Europe. USCA strongly recommends increased inspection protocols of all beef and cattle imported from Mexico until such a time when confidence can be restored in Mexican beef product.

A 2019 analysis by Aaron Valencia Garcia of the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos tested 106 samples of beef muscle and beef liver from various vendors in the metro area of Cuernavaca, Morelos and found that 52 samples tested positive for Clenbuterol residue. The residue quantities exceeded the maximum limits by the Codex Alimentarius of 0.2 micrograms per kilogram for beef muscle and 0.6 micrograms per kilogram for beef liver.

Further, in 2016, the National Football League (NFL) was forced to issue a warning to its players about consuming too much meat while visiting Mexico or China:

“There is evidence that meat produced in China and Mexico may be contaminated with Clenbuterol, an anabolic agent which is banned by the NFL Policy on Performance-Enhancing Substances. Consuming large quantities of meat while visiting those particular countries may result in a positive test for Clenbuterol in violation of the Policy.”

As illustrated above, Mexico unfortunately has an ongoing issue with ensuring the safety of its domestic meat product. Even more unfortunate is that most of that meat product is destined for U.S. consumers.

In 2019,Mexico sent 86 per cent of its total beef exports-worth $1.3 billion–to the United States, making them the third-biggest foreign beef supplier to the United States. Juan Ley, president of Mexico’s main cattle growers association, boasted in a May 13 Reuters report that those numbers are only going to increase in 2020, stating “I think we’re going to leap past Canada this year.”

With the loophole created when mandatory country-of-origin labeling for U.S. beef products was repealed, meatpackers are now able to import foreign beef from places like Mexico and Brazil, have that product undergo a “significant transformation” within our borders, and then claim the “Product of the U.S.A.” label. This means that it is more than possible that meat contaminated with Clenbuterol can wind up in product packaged with a “U.S.A.” label and end up sickening U.S. citizens.

Allowing contaminatedmeat into our bordersis unacceptable for a nation that prides itself on producing the highest quality, most sustainable, and safest beef in the world. We ask that APHIS and FSIS seriously evaluate the public health risks associated with importing beef and meat from Mexico, including conducting an equivalence verification to ensure that Mexico is still maintaining a regulatory food safety inspection system that is on par with the United States’.


/s/ Dr. Brooke Miller, M.D.

President, U.S. Cattlemen’s Association