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Declare independence from the meat industry

What ever happened to the good old days when the worst things we had to fear on the 4th of July were traffic jams and wayward fireworks?

According to USDA’s Meat & Poultry Hotline, this year’s top threat is food poisoning by nasty E. coli and Salmonella bugs lurking in hamburgers and hot dogs at backyard barbecues. The Hotline’s advice is to grill them longer and hotter. They don’t bother to mention that high-temperature grilling of meat products also forms lots of cancer-causing compounds. And, who knows what they really put into those hot dog casings in the first place?

Luckily, a bunch of enterprising U.S. food manufacturers and processors have met this challenge head-on by developing a great variety of healthful, delicious, and convenient, veggie burgers and soy dogs. These plant-based foods don’t harbor nasty pathogens or cancer-causing compounds. They don’t even carry cholesterol, saturated fats, drugs, or pesticides. And, they are waiting for us in the frozen food section of our supermarket.

This Fourth of July offers a great opportunity to declare our independence from the meat industry and to share wholesome veggie burgers and soy dogs with our family and friends.

Abbott Price, Council Bluffs


Securing the U.S.-Mexico border

Watching a recent C-Span program entitled “House Homeland Hearing on Military Deployed to Southern Border” inspired me to write another article concerning the topic of securing our southern border with Mexico.

Issue 1: How much real interest is there among Democrats and so-called “Never Trump” Republicans in securing our border with Mexico?

Issue 2: What is the appropriate amount of resources that should be allocated to the border “triad,” e.g. personnel/physical barriers/electronic surveillance?

Issue 3: Will Congress ever revisit existing legislation/court decisions having negative ramifications concerning border security/immigration control, e.g. Flores decision?

Regarding issue 1, I must ask whether continued animosity towards President Trump, among Democrats and “Never Trumpers” is so overwhelming that there is little likelihood of any bipartisan solution to the border problem.

Do Democrats really believe that a large migration of undocumented foreigners will unquestionably vote Democratic in future elections?

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Regarding issue 2, am I crazy in believing that Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may have ulterior motives for pushing the third element of the border triad — electronic surveillance — at the expense of the two other elements? After all, her district in the heart of California’s “Silicon Valley” would obviously have a major role in developing the high tech hardware — not to mention receiving lucrative government contracts.

Democrats might even push for the hiring of more border agents is they thought there was a strong likelihood that such agents would unionize and support Democrats in national elections.

Lastly, regarding issue 3, will Congress ever come together and revise those rules which make it near impossible to detain and/or reject those refugees with suspicious asylum claims? We really don’t need an army of liberal, open-border attorneys criticizing every action (or lack thereof) by our border agents.

We also don’t need partisan obstruction when defending our border as witnessed by the twin examples of Democratic-led California and New Mexico. Republican-led states of Texas and Arizona have graciously offered up their National Guard for border duty, but the same cannot be said of California and New Mexico.

Remember the quip about a defense being only as strong as its weakest link? Finally, I hope that open-border advocates come to their senses and realize that nation-states exist primarily as administrative units for the distribution of often scarce resources.

One-world citizenship as promoted by a few Democrats is a utopian fantasy.

Greg Casady, Council Bluffs

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