Send election funds to needy charities
I am appalled -- and saddened -- by the huge amount of election money that is currently being spent, much of it on unpleasant negative advertisements or high-priced banquets for the few. So here's an idea:
Major contenders could identify special causes dear to their hearts and request donations to be sent directly to these concerns. Donors would feel their money was going to help problems our country is facing, such as housing, poverty, health care and education, and each candidate would get credit and publicity for these money-raising efforts.
Encouraging supporters to send money to a charity in the name of the party or candidate -- or for themselves to give a full day helping in a thrift shop or laboring with Habitat for Humanity -- would enable candidates to relate more realistically with the needs of the ordinary voter, as well as helping the economy, more than a stump speech before an invited audience could ever do.
Think of how much good there would be to show for the money at the end -- and the donor could claim charitable tax relief, as well as supporting both his party and his chosen charity.
U.S. needs better chemical policy
I applaud the FDA for the right action of banning use of BPA in baby bottles, though delayed by four
Americans are still being exposed to BPA every day since it is present everywhere, like food cans, beverage bottles, receipts, car parts and sports equipment. People are drinking toxins in soup and soda, but they can avoid it if they start living away from civilization.
BPA is also a toxic chemical for animals, and research studies have linked it to a higher risk of cancer, hyperactivity, heart disease, diabetes and obesity, to name a few. It doesn't take much common sense to know that it should be avoided.
If BPA is not good for babies, it is not good for older children or pregnant moms. Government has the legitimate responsibility for protecting the public's health. The FDA should ban its use from all food packaging and will probably do so one day.
Then again, will a BPA ban safeguard Americans or will we be exposed to some other unknown chemical? Americans deserve a better chemical policy, where it should be up to the profit-making food industry to prove its products safe before they are allowed to play with our health.
Sukhminder Khurana, M.D.
Security agencies' focus is wrong
The fact that three European security agencies are concerned about a Norwegian national who they claim is receiving terrorist training from al-Qaida is ironic.
Perhaps they should concern themselves with right-wing extremists who thrive on anti-Muslim propaganda like this.
No matter who wins, we still lose
Hmm, now let's see ... who should I vote for?
Should it be the "All-Time Job Creator" (in China) Mitt (I don't got to show you no stinkin' taxes) Romney or the mutable Nobel Peace Prize recipient Barack (Drone 'Em All) Obama?
OK, here goes: Heads, they win; tails, I lose.
America has become knucklehead nation
The article in the Sunday paper, "Cellphone etiquette is a real talker" is timely but is somewhat of a miss. Technology is great and useful, but that is not what we are dealing with. Three things:
It doesn't occur to these people to be adults and consider other people or acknowledge where they are. It shouldn't be necessary to tell adults to turn off their cellphones at the opera, but it has to be done at every performance.
One doesn't need to call one's wife for opinions about buying vegetables at the supermarket. If so, one should not do the shopping. And, it should not be de rigueur to walk across streets in a cellphone conversation. We are a nation of knuckleheads.