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No guilt over long-ago events

A recent letter writer is so misguided. He states that this country has never come to terms regarding its history of slavery. I wonder if Europe has come to terms regarding its role in bringing slaves to America? I wonder if Mexicans feel guilty about the treatment of indigenous people? What does come to terms mean anyway?

He also thinks we should feel guilty about the treatment of Native Americans. We need to remember that these were very primitive societies that would not have been able to function in the modern world. Primitive societies have been replaced throughout history. What happened to Canada's Native Americans?

I do not have any guilt over events that happened so long ago.

Daniel Martin


Keep school food on a healthy track

With the new school year upon us, parents turn their attention to school clothes, school supplies, and school food. Yes, school food!

More than 31 million children rely on school meals for their daily nutrition, which too often consists of highly processed food laden with saturated fat. Not surprisingly, one-third of our children have become overweight or obese. Their early dietary flaws become lifelong addictions, raising their risk of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

To compound the problem, the Trump administration has loosened Obama's 2010 school lunch rules calling for whole grains, fat-free milk, and reduced salt content. The rules had an 86 percent approval rating.

Fortunately, many U.S. school districts now offer vegetarian options.

More than 120 schools, including the entire school districts of Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Oakland, Philadelphia, and San Diego have implemented Meatless Monday.

As parents, we need to involve our own children and school cafeteria managers in promoting healthy, plant-based foods in our local schools.

Entering "vegan options in schools" in a search engine provides lots of useful resources.

Stinson Miner

Santa Maria

What is surprising about a natural conclusion?

Regarding "skeptics" and "believers" of a warming climate, I recently noticed a reference in an editorial to a study on the Gulf Coast that concluded the rise in sea level was three millimeters a year.

This was apparently reliable, academic research. Now at that rate, the sea level will rise slightly more than one inch in 10 years, and no more than a foot by the end of the century. This may be bad news to the railroad between Seacliff and Ventura, but one can hardly see devastation, even for the Maldive Islands, whose king or sultan reportedly purchased land in Australia to resettle his nation.

Also, this whole matter raises a question of how long the sea will rise, since the glaciers will be exhausted sooner than later. It also reminds us that geologists have long held that the most recent ice age ended 15,000 years ago, give or take a millennium or two. So what is surprising about warming continuing to its natural conclusion?

I hope your excursion into forensic teaching of your subject is successful, and I regret I don't get out much to enjoy such endeavors.

Lew Howell

Santa Maria