Get their motors running | Aug. 22
Insist on healthful lunches
Traditionally, the U.S. Department of Agriculture used the national school lunch program as a dumping ground for surplus meat and dairy. Not surprisingly, its own surveys indicate that children consume excessive amounts of animal fat and sugary drinks, to the point where one-third have become overweight or obese.
The tide is turning. The new USDA school lunch guidelines require doubling the servings of fruits and vegetables, more whole grains, less sodium and fat, and no meat for breakfast.
Parents should insist on healthful, plant-based school meals, snacks and vending machine items.
Susan Carter, Tampa
Fliers at heart of school lawsuit | Aug. 23
A simple solution
As a hairstylist who has had countless conversations with teacher clients, I have heard many accounts of schools having to adjust or eliminate decades-old traditions to please minority religious groups.
I suggest for Kimberly Gilio and the Christian groups who have filed a lawsuit: Take the invitations, put a stamp on them, and invite anyone you want to your parties. It's quite easy and even teaches your child etiquette.
Lisa Randles, Tampa
Deadly bacteria eludes NIH | Aug. 23
Fighting the superbugs
Once a contagious bacteria is discovered in a hospital unit, it takes a team effort to eradicate it. There are fewer and fewer antibiotics to kill the superbugs.
If you are visiting a patient in the hospital and are asked by hospital personnel to wear isolation gowns, etc., please do so. And please leave the children and babies at home. It takes the help of all of us.
Carol Ryan, RN, Tarpon Springs
Bricks, pipe found on roof | Aug. 22
By now we have all seen the new symbol of domestic anarchists, the stylized black and white mask supposedly representing Guy Fawkes, English terrorist.
Other than a proclivity to blow things up and cause disruption, it is a real stretch to see Fawkes as a patron of anarchy. In fact, he wanted to blow up the English Parliament and ruling class only so a new monarchy could take over and restore the Catholic Church as dominant.
Somehow it seems unlikely that contemporary anarchists really want to install a theocracy.
Mike Switzer, Tampa