Awareness and obesity
EDITOR: I read Deborah Cohen's Monday op-ed (“A conspiracy to keep you fat”) with interest. I respectfully disagree that a government policy to protect people from “food cues and triggers,” as instituted with alcohol, is the solution.
I wholeheartedly agree with Cohen when she states: “The ability to interrupt reflexive responses to food cues depends on many things. First is awareness.” I believe that is the solution.
As Gandhi once said, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” We should focus our efforts on tools that quiet the egoic mind, free us from the reactive mind and make us present. Awareness and nurturing the consciousness is the solution.
EDITOR: Thank you for your Tuesday editorial (“Bringing blunt force to public works contracts”). I have one disturbing question on your statement that “local unions appear unwilling to agree to such compromise.” Did I miss the election of unions to the Board of Supervisors? If the unions are unwilling to compromise, can't our elected officials omit them from consideration on projects? Do unions have so much power in the community that the work environment is unequal?
Climate and weather
EDITOR: A flurry of letters linked the recent cold snap to claims and disclaims of climate change. Thoughtful readers ought to consider the Associated Press article you published on Jan. 10 (“Are we becoming weather wimps?”). It summarized an analysis of weather data since 1900, concluding that cold snaps have occurred less and less frequently, especially since 1990, and that the most recent interval, from 1997 until this winter, is the longest in that history. So, the current cold snap is not an indication that climate change is not happening. On the contrary, the longer-term record indicates that it is happening.