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Letters: On fake science, vegan foods and Fox News

Climate change is merely consensus, not science

The Earth has been around a long time, a really long time! It is believed that over millions or billions of years, the Grand Canyon, for example, may had been carved out by melting glaciers as they receded northward. Dinosaurs suddenly disappeared it is thought because of some cataclysmic event, such as a meteor, or died out due to freezing temperatures.

Neither of the above explanations, to my knowledge, is viewed as science. They instead fall within the idea of consensus, which is defined as a group decision-making process in which group members develop and agree to support a decision in the best interest of the whole. Thus we are told again and again that this really old Earth is running out of time to address rising seas and temperatures (a fraction of a degree), and we must completely change and/or eliminate virtually every modern way we live or we are doomed. Some, such as AOC, screech that we only have about 12 years to heal the earth. Al Gore has made a fortune on that very premise.

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But let's sum up within the context of mankind's vanity. First, I believe that vanity has been around since the "fall in the Garden of Eden." So it's within the realm of thinking that we can change and fix something that is completely beyond our understanding.

For example, we cannot change science, i.e., if I drop an apple from a tree, it will go down every time. That's science. For climatologists and others to say that their projections indicate that the world is coming to an end is consensus, not science. Oh, and it's vain in that we are expected to buy into the idea that in a world that's been around for up to billions of years is down to a little over a decade to exist and it's my fault. I just don't think mankind is that powerful or clever!

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Finally, we can all agree on at least a couple things. First, world temperatures are forever changing, always have and always will. And second, we can collectively and individually do a better job of conserving what God has given us. But I doubt that a 10-year plan involving fine-tuning the methane-producing digestive systems of America's livestock is part of the solution!

Dave Price

Sykesville

Spring a good opportunity to check out vegan foods

With crippling storms hitting our country in past months, we look forward to the first day of spring, balmy weather, and a superb second chance to actualize those New Year's resolutions favoring more exercise and healthy eating.

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The shift toward healthy foods is everywhere. Popular fast-food chains like Chipotle, Starbucks, Subway, Taco Bell, and Wendy's all offer plant-based meal options. Food websites tout vegan recipes. Global Meat News reports that nearly half of consumers are reducing meat intake.

The financial community is betting on innovative plant food start-ups, like Beyond Meat, or Impossible Foods. According to Gallup, sales of plant foods grew 8.1 percent in 2017 and exceeded $3.1 billion last year. Britain's prestigious The Economist declared 2019 the “Year of the Vegan.”

The reasons are ample. The World Health Organization has linked consumption of processed meats with elevated risk of cancer. The U.S. Dietary Guidelines recommend reduced meat consumption. The media keep exposing factory farm atrocities. And animal agriculture is chief culprit in climate change.

Every one of us can celebrate spring by checking out the rich collection of plant-based food options in our supermarket's frozen food, dairy, and produce sections. An internet search on vegan foods offers ample recipes.

Chester Conzelman

Westminster

Don’t go to Fox News seeking ‘facts’

A letter writer asks the readers of this paper to just look at the facts. The writer opines that one should get their facts from Fox News and not believe CNN. He mentions Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson as his sources for “facts.” Those are opinion shows not news shows, I’ll also include Jeanine Pirro with that group.

Opinion shows are not news shows. These shows spew hatred, Islamophobia, and nationalistic rhetoric. When defending Trump why keep bringing up the Clintons? Bill was president in the 1990s and Hillary is two years past losing the election, but winning the popular vote. Is the only way you can defend Trump to disparage the Clintons and Obama? Your question "why can’t people of reasonable intelligence just look at all the facts?” I’ll repeat that question. One doesn’t get facts from those shows mentioned above.

Harvey Rabinowitz

Taneytown

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