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Published: Friday, 4/4/2014


Doesn’t charity start at home?

I am pleased to see governments, companies, and individuals reaching out to foreign countries in need, and locally to dogs and cats in harm’s way. But what about the thousands of humans, especially the severely and persistently mentally ill, the forgotten ones, who are homeless in our own area (“Funding grumbling,” editorial, March 28)?

Who is going to step up and make a difference for our local residents? Doesn’t charity begin at home?




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Low salt intake is good for health

In your Feb. 21 article “Health story of the year: Salt is vindicated,” the Salt Institute claimed that a high sodium intake may be good for your cardiovascular system, while a low sodium intake may harm you.

The Salt Institute, a private organization, was interpreting a report by the Institute of Medicine. This report was not original research, but rather a review of previous analyses.

Most experimental research studies report that a high salt diet increases blood pressure, especially in hypertensive people, while a low salt intake may decrease it.

It is not clear what level of salt intake is needed to lower blood pressure or prevent hypertension from developing. The level of sodium that will have a biological effect will depend upon a person’s salt sensitivity.

In view of the high salt content of the food we consume, a low salt intake is not easy to follow. But the evidence is in favor of a reduced sodium intake being good for your health.


Jupiter, Fla.

Editor’s note: The writer is a professor emeritus of the University of Toledo’s college of medicine and life sciences.


Sometimes the truth can hurt

In response to the letter writers who were offended by the March 1 Rob Rogers editorial cartoon: Sometimes the truth hurts (“Anti-GOP cartoon offensive,” “Editorial depiction irresponsible,” Readers’ Forum, March 23).

If readers agreed with everything a newspaper published, the newspaper would not be fulfilling its public responsibilities.


Cass Road


GOP’s actions lead to branding

Most people who identify themselves as Republicans are not “racist, women-hating homophobes,” to quote one of the letter writers. But the states, including Ohio, where discriminatory laws are adopted are states in which the legislative and executive branches are largely controlled by Republicans.

It stands to reason that the Republican Party is viewed as racist, women-hating, and homophobic.


Amesbury Road

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