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Friday, March 22, 2013
Ban antibiotics at 'factory farms'
Great letter by Dr. Thomas Fame March 13 ("Industrial agriculture and superbugs," Pick of the day), hitting the nail on the head in regard to the terrible overuse of antibiotics in mass-production animal facilities, or "factory farms."
He stated that, whereas physicians use milligram doses of antibiotics, concentrated animal feeding operations use pounds of them indiscriminately to prevent diseases the animals are prone to get because of the crowded, unhealthy living conditions.
It is mind-boggling that the responsible government agency would allow such irresponsible use of antibiotics, harmful to all of us by contributing to antibiotic resistance.
I presume not many people know these antibiotics can be purchased without prescription in large quantities at farm and feed stores, as Fame pointed out, which makes one wonder whether the appropriate government agency is even aware of this fact.
The bottom line is greed, as revealed by the inhumane treatment of animals and lack of caring by the owners of these facilities.
If the government agency would do its job and ban the dangerous use of those drugs, owners would have to clean up their act and see to it that the animals have a clean, healthy environment.
Women need more of a voice in Richmond
Re: "Cathcart to try 2nd run for House of Delegates," March 8 news story:
It is ironic that Del. Chris Head said, "It's nice that voters will have a choice" this fall, when he doesn't respect women having a choice when it comes to their own bodies.
Head has said, "If it was possible to make abortion illegal today, I would do that," after confirming he didn't regret voting for the transvaginal ultrasound bill ("New delegates aren't voting in unison," March 25, 2012, Christina Nuckols column).
People are tired of Republican extremists forcing their religious beliefs on others.
Dr. Karen Remley resigned as state health commissioner because of onerous new, politically motivated regulations for women's health care centers that will limit access to women's health care.
If clinics close, women won't have affordable access to birth control and mammograms.
I am a pro-life man who agrees with state Sen. Ralph Northam, D-Norfolk, a candidate for lieutenant governor, who said the regulations will "take us back to the pre-Roe v. Wade days."
Northam is also a pediatric neurologist.
I support Freeda Cathcart for delegate. It's time we listen to women and keep state government out of this issue. We need more women in Richmond.
In not opposing, study favors mining
Re: "Tech's ties to uranium cash raises questions," March 10 Christina Nuckols column:
It was a stroke of genius for Virginia Uranium Inc. and the National Academy of Sciences when they contracted Virginia Tech to conduct a scientific study on the impact of mining the ore in Virginia.
People the world over hold Tech in high regard. Its scientists claim not to have an opinion, but if they did a thorough study without forming an opinion, they have learned nothing and their work is useless. Virginia Uranium can say Tech is not against the mining on the Coles Hill Farm.
In the King James Bible, Jesus says, "For he who is not against us is for us." In court cases, prosecutors claim that if you do not oppose an illegal action, you condone it.
I am educated in the electrical field. I worked for a utility company that has several nuclear power plants.
I attended lectures at the University of Chicago by Professor Enrico Fermi, a nuclear physicist who helped develop the atomic bomb.
I favor mining on the Coles Hill Farm. If it is done properly, it will be quite safe.
However, there are risks in any actions we take.
ANDREW J. SHIELDS
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