margulie's opinion

Celebrating spring

Editor:

Spring brings renewed enthusiasm for all sorts of endeavors; it’s also a superb second chance to actualize those New Year’s resolutions favoring more exercise and healthy eating.

The shift toward healthy foods is omnipresent. Fast-food chains like Chipotle, Starbucks, Subway, Taco Bell and Wendy’s all offer plant-based options. Vegan recipes are part of most food websites. Global Meat News reports that nearly half their consumers are reducing meat intake.

The financial community is taking note of innovative plant food startups like Beyond Meat or Impossible Foods. According to Gallup, plant food sales grew 8.1% in 2017 and exceeded $3.1 billion last year. Britain’s The Economist declared 2019 the “Year of the Vegan.”

Reasons abound: The World Health Organization links processed meat consumption with elevated cancer risk. 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.

We can celebrate spring by checking out the rich collection of plant-based food options in our local supermarkets. An internet search on vegan foods offers an unending variety of recipes.

Walter Vincent

Litchfield Park

Sorry state of

our elections

Editor:

I have never seen such a mess in our government like we have today. It is the most corrupt government in the world besides North Korea, Cuba and Iran. Years ago, we sent people like Jimmy Carter and a few others to monitor elections in third-world nations, to make sure they had “fair” elections. Now we need monitors from third-world nations to monitor our elections to make sure they are fair. Why is it that places like Florida, Georgia and North Carolina can’t get their votes counted accurately for the love of God? Florida had glitches and recounts for years before somebody woke up and fired their director of elections. Clear back to George W. Bush and Al Gore in 2000. Maybe some of the projected 1 million illegals who are arriving this year from third-world nations will want to help monitor our elections since Democrats want every illegal alien to become Democraps, just like them. It’s only fair. This way, the Democrap agenda can speed up to make this a socialist country, just like the illegals fled, to walk 2,000 miles to cross our border illegally to “enjoy” what the Democraps are about to bestow upon them. “Como puedo agradecerte?” is what they are asking (“How can I thank you?”). The Democraps will flood all of their “gifts” on all illegals that you taxpayers pay for, just to convince them to become the new Democraps so they can get a majority in Congress. This is not the America I grew up in. 

James Logan

Buckeye

Goodyear’s false promises

Editor:

Kudos to Betty Clymer, who hit the nail on the head with her letter to the editor in the March 19 issue of West Valley View. We, too, have been very disillusioned since relocating to Goodyear in 2005 from the Midwest.

We were promised a city vibrant with growth to rival Scottsdale in the East Valley with a myriad of shopping, arts, entertainment and restaurant venues. What we have received is growth for sure, but in the guise of warehouses, distribution centers, cheap chain “restaurants” and dollar stores. We have turned into a West Valley joke of manufacturing and large, unsightly warehouse-type facilities. These have been built at the expense of the pastoral agricultural areas to Goodyear’s west. Of course, they are desirable from an income standpoint, but they are not what we were led to believe Goodyear’s vision for its future would be when we arrived here.

The once-planned municipal complex of library, city offices and colleges has evaporated just as has our mall (promised for fall of 2005). Of course, the kickbacks from the developer every year for not building the mall has increased the city’s coffers, but at what expense? Strip malls abound, but we still do not have the quality shopping area we anticipated. Granted we have a new theatre, but it sits in the middle of the land dedicated for a mall and now overgrown with cheap agricultural endeavors – what?

The only positive which has been accomplished is the Goodyear Ballpark, an achievement of the prior city administration. What a shame that what we were led to believe, and one of the motivating forces in our relocation (and many others as well) has yet to come to fruition nearly 15 years later. Granted there was an economic downturn in 2008, but other cities have rallied and grown from that period – why has Goodyear not?  It has remained stagnant and has grown in more undesirable ways from what was promised to citizens over a decade ago.

Ginny Boyle

Goodyear