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Meat industry

WILLIAM CARRUTHERS

WATERLOO — April Fool’s Day reminds us how the meat, egg and dairy industries play us for fools every day. The meat industry has developed a whole vocabulary designed to fool unwary consumers: the flesh of pigs is called “pork” or “bacon,” killing stunned animals is labeled “humane,” and cesspools of animal waste spilled into our drinking water supplies during hurricanes are “lagoons.”

Many of us see through the deception and are replacing meat, eggs, milk, cheese and ice cream with plant-based options; these kinder, healthier and eco-friendly nut and grain-based products are available in every supermarket.

Dispelling myths

ANNA NICHOLAS

CEDAR FALLS — Myths about undocumented immigrants are never ending. The country is at full employment, and more than six million jobs are unfilled. Employers cannot find anyone to hire. There are openings for nurses, farm workers, teachers, truck drivers, doctors, engineers and construction workers. Undocumented immigrants are not taking American jobs. Yes, three-fourths of them do work and pay taxes using a taxpayer identification number issued by the IRS. They pay into Social Security but will never collect on it. Without them, we would have a worker shortage of more than 14 million.

There is no need for a ban on undocumented immigrants collecting welfare benefits. It is already illegal. Anyone who is aware of this happening should report it. Keep in mind speaking Spanish or Vietnamese does not mean someone is undocumented.

Dreamers absolutely have no path to citizenship. There is no paperwork they can fill out. That is what they are fighting for. That is what the DREAM Act would provide. Incidentally, most of them already speak English proficiently.

The majority of undocumented people contribute to society and have assimilated. All these myths about them are nothing but xenophobia.

Care costs

ROGER W. SMITH

WATERLOO — Not so long ago, economist and author Walter Williams, Ph.D., made the following observations:

“There are companies that counsel senior citizens on how to shelter their assets from nursing home care costs. For example, a surviving spouse may own a completely paid-for home that’s worth $500,000. The costs of nursing home care might run $50,000 a year. By selling her house, she could pay the nursing home costs, but her children wouldn’t inherit the house. There are firms that come in to shelter her assets so she can bequeath her home to her heirs and leave taxpayers to foot the nursing home bill. In my book, that’s immoral, but it is so common most of us give it no thought.”

Williams suggests this behavior is part of a “moral failing that is devastating to the future of our nation.” At the very least, it provokes increasing resentment toward the old and inform — and encourages the movement toward universal euthanasia.

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