Letters, Dec. 17, 2015 

Religion and food: Topics best discussed away from the dinner table

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Welcome to Your New Life
We may never know the exact number of members who have left the LDS Church in protest over its new policy on children. I have heard the number lies anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand.

As someone who stopped attending the LDS Church in 2002, I want to welcome my brothers and sisters into the joys and challenges of their new life.

If you still believe in Jesus Christ, I want to recommend several churches: The Rising in Draper; Good Shepherd Lutheran in Sandy; Capital Church and the Cathedral Church of St. Mark in Salt Lake City; and Grace Lutheran Church, The Heights Community and Good Shepherds Fellowship International in Bountiful.

May God bless you in your new experience.

Cory Hamblin

Are These Men Ever Wrong?
I would like to know the names of the LDS Church leaders who made the recent judgment which bans children of same-sex marriages from baptism and other church connections until age 18 and then only after they denounce their own parents.

Who are these angry, controlling people? We might assume they are white, elderly Mormons. We imagine that they wear dark suits, white shirts, black ties, black Oxfords and black dress socks.

Do these "godly" men hold votes on church handbook rules? Was this ruling unanimous?

Do they have any guilt or regrets about the people they hurt? Are they speaking for God? If so, is it the angry God of the Old Testament or the much nicer God of the New Testament?

Can any of these men ever admit to making a wrong decision and a PR blunder ?

I'm fairly certain that these leaders did what they thought was right.

The Catholic leaders thought they were right and doing God's work during the Inquisition. They even blessed the tools of torture before they were applied.

Ted Ottinger

Don't Blame the Celery & Onions
Recently, at least 19 people in seven states—including Montana, Utah and Colorado—were sickened by an E. coli outbreak linked to packaged chicken salad.

Since health officials have been blaming celery and onions for the outbreak, many people may not realize that meat consumption is the root cause of the problem.

Plant-based foods don't naturally harbor E. coli bacteria. It lives in the intestinal tracts and feces of warm-blooded animals.

When cow or chicken manure is used to fertilize crops or if it leaks into waterways, fruits and vegetables can become contaminated.

Cross-contamination can also occur when produce is placed on the same surface as meat, or when someone doesn't practice proper hygiene.

When more people adopt a vegan diet, fewer animals will be bred for food, lessening the threat of E. coli contamination.

See PETA.org for more information and free vegan recipes, including one for mock chicken salad.

Heather Moore
The PETA Foundation

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