Letters, emails, website comments and statements | Nov. 24

What a waste!
On Thanksgiving, and every other day of the year, we Americans have so much to be thankful for…..maybe too much. The waste of food that I see daily never ceases to amaze and disgust me.
At a large gathering the other day, a couple was lamenting that their son wasn’t good about eating his meals. He left his entire plate of healthy food to be thrown away while sucking on a sugar-laden lollipop. There was no thought of taking it home– just throw it in the trash. And, as a server/trash picker-upper, I saw others leaving huge amounts of food to stuff our overflowing landfills.
According to several credible sources, including the LA Times, 51,650,000 turkeys are devoured on Thanksgiving Day, $2.98 billion is spent on Thanksgiving dinner food in the U.S., $165 billion worth of uneaten food was thrown out in the U.S. in 2016, and 13.1 million children in the U.S. live in food-deprived households. What kind of example are we setting for the rest of the world?
At my house, nothing goes to waste: stone soup for leftovers; compost for food/leaves/grass; recycling of metal, plastics and paper; thrift-shop donations for usable items. It’s not that hard; anyone can do it. How about you?!

Diana Lejins
Long Beach

Interpretation obfuscation?
In John 3:16 we read, “For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” [Letters: “What does the Bible say?” Nov. 17, 2017] The Bible teaches that believers in Jesus are to practice sexual purity. Jesus affirmed that people are to strive to be single and celibate or married and faithful to one spouse of the opposite sex. Followers of Christ are to pray for those who do not know Him, serve others and share the message of Jesus with all people.

Adrienne Anderson
Long Beach

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