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Letters to the Editor: September 2, 2015 

'I'm sure they were obnoxious'; 'Consider the individual'; 'Our children are overweight'

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A recent post on our Facebook page about the removal of a group of mostly African-American women from the Napa Wine Trail elicited a lot of comments. Here is a sampling:

Maybe they were acting loud and stupid bothering other passengers? Has anyone thought of that one? Does every incident have to be "racially motivated"?

It's Napa Valley. Every weekend, hordes of bachelorette parties get drunk and loud.

Just because they happened to be African-American women has nothing to do with the fact they were ruining the experience for other riders. I'm sure they were loud and obnoxious. Who cares if they're black!

Why does the Bohemian think this is newsworthy? Are they trying to instigate racial conflict? I thought this was a respectable paper.

Drive On

Thomas Bonfigli does not like the drive-through option (Open Mic, Aug. 19). So do not use them. But consider the individual with physical limitations, and also consider the adult traveling with several toddlers and infants. If Bonfigli's nose were not pointed so high to the sky, he might see more.


No More Mystery Meat

With the new school year, parents' attention is turning to school clothes, supplies and lunches. Yes, school lunches. In past years, the USDA had used our nation's schools as a dumping ground for surplus meat and dairy commodities. Not surprisingly, one-third of our children are overweight or obese. Their early dietary flaws become lifelong addictions, raising the risk of diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

Gradually, the tide is turning. New guidelines mandated by President Obama's Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act require doubling the serving of fruits and vegetables, more whole grains, less sodium and fat and no meat for breakfast. A survey released last week shows that the guidelines are supported by 86 percent of Americans.

Sixty-four percent of U.S. school districts now offer vegetarian options. More than 120 schools, including the entire school districts of Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Oakland, Philadelphia and San Diego, have implemented Meatless Mondays. Some schools have dropped meat from their menu altogether.

As parents, we need to work with school cafeteria managers and our own children to encourage the availability and consumption of healthy, plant-based school foods. Entering "vegetarian options in schools" provides lots of good resources.

Santa Rosa

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