This state has much more to lose than to gain from the proposed merger of Sanford Health and Fairview Health Services (“Hospital bid meets with wide dissent,” April 9). Do we really believe that costly, but important, research will continue in the hands of a private, money-conscious corporation. We need a Minnesota-controlled University of Minnesota Medical Center. Just say “No” to this merger.
Lee Daly, Minneapolis
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What if the Legislature orchestrated funding of the Mayo Clinic’s expansion in Rochester, but as part of the package Mayo took over Fairview and the U Medical School. Wouldn’t everybody win and benefit?
Charles A. Lipkin, Golden Valley
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Another study says we’d be healthier without it
The new link between meat consumption and heart disease, discovered by Dr. Stanley Hazen of the Cleveland Clinic, is just the latest evidence linking meat consumption to killer diseases that cripple, then kill, 1.3 million Americans annually. Hazen’s study showed that carnitine, an amino acid contained in all meat products, is a major factor in heart failure.
Similarly, an Oxford University study of nearly 45,000 adults in last January’s American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that vegetarians were 32 percent less likely to be suffer from heart disease than people who ate meat and fish. A Harvard University study of 37,698 men and 83,644 women in last April’s Archives of Internal Medicine concluded that meat consumption raises the risk of total, heart and cancer mortality.
We have sacrificed the lives of 10,000 American personnel and trillions of dollars waging two wars to avenge the deaths of 2,600 Americans in the 9/11 attacks. When will we wage a bloodless, low-cost war on the killer meat-based diet, potentially responsible for as many as 1.3 million American deaths annually?
In the meantime, we have the power to raise our own life expectancy by adopting a meat-free diet. An Internet search provides ample resources.
Mitch Sutterman, Minneapolis
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Let’s move on without Christmas decorations
Winter still has us at its mercy and as we brace ourselves for a mid-April snowstorm, I beg of you: Please take down your outdoor Christmas lights, for the love of God! Everybody knows that keeping them up past March is a jinx, a curse on all of us because it delays the start of warm weather. I’m talking to you, owners of a dozen plastic penguins strewn about in the yard in a state of sad disarray. And you, of the mighty, seizure-inducing colored intermittent light display. Be responsible! Take action now to help us toward that goal we so fervently desire: springtime!
Katie Villasenor, Minneapolis
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