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SENTINEL TRIBUNE VIE 00VPOINT Wednesday, April 9, 2014 Page 4 BETWEEN THE LINES By Tom Merchant - i Healthy eating? Sentinel Tribune -- tmerchant@ncppub.com When it comes to healthy eating we have been told of the virtues of vegan diet, and avoiding things like bacon, eggs, coffee and choco- late. Well we carnivores now have something to be excited about. According to recent studies we meat eaters live longer than vegetari- ans. The same study showed that runners also have a shorter life span than non runners. It seems that living only on vegetables is hardly pos- sible, our bodies require a certain amount of fat and protein which is much harder to come by eating only vegetables. Vegetarians need to add supplements to their diets. If that's the case then why would any one want to eat that way. On the other side of the coin I heard that meat eaters also need a certain amount of fat in their diet, and that if you had to survive in the wilderness only eating rabbit meat you would not survive very long either. , Of course that doesn't mean we can all subscribe to a couch potato lifestyle, pigging out solely on junk food either. While a lot of the foods I mentioned above when eaten in excessive amounts can still have a negative beating on your longevity. Also a sedentary lifestyle is still not a good thing. Being a diabetic, I have found that high carbohydrate foods seem to do more to elevate ones blood sugar level, especially foods and liq- uids that contain heavy doses of refined sugars. I also discovered that somewhat modest exercise has a very positive affect on those blood levels. If you look at a lot of people from a couple of generations ago, many of them ate diets high in fat, and sugar, but still managed to live long lives. However you have to assume that these people did not con- sume a lot of refined sugar growing up. I know of people today that consume as many as six cans of sugar soda every day. When I was younger I drank a lot more pop than I do today, but I now drink mostly diet drinks. Contrary to some studies I don't feel that it makes me hungrier or eat more. It reminds me of a saying I once heard or read, the perfect diet is chocolate cake, hot chocolate, chocolate candy, and diet cola. I have never been a big fan of vegetables, especially raw veggies, so with the busy lifestyle I lead it is a real pain to stop and prepare vegetables for a lot of the quick meals I eat most often. Of course I really think most foods are good for us if eaten in moderation. So if you have felt guilty about your diet, it's not so much what you eat, but how much you eat. If we are what we eat, look around you there's a lot of pear shaped people out there, but I don't think they got that way from eating pears. With all this in mind, I use little if any scientific evidence to come up with my opinion. Have a great week and do good! What happened to hungry America? By Glenn Mollette America seemed hungrier back in the sixties than today. My family did whatever they could to survive. My grandpa ran a country grocery store. My dad drove two hours to work in an underground coal mine. We raised a garden and had live- stock. One uncle drove to a north- em city to paint during the week. Another uncle raised strawberries and drove a school bus. Another uncle was a peddler salesman driv- ing over several counties. Nobody was rich but everybody was very busy trying to take care of their families. This was all back before food stamps and other current gov- ernment programs became popular. There is no question that people in our area of Appalachia had strug- gles but people had a hunger and a desire to survive. I watched the movie Coal Miner's Daughter long before I went to Van Lear to see Loretta Lynn's old home place. Sure enough it's up a "hol- ler." However, in many ways it's a beautiful place. Her brother, who at that time, was battling cancer and still running a country grocery store gave my wife and I a tour of the old home place. When touring that old house I knew there was something within Loretta Lynn and her now deceased husband Oliver "Mooney" Lynn that was greater than the con- ditions of poverty that engulfed the area. The innate desire to live and rise above their surroundings lift- ed them higher than they probably ever imagined. They first moved to Washington State to work before Loretta started having success with music that took them to Nashville. Of course, we all can't sing like Loretta Lynn. However, we can LETTER TO EDITOR National Crime Victim's Rights Week New Horizons Crisis Center is celebrating National Crime Victim's Rights Week from April 6-12. During this week, we remem- ber what Benjamin Franklin said, "Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as out- raged as those who are." Established in 1988 through an amendment to the Victims of Crime Act of 1984, the Office for Victims of Crime is charged by Congress with admin- istering the Crime Victims Fund. Through OVC, the Fund supports a broad array of programs and ser- vices that focus on helping victims in the immediate aftermath of crime and continuing to support them as they rebuild their lives. Millions of dollars are invested annually in victim compensation and assistance in every U.S. state and territory, as well as for training, technical assis- tance, and other capacity-building programs designed to enhance ser- vice providers' ability to support victims of crime in communities across the Nation. This week should remind all of us that being a victim of crime can hap- pen to anyone at any time. At New Horizons Crisis Center we work to empower all victims of crime, from the victim of a sexual assault to a victim of harassment or stalking. All our crime victim serves are free and confidential. New Horizons Crisis Center serves all our commu- nities in Lincoln, Lyon, Murray and Redwood Counties. To learn more about New Horizons Crisis Center or the NCVRW, please visit our website at www.newhorizonscrisiscen- ter.org or find us on Facebook at NewHorizonsCrisisC or on Twitter at New Horizons CC or call to 507-532--5764. Our phones are answered 24-hours a day, 365 days a year to support our communities. Sincerely Jim Smalley New Horizons Crisis Center Marshall AI Bart... "Stories from the BaH Cave" Was it a Sasquatch or a mirror? I remember it as if it were many years ago. It was back in the day when I knew kids whose fathers were named Walter. A Sasquatch had been seen in the greater Hartland area. Who saw it first? No one is sure. It might have been someone spend- ing an extended period of time accumulating graduate credits at the University, the local dispensary of adult beverages. The creature wasn't bothering anyone. Today, we'd assume it was part of a real- ity TV show. Police officers were called. They were unable to find anything. State officials became involved. They searched high and low. After all, it would have been a new tax- payer. Word spread. People were fling- ing words in all directions at every- one within hearing range. Some folks seemed to know what they all do and be something. Much of were talking about. America has lost its desire to rise Where was it? above life's circumstances. We have What was it? become mired in our joblessness, Is it real? poverty or stuck in a situation. Where did you see it last? A lot of America has died. We We didn't know a Sasquatch are breathing and going through from a bushel basket, but we want- the motions. We are collecting our ed to. food stamps, government assistance Jake Johnson claimed to have seen and in too many cases numbing it. He swore upon his aunt Jenny's ourselves on prescription drugs, sainted breadboard that it was a Hopelessness is widespread from Sasquatch. Butcher Holler to every mega city Jake's long suit wasn't Sasquatch. house and condo throughout the It was red flannel underwear. Jake said the Sasquatch didn't United States. Sadly many suburban make a sound. He said that was houses are filled with depressed, good because you can't believe drug sedated Americans who can- everything you hear. not fred the internal wherewithal to get up and get moving. More Johnny Johnson said it was a Americans now die from painkillers common two-headed Sasquatch, than from heroin and cocaine com- bined, (Mark Koba, USA Today, July 28, 2013), I'm sure the people who lived where I was raised, on Milo road in Kentucky, had days when the dark cloud of hopelessness almost killed their spirits but I doubt it hap- pened a lot. People were too tired. They found something to do with their minds and bodies. We didn't have computers, cell phones and social media. We had yards to mow, gardens to tend and were trying to figure out how to make a few dol- lars. We didn't need drugs to numb ourselves. We simply fell into bed exhausted. An America that's not hungry for a better life and is reliant on the government and the politiciafis to care for us and solve all of our problems will live sadly and die tragically. / but it was an unusual one. It was unusual because it had only one head. He told everyone that a Sasquatch looked smaller in the daytime, because it was let out at night. Someone said it was wearing a Speedo, but that was probably the widow Johnson's wishful thinking. John Johnson planted poison ivy around his house to keep the Sasquatch away. The Hartland think tank pretend- ed to be above all the nonsense. They concentrated their efforts on trying to fry an egg on the side- walk. It worked, but it made poor eating with dirt and ants in it. We wondered if the sighting wasn't the Johnson boy, home from college. We'd heard that he had become a hirsute hippy. The Johnson brothers thought it was a kangaroo. The Johnsons, newlyweds who hadn't yet learned that neither of them knew how to cook, put the dashboards (crusts) of their pizza slices out into the yard so the Sasquatch would have something to eat. They were tossing pizza bones to a possible Sasquatch. Jebediah Johnson claimed that a Sasquatch wouldn't come near a barber pole. That probably was because it had had a close shave once. Perhaps someone had dressed up as a prank. Disguise is the limit. Jerry Johnson said it was wear- ing sunglasses and a Pioneer seed com cap. A Sasquatch expert came down from the cities. He had the world's largest privately-owned collection of blurry photographs that might have been either a Sasquatch or a maple sapling. When you see something like that, a possible Sasquatch, even if it's not really something like that, there is nothing more important. We see what we see. We see what we want to see. We see what we thought we saw. Some folks can make a celebra- tion out of possibilities. That's not a bad thing. Something that could be is a constant part of our lives. We believe in ghosts. We see them in the skeletal remains of old farm places. Abandoned dreams, discarded hopes, and bovine-free barns. Times change. Maybe it was time to believe in a Sasquatch. Life can be a washboard road. It rattles us. Each road has a high spot. Sometimes the high spot has a Sasquatch. Having a Sasquatch so close filled people's minds with thoughts of faraway phones. People drove around looking. Some employed searchlights. We shared a common goal--to see a Sasquatch, yeti, Bigfoot, or abomi- nable snowman. Just as the Native Americans made use of an entire buffalo, every bit of our imaginations was used. Neighbors talked to neighbors. Coffee and cookies were shared. This went on for weeks. It wasn't seen a second time. It wasn't a 24/7 Sasquatch. It became something that faded into local legend. No one got a photograph. It may be difficult to believe, but not everyone carried at least three cam- eras in those days. Had someone been able to snap a picture of the sasquatch, I'm sure that it could have been seen that it was wearing a tattoo reading, "Born to be wild." I'm not sure if it was a real Sasquatch or not, but every com- munity needs a good Sasquatch sighting now and then. 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