Rules of Thumb - How to give the perfect high-five: keep your eye on your opposing high-fiver's elbow before slapping hands.
Still hearing from readers who didn't like the story claiming that dog paw prints are worse than those of a SUV. Dave Richardson writes: It was based on research conducted by reading the labels of dog food cans. It is not factual for at least the following four reasons:
1. Like us humans, canine obesity is a problem. The solution is to use dry food which is both cheaper and less palatable to the dogs.
2. A substantial proportion of dogs' diets consists of leftover human food that would otherwise be wasted, and hence has a zero environmental "paw print."
3. Dog food manufacturers routinely recommend over-consumption of their product and hence overfeeding.
4. What the manufacturers print on the cans isn't regulated, so they are free to exaggerate the amount of meat they include, and unsurprisingly they do.
Therefore, any conclusions regarding the canine environmental paw print based on the contents of dog food cans will not be at all close to the actual situation. In fact, they are wildly exaggerated.
Concerning the piece on activism vs. organizing, a reader writes:Another valuable contribution to the literature is "Who Spoke Up?: American Protest Against The War In Vietnam, 1963-1975" authored by N.L. Zaroulis. The book places the origin of the Vietnam protests to small groups of suburban housewives in the very early '60s.
A reader: I donated the right lobe of my liver to try and save my mother's life back in 2002 at Columbia Pres. Hospital in NY. I was never told by anyone on the staff about possible problems with health insurance. For years I have been paying over $300 more a month for coverage than if I didn't have that pre-existing condition. Granted I did have two more operations for complications from the liver operation in the following 8 months. Columbia did pay for most of the cost of those operations, but my doctor did charge my health insurance at the time. I was also told by both my doctor and the coordinating nurse not to be expected to have the hospital cover me for "all my health issue in the future." I told them if it was related to the organ donation operation, I thought they were morally obligated to do so. I guess they felt every extra penny they had to spend on my follow-up complications was taking away from their profit margin of the original charge they received for the original operation which was between 400 and $500,000 thousand dollars.