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Thank you, Republican legislators, for protecting Oregon; Ways to boost your immune system

This casually throwing away the rural way of life attitude of urban metro advocates disturbs me. I was born in a rural Oregon mill town where seven close family members worked in mills or in the woods logging.

It happened before with the spotted owl. Dad had to move to get work. With no one moving into town to sell his house to, he had to forfeit the equity, and left it vacant until the county took it for back taxes. Now with cap and trade, here again, urban metro zealots are ready to throw rural Oregon into worse poverty. Towns where 80% or more of the kids are on free or reduced lunch are supposed to absorb huge increases in gas, utilities and, by extension, consumer goods all for no discernible difference to the environment. Some of these have to drive 20 miles for groceries. Thanks to our Republican legislators, it has not passed.

Roxanne Ross

Unincorporated Oregon City

Ways to boost your immune system

School closings, sports event cancellations, food hoarding... We live in a new coronavirus-induced world. Yet some personal health facts remain unchanged.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offer good advice for preventing community spread and personal infection: apply social distancing, sanitize surfaces, wash your hands, don't touch your face. But, there's more...Does anyone wonder why uncounted numbers of infected people develop no symptoms and only 20% of symptomatic people require hospitalization? It's because they have an effective immune system able to fight off the virus. But the CDC does not talk about that, perhaps for fear of offending powerful animal food industries.

Fortunately, good advice on boosting our immune system is readily available on the internet from trusted sources like WebMD and Healthline. And the advice is always the same:

Increase consumption of fruits and vegetables, including citrus fruits and leafy greens

Refrain from dairy, other fatty animal products, and sugar-laden foods

Maintain daily exercise of 30-60 minutes

Minimize your stress level and get adequate sleep.

Did I mention that this advice works great for all other nasty bugs as well?

Charlie Richter

Milwaukie

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