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Voice of the people

Sep. 09, 2013 @ 10:35 AM

Poll topic is a loaded question

I have to say, The Herald-Dispatch's poll question, "With drug addictions, particularly heroin, many addicts are shoplifting and snatching purses to get their next fix. Do you think alternative sentencing is adequate to deter theft?," is a very loaded and leading question and ignores the point of alternative sentencing.

One might also ask: Does prison cure drug addiction or get to the root cause of an addict's problems, or does it just ensure that when the offender leaves prison that he or she will be unable to find employment and be further entrenched in the criminal system, more likely to return to the addiction and whatever it is they need to do to support it?

Dan Taylor

Huntington

Cities could profit from lawbreakers

If state troopers can issue 38 citations in four hours on I-64, just think how many citations could be issued on U.S. 60, especially to the speeders who have no respect for the law that set the speed limits.

The city of Huntington and Barboursville would profit from many lawbreakers.

Mary L. Chambers

Huntington

Food poisoning is serious business

Food poisoning is a term which groups together a number of different illnesses caused by eating food contaminated with bacteria, toxins or chemicals.

It nearly always causes abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea which, in some circumstances, can be extremely serious.

I know people that had recent bouts with contamination with bacteria in what we ate. I was one of those. Thanks to Cabell Huntington Hospital, I was able to go home having learned a lesson in food poisoning treatment.

The time interval between eating the food and the start of symptoms is an excellent clue as to the cause of illness.

The dangers are severe diarrhea that can cause dehydration, which in some cases may lead to death.

The treatments that were recommended, bed rest, plenty of fluids, light meals, if possible place a portable commode near the patient's bed, most of all watch very close what you eat and make sure you wash and cook food as per instructions.

Everyday foods are often not what they seem. Coloring can be added to cakes, frozen and canned vegetables and packed orange juice. Some oranges even have their skins dyed. Brown sugar can be colored white sugar.

Robert Garcia

Kenova

Detailed photos added depth

As I looked at the photographs accompanying the recent article about the clearing of homeless encampments along the Ohio River, I was struck by the presence of an opened Bible shown in a close-up photograph.

This photograph caused me to look closer at the encampment photos where the Bible is seen on the encampment bench prior to removal and in the clear plastic along with the other encampment dwellers' belongings being removed.

I would have missed this detail entirely had it not been for the photojournalist's ability to add depth, giving me pause to consider the story within the story.

Michael Stickler

Branchland

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