I wanted to write to comment on a story I just saw in a rival Eureka newspaper about a local "snake whisperer." I just wanted to say that handling venomous reptiles is extremely dangerous, even life-threatening, and that no impressionable person reading the article should ever under any circumstances handle a rattlesnake or any other viper.
A snake is not going to hurt you if you walk away from it, but if you pick it up, it will tear you up. I have been handling snakes since 1965 and should know.
I'm concerned by the recent letter by Susan Cockrell which suggests that going "meatless" is somehow healthier for the environment and that Eureka's public schools, educational leadership, school boards, small and large businesses, and even local restaurants should join in Meatless Mondays.
This is simply not true. Eating meatless isn't a shortcut to saving the planet or eating healthy and may actually do more harm than good.
Cattle farmers and ranchers are everyday environmentalists -- my livelihood and my family's legacy depend on this. Reducing meat consumption will not decrease greenhouse gas emissions. IN fact, according to the EPA, production of food animals in the United States contributes less than 3% to total greenhouse gas emissions, In comparison, fossil fuel combustion contributes approximately 80% of all U.S. green house emissions.
For more than 60 years, our family has raised nutritious, wholesome and high-quality beef. My family and I are committed to contributing to the good health of millions of Americans -- and the health of our planet -- now and for generations to come.
Arkansas CattleWomen's President
I was in your lovely town over the past weekend and just wanted to say how much I enjoyed being surrounded by bluegrass for three days. Even after the shows, walking back to my room, the banjos and fiddles were in the air itself, all the way up North Main Street. Thank you for a life-altering experience.