Letters to the Editor

Your views in 200 words or less

Tag: cdc

May
3rd

SUICIDE: Those are people behind the statistics

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced that the suicide rate among middle-aged Americans climbed 28 percent between 1999 and 2010 (TNT, 5-3).

Having lost my brother three years ago, it is important to remember that these numbers represent real people and real families. When I lost my brother I wasn’t thinking about statistics. Instead, I was overwhelmed by a thousand questions, many of which began with “Why?”

When I became a volunteer for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, I learned that 90 percent of people who die by suicide have an underlying mental illness, often undiagnosed depression,

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April
24th

FOOD: Industry, regulators should ensure meat safety

Re: “Study: Chicken, ground beef are riskiest meats” (thenewstribune.com, 4-23).

The Associated Press piece on “riskiest meats” brings up vital issues surrounding food production in the U.S., but overemphasizes “defensive eating.” This approach unfairly obligates consumers to personally ensure the safety of products that have already passed industry and government standards.

Individuals should always take precautions when handling raw meat, however, they should be able to have confidence in animal products approved and regulated by the FDA and USDA.

With the Centers for Disease Control estimating that one in six Americans contracts a foodborne illness annually, it’s imprudent to

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Feb.
28th

HELMETS: Study’s clear that helmets save lives

A letter writer (TNT, 2-26) took issue with a Centers for Disease Control study on motorcycle helmets.

Page 2 of the study reports that 42 percent of motorcyclists killed in crashes were not wearing a helmet (which means 58 percent were wearing a helmet).

What is far more important is the next sentence, summarized here: In states where helmets are required, 12 percent of the fatally injured motorcyclists were not wearing a helmet; in states where helmets are not required, 79 percent of the fatally injured motorcyclists were not wearing a helmet.

Helmets save lives.

Feb.
26th

HELMETS: Preventing brain damage is cost-effective

Re: “Study has several problems” (letter, 2-26).

The writer says that a Centers for Disease Control study fails to explain where any savings is gained by requiring motorcycle riders to wear helmets.

Let me explain it. If you fall off your motorcycle and die, from any cause, it is relatively inexpensive for society. If you fall off and survive with injuries other than brain damage, it is a bit more expensive for society. But if you fall off and scramble your brains and live, it is extremely expensive to maintain you for the rest of your life.

That is

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Feb.
22nd

HELMETS: CDC study contains several problems

There are numerous problems with the Centers for Disease Control study cited in in your helmet law editorial (TNT, 2-5).

On page six of the study is a section that reads: “People who do not wear helmets are more likely to be killed in a crash . . . 41 percent of motorcycle operators and 51 percent of motorcycle passengers who died in 2008 were not wearing a helmet.”

Not to state the obvious, but that would mean that 59 percent of motorcycle operators and 49 percent of motorcycle passengers who died in 2008 were wearing a helmet. It

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Feb.
6th

HELMETS: TNT has tired, kneejerk reaction

Re: “Ride without a helmet? Not at public’s expense” (editorial, 2-5).

I see The News Tribune reacts in a predictable fashion with helmet laws. The 99 percent – car drivers – wish to force the 1 percent – motorcycle riders – to wear helmets. To do this, the societal/taxpayer cost argument is dragged out once again.

The Centers for Disease Control lists the No. 1 cause of head injury and traumatic brain injury as car accidents, including passengers and pedestrians. This makes sense as cars are the 99 percent. Can you imagine the cost reduction in head injuries if

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Dec.
27th

GUNS: Stop blocking much-needed research

Why has Congress prevented the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health from studying gun safety? Why cannot the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives release the data it has on gun safety?

Let’s get some facts and data so we can address the issue of guns intelligently. Until that happens, Americans will just scream at each other and nothing will get done about the recurring massacres in our country.