Debate goes on
75 percent of the Mediterranean cork forests
could be lost over the next decade due to the
shift to plastic stoppers and screw tops, which
will cause the cork-oak forests to lose agricultural value, leading to development. This would
not only be devastating to the Iberian Peninsula’s wildlife, but would undermine an industry that supports thousands of agricultural
jobs and family businesses.
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In response to the May Debate,
“Should spanking young children
Being positive during tough times
I just wanted you to know how much
Wally Amos’ column, “When the going gets
tough …” in last month’s issue meant to me.
I just lost my 51-year-old brother to a
sudden cardiac arrest in January. He was a
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Wally’s sage advice about how this period
of grief and loss my family is experiencing
“shall pass” gave me enormous comfort and
reinforced the old adage that tough times never
last, tough people do.
Thank you for lifting my spirits during
this time of loss.
Y ES. I believe that children who are younger
than 4 are not able to completely understand
why they are being spanked.
Please cancel my print subscription
NO. Education is the only way to stop abuse,
which is not always related to corporal punishment anyway. Legislation wouldn’t work.
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YES. Children learn from observation more
than words. I don’t know that a law to ban
spanking could be enforced, but I strongly
believe that children should not be hit. Ever.
And “spanking” is really hitting your child.
Port Orchard, Washington
Las Vegas, Nevada
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NO. Children need discipline. If you aren’t
allowed to control your child, how can we expect this generation to grow up to become
contributing members of society?
Odds and ends
A thought on screw caps
In response to the piece in your April
issue, “What’s the twist on screw caps?,” I’d
like to note that the move away from natural
cork stoppers in the wine industry is likely to
have far-reaching consequences, and not just
on the flavor of wines.
The World Wildlife Fund calculates that
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