Member comments Real online protection The article by David Horowitz about Spokeo (“Spokeo is spooky,” July 2010), while certainly informative, gave your read- ers nothing actionable to actually protect hemselves online. Instead of scaring people with “frightening” search engines, why not give them the tools to protect themselves and their information? “Anonymous Surfing on the Web” offers imple tips that anyone can use to make Web usage less public (
seek.htm). “Ten Ways to Protect Your Web Privacy” gives readers 10 easy things they can do right now to protect their searches and keep their information private ( http://websearch.about.com/od/enginesanddirectories/a/search privacy.htm).
“Kids Safety on the Web” is a how-to
guide for parents to help them keep their kids
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proper handling and cooking temperature. For
this reason, safe handling instructions are available on every Foster Farms package and are also
available at the company’s website,
Debate goes on
In response to the July Debate,
“Should it be harder to filibuster?”
YES. The use of the filibuster lets senators
unnecessarily hold up the process of enacting
laws, often due to petty issues.
I grew up with farming and ranching and
come from a family where agriculture has
been a part of every generation. As an agricultural biologist I see so much anti-agricul-ture propaganda that doesn’t accurately
portray what hardworking farmers and livestock producers really do day to day in order
to feed the world. Farmers and ranchers are
stewards of the land and deeply care about its
well-being. It was quite refreshing to read
your article [“Poultry in motion”], especially
the part when you described the bias that you
began your tour with and how those notions
changed as your tour continued.
Many groups and media outlets lead
us to believe that because the operation is
large that it is less of a farm, leading to the
loss of a personal touch, leaving greed and
negligence to take its place. Of course, unfortunately, there are examples of this, but the
overwhelming majority are in the business to
produce an excellent product, where the
quality of land and the welfare of the livestock are their top priorities.
Tehama County, California
NO. I believe that the filibuster makes the
minority voice relevant and often gives the
Senate momentary “pause,” instead of rushing headlong along party lines on important
Pike Road, Alabama
YES. Let’s stop killing time and get the government moving.
Foster Farms feedback
I received my July issue of The Costco
Connection (“Poultry in motion”) the same
day I recieved my issue of PCC Natural
Markets Sound Consumer, which noted an
article from the January  issue of
Consumer Reports magazine. The article, entitled “Chicken Safety,” says, “Most contaminated were Tyson and Foster Farms chickens.
More than 80 percent tested positive for [sal-monella and campylobacter].” I hope Costco
continues to encourage Foster Farms to improve the quality of their product.
Guest room guidance
A good article on “Guest room guidance”
[July 2010]. Here are five additional requirements for a good host to supply:
1. Two towels and a washcloth (women
need one for hair, one for the body,
and there are still men and women
who actually use washcloths!)
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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
NO. The original framers of the Constitution
got it right in the first place. Leave it the way
they wrote it.
Royal Oaks, Michigan
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Foster Farms responds:
Foster Farms employs a Strategic Sampling
program above and beyond USDA regulations
to monitor the incidence of salmonella and
campylobacter, microbial bacteria that natu-
rally exist in raw poultry products. During 2009
the company tested, at its plants, more than
6,000 samples of chicken at an intermediate
point in the production process and found the
incidence of salmonella to be 3. 3 percent.
The comprehensive testing procedures used
by Foster Farms are based on repeatable, verifiable scientific methodologies validated by the
USDA’s Food Safety Assessment program. The
most recent, independent testing by the USDA
in 2009 found incidence levels of 3. 4 percent,
further validating the Foster Farms testing program. Our test results have consistently been
better than the requirements set by the USDA
and we expect that they will continue to do so.
Experts fully agree that even minimal, trace
levels of salmonella can be fully eradicated with
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