Gurney's Inn
January 17, 2018

Snow Angels

Dear Editor,

Today, 1/11, I sat with my coffee and turned the page to Kitty Merrill's article about "Sag Harbor's Snow Angels." The Ovalles family rose to the top of community involvement. They no doubt may have saved lives of seniors by shoveling snow for those who are vulnerable in trying to undertake this strenuous task. This touched me, as I did the same in 1970, as a young police officer.

There was a heavy snowfall and I noticed an elderly man doing his driveway. I stopped and approached him and suggested he go inside and sit with his wife who was watching out the window. He tried to decline my offer and asked, "Why would you do that?"

I said, "Sir, I do not want to come back here and find you lying in the snow with a possible heart attack." I finished and went on my way.

A loud round of applause for the Ovalles family for being unselfish and setting an example of being a true part of a community. Applause for Kitty Merrill for sharing this with the readers and allowing all to get a smile on their face and maybe even a lump in their throat.

Arthur J. French

Editor's Note: Visit and click on the prompt at the top left of the page to view our archives and the January 10 Snow Angels story.

Dozens Sickened

Dear Editor,

Dozens of people have been sickened -- and at least two have died -- because of recent E. coli outbreaks in the United States and Canada. Some health officials have been blaming romaine lettuce for the outbreaks, so many people may not realize that meat consumption is the root cause of the problem.

Plant-based foods don't naturally harbor E. coli bacteria. It lives in the intestinal tracts and feces of warm-blooded animals. When cow or chicken manure is used to fertilize crops or leaks into waterways, fruits and vegetables can become contaminated. (Cross-contamination can also occur when produce is placed on the same surface as meat, or when someone doesn't practice proper hygiene.)

When more people go vegan, fewer animals will be bred for food, lessening the threat of E. coli contamination. See for more information and free vegan recipes and product suggestions.

Heather Moore

The PETA Foundation

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