February 5, 2014
If I had to distill into one image the experience of growing up gay in America, it would be that of the angry right-wing protester brandishing a handmade sign with "GOD HATES FAGS!" menacingly scrawled across it in capital letters. I was born in 1960, and in my 53 years, I've had the unfortunate opportunity to see some version of this image countless times in the media. As a gay teen still years away from my first kiss, I was not buying it. Ironically, religion saved me. I didn't know who that God was, but he wasn't mine.
December 25, 2013
What's so wrong with palm oil, from the palm trees that bear fruit, not coconuts? Well, if you listen to environmentalists and animal-rights advocates along with nutrition and health experts, they'll tell you it's something close to poison. Once the United States and other Western countries began condemning and banning trans-fat oils a few years ago, palm oil became a popular substitute. You can find it in shampoo, lipstick, soap and a host of snack and other foods, including some ketchups, margarine, chewing gum, candy bars and cooking oil. Oil-palm trees, as they're called, are grown primarily in Indonesia and Malaysia, and that's where the problems begin.
November 29, 2013
Regarding your report "FDA trans-fat ban threatens Berger cookies" (Nov. 22), dietitian Angela Ginn said it best: "It may be tantalizing to our taste buds, but once it gets into our arteries it turns to sludge. " Bakery owner Charles DeBaufre Jr. has made a ton of money selling Berger cookies. He should have been ahead of the game and gotten rid of the trans-fat in his product. I stopped buying anything with trans-fats in it 10 years ago - including his cookies - and I am sure there are many others like me. Katie, Baltimore - To respond to this letter, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org . Please include your name and contact information.
November 22, 2013
If the Food and Drug Administration goes ahead with its proposal to eliminate trans fats from processed food, it could create a sticky situation for Baltimore-area sweets makers, including the company that produces famed Berger cookies. The FDA will announce a final decision on banning trans fats from restaurants and packaged products on Jan. 7, but manufacturers are already preparing themselves. The baker of the Berger cookies has tasted the future and found it lacking.
November 7, 2013
After buying Fractured Prune Doughnuts in January, Dan Brinton switched to an oil without trans fats to fry the chain's hand-dipped glazed doughnuts. "It's a little more expensive, but it's certainly worth it as far as I'm concerned," said Brinton, CEO of the growing Ocean City -based chain, on Thursday. Earlier in the day, the Food and Drug Administration moved to virtually eliminate trans fat, an artificially created artery-clogging substance, from Americans' diets. The move follows a massive effort by food makers and restaurant chains to remove the substance over the past decade, as consumers become more educated about risks and vote for healthier alternatives with their wallets.
September 29, 2013
The basic message of The Sun's editorial is correct regarding the Wall Street executive who compared criticism of executive bonuses to lynchings ("Of banker bonuses and public lynchings," Sept. 25) and I think Robert Benmosche should have been fired immediately by AIG's board of directors. But, why no mention that the investment community on Wall Street is a major political contributor to the Democratic Party? Lyle Rescott, Marriottsville