National Geographic : 2006 Mar
LETTERS I have met Gloria Caldas (pages 78-9). We live in the same city and share the same grief. My son was killed in Afghanistan on November 24, 2004. The pain is still fresh. I keep waiting for him to call, but know that he will not. In one of his last letters he stated how cool it was to be part of Afghanistan's first real election. This is what he chose to do, and I know that he is waiting for us in heaven. I only wish he were here. JANE FLEISCHER San Antonio, Texas From our online forum ngm.com/0511 Inside Nepal's Revolution Having trekked in Nepal and enjoyed the company and wel come provided by these kind people, it deeply concerns me that they are now caught in a savage dispute between a cor rupt government and a rebel movement, both using brutality to further their ends. Neither the government nor the rebels seem to promote the best interests of the people they claim to represent. What can be done to assist the Nepalis? TIM HARPER West Cross, Swansea Many human rights groups work in Nepal, including Amnesty International, Informal Sector Service Centre, and International Nepal Solidarity Network. Links to these websites and others can be found at ngm.com/0511/ feature3/learn.html. ZipUSA: Maurice, Louisiana I found it ironic that your ZipUSA flew directly in the stomach of the cover article. Of the universal "Secrets of Living Longer," the turducken obvi ously didn't make the cut. Then again, what the Cajuns of Mau rice lack in longevity, they easily make up for in joie de vivre! FOLWELL DUNBAR New Orleans, Louisiana Merci beaucoup for a great article on Maurice! Following two devastating hurricanes and the negativity in the news about Louisiana, it couldn't have come at a better time. It was nice to finally read some thing positive about Louisiana. Even with the speed trap, Maurice is a great little town. JAMIE PRIMEAUX Abbeville, Louisiana Do It Yourself Eating unprocessed foods of any kind is a step forward for most people, but telling your largely Western audience to start eating more tofu and a low-fat, plant-based diet is tantamount to propaganda. I ate this type of diet for over ten years and suffered from chronic insomnia, acid reflux, elevated triglycerides, mood swings, weight gain, and allergies. GARY DEMPSTER Carpinteria, California Thank you so much for encour aging people to adopt a vege tarian diet. Since I've stopped eating animal products, my energy level has increased, my cholesterol level has decreased, and, most impor tant, I have not had a breast cancer relapse in the 12 years since my mastectomy! I'm also proud to say that my food choices do not cause animal suffering or widespread environmental degradation. 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