Letters: Healthy heads

Being ignorant basically means being uninformed. Educated people, and even those we consider scholars, can be ignorant. Albert Einstein admitted he was ignorant about certain things when he said, “The more I learn the more I realize how much I don’t know.” And Socrates likewise said, “All I know is that I know nothing.”

When political figures with character flaws like Donald Trump and George Santos get elected into prestigious political offices, it’s very likely that it was because of the preponderance of ignorance in our country. Those who voted for them were probably ignorant about their corrupt and unprofessional demeanor. It’s understandable. However, if these people knew whom and what they were voting for, then it becomes baffling.

So why would Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy and other prominent Republicans still support the likes of corrupt politicians like Trump and Santos? Consider an old Spanish proverb: Tell me who you’re with and I’ll tell you who you are. Hoo-boy.

All the negativity above doesn’t mean we can’t improve our brain health. Give your brain the tender loving care it deserves.

From Medical News Today:

Eat foods that provide brain health:

Olive oil.

Fruits and vegetables high in vitamin E (blueberries, broccoli, spinach.)

Foods rich in antioxidants (walnuts and pecans).

Omega 3 fatty acids: fish (salmon, mackerel, tuna and albacore).

Exercise your body to reduce the risk of health problems that can cause dementia.

Challenge your brain with crossword puzzles, chess, Sudoku, etc.

Read to reduce the risk of memory problems. Join a book club.

Adequate sleep can improve memory and reduce mental fatigue.

Enjoy and love life. Fill your Christmas stockings — better yet, fill your everyday stockings with joy, smiles and laughter.

Italo J. Zarate


Recent letter

draws attack

Just a few comments in response to John-Michael Torres: “Too focused on the border” (May 7).

Mr. Torres resorts to vicious attacks against Republicans for having the audacity to investigate and draw attention to the illegal immigrant invasion at our southern border. Mr. Torres accuses Republicans of being fascists with ties to a vast array of domestic terrorists, hate groups and proponents of white nationalists conspiracy theories. Mr. Torres, moreover accuses Republicans of focusing on the border to distract us from “real issues.”

Mr. Torres apparently believes that historic and unprecedented illegal immigration at our southern border is no big deal or a non-issue.

So, in Mr. Torres’ book, Republicans are the bad guys for wanting to secure our southern border, while those who enter the country illegally deserve to be greeted as VIPs and conquering heroes and then provided with phones, food, shelter, free transportation, etc., at the expense of American taxpayers. Is this a great country or what?

Mr. Torres should perhaps stop blaming the messengers and show more compassion/consideration for American taxpayers who are bearing the brunt of his misguided open-borders agenda.

Ben Castillo


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