March 24 2010 12:00 AM

More on meat out

The chief executive of Oakland County, L. Brooks Patterson, recently responded to Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s admittedly stupid “meat out” day proclamation by upping the ante with an even stupider proclamation … that he would spend that day taking his kids to Burger King for lunch and White Castle for dessert. Now, I love Burger King, but what kind of idiot responds to anti-meat sentiment with a pro-corporate, anti-health, anti-local business statement like that — especially an elected official in a public forum. I’ll tell you, the citizens of Oakland County have gotten exactly what they wanted: Oakland county sucks, it’s one huge strip mall. I’ll be damned if those people try to spread out to Ingham County in response to growing multiculturalism and lack of fresh air in “the O.C.”

—John Krohn Lansing

There’s probably going to be a big protest against the Catholic diocese next: those guys have been telling their followers not to eat any meat every Friday for the last few weeks. Lent is straight ruining Michigan’s agriculture industry.

— Eric Gallippo Ypsilanti

Take care of eyes

March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month, and we, as doctors who make eye health a priority, feel it is important to bring the following information to those in our community.
If you spend more than two hours a day in front of the computer you may be one of the 125 million Americans that suffer from Computer Vision Syndrome, commonly called CVS.
Eyes are stressed by continuously focusing and refocusing on the characters displayed by a computer screen. If you are experiencing eyestrain, fatigue, blurred vision, dry/irritated eyes, or double vision, you may be suffering from CVS. Neck, shoulder and backaches are also symptoms of CVS since “the eyes lead the body.”

Simple ergonomics can help alleviate some of the symptoms of CVS. Here are some tips:

— Set your computer monitor at least 16 inches away from eyes, and perpendicular to windows or other sources of bright light to reduce glare.

— The top of the monitor should be set slightly below a horizontal eye level and the top should be tilted away from you at a 10 to 20 degree angle.

— Adjusting the contrast between text and the background so that they are easier to read may help.

— Adjust your chair properly: your feet should be flat on the floor (or on a slightly angled footrest) with your knees bent close to or greater than 90 degrees; your back should be snug against the seat to fit your spinal contour; your thigh to trunk angle should be 90 degrees or greater; the distance from your chair to the hollow of your knee should be 2 to 4 inches; your wrist and hand should extend nearly straight from the elbow to the home row of your keyboard.

— Give your eyes a break: every half hour, focus your eyes on a distant object so that they can take a break!
Additional help might be needed. See your eye doctor annually and discuss any symptoms of CVS you may be experiencing.

— Dr. Lee Rigel, Dr. Cheryl Vincent- Riemer, Dr. Sarah Knapp VisionCare Associates East Lansing