A.J. Rice did a nice synopsis of the political peril facing Republicans in Virginia, but I disagree that Northern Virginians “vote their interests” (“The ‘Californication’ of Virginia,” Web, Nov. 13).
Anybody who has not realized that the federal government's involvement in dietary guidelines has been a public health disaster is probably already dead from following the guidelines ("Gum, bottled water, pizza bagels want to be called 'healthy'," Web, Oct. 30). There are 30 million diabetics in the U.S. population, and that many again with pre-diabetes, otherwise referred to as metabolic syndrome. Asians as well as African-Americans, not to mention Native Americans, have been especially susceptible to the garbage which has emanated from the FDA over the past several decades. You don't have to appear fat, either.