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OpEd: Potato Chips Will Not Save You




Every time that I pick up a weekly ad publication from a grocery store or one of the many competing pharmacy-department stores, the first thing that I see prominently displayed as a “buy two-for-one” item is potato chips, or “chips” of some less salty, uniquely fried variety, 2 for $6 or buy one get one 50% off, or worse yet, buy two get
one free.
It rankles me no end to see how much junk food costs over real food, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, even some meat products, necessary nutrients needed to build inner immunity and metabolic strength to fight off the advances of the latest infectious disease, Coronavirus.
Give us a break, please!  How about offering us a deal on a combo-pack of citrus and other fruits like bananas or papaya and kiwi, onions/garlic, medicinal non-sugary herbal teas in bulk or in bags, whole-grain bread and pasta like brown rice or millet and quinoa, raw nuts with good Omega-3 oils, and so forth that are low in salt and sugar?
Believe me, people, potato chips, even the organic ones, will not save you from the Coronavirus.  Wash your hands!

*Ms. Fowles is a former Health Commissioner for the City of Berkeley.


East Oakland Organizer Needed

The East Oakland Stadium Alliance (EOSA) is seeking an Oakland-based grassroots organizer for a short-term engagement to help grow and mobilize our coalition! Comprised of local businesses, workers, labor organizations, and community members, we are deeply concerned about the Oakland A’s proposal to leave the Coliseum site in East Oakland and build a new stadium at the port. An ideal candidate has on-the-ground campaign field experience, a strong awareness of Oakland and Alameda County political figures, and deep ties to East and West Oakland communities. Being a local resident of Oakland is a plus.

Employment with EOSA is a part-time role and will last for a minimum of four months with an opportunity to extend longer. Transportation and cell phone use would be reimbursed and candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to Emily Penrod, For more info about EOSA, visit our website and check us out on Twitter @AllianceOakland.


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