Letters to the Editor. Strasbourg's history

I write regarding your delightful article [``Strasbourg, a thriving metropolis with Old World atmosphere,'' Dec. 3]. While I am willing to accept a certain degree of approximation in historical reference, I protest when approximated dates wildly exceed even the most flexible bounds. The history of Strasbourg may well date ``back to the 12th century BC,'' but if that was ``when the Romans established a military camp on the Rhine River,'' I will eat my chapeau (with p^at'e de foie gras, of course)! Great Caesar's ghost, the Romans weren't even in Rome in the 12th century BC!

Apart from this outrage to my sense of proper historiographical proportion, I loved the article, as I do Strasbourg. David G. Burke Lutheran World Ministries Director New York

I find it ironic that while millions of people are dying from starvation in Africa, the US is faced with the growing problem of excessive food waste in landfills. In New Jersey, about 10 percent of municipal solid waste is edible food waste. Currently, the food-waste-feeding swine industry is being looked upon to help reduce the amount of good waste that ends up in the dumps. I am 100 percent in favor of recovering and recycling of all reusable materials, including edible food wastes. However, recycling food waste fails to get at the cause of the problem.

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The question is, why is so much food being thrown away? Food waste is partially the result of over production and preparation in the food service industry.

How can it be possible that the people of one country produce so much food that it becomes a serious trash problem, while the people of another country have nothing to eat? Shari Harris Philadelphia

Regarding the Nov. 12 story ``Monarchs of Monterey'': One of their winter migration points is here in Montecito. They arrive at Butterfly Lane, near Butterfly Beach, and go inland about a mile to some big estates. When our children were small they once visited an estate where the monarchs clung to eucalyptus tree branches in such enormous numbers that it was not uncommon for their weight to break branches! Waldo Ruess Santa Barbara, Calif.

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