In this world of tight deadlines and instant communications, it has become incredibly easy to slip an agenda-driven form letter into a newspaper opinion page. Suzanne House’s Feb. 5 letter “Steering clear of beef” is a great example.

It may surprise you to learn that the same exact letter (word for word) ran in at least 10 other U.S. dailies during the past two weeks. This is not the first time it’s happened, and it probably won’t be the last.

In each case, the letter was signed by a different person. Coincidence?

Mad cow disease is the latest rallying cry among vegetarian and animal-rights activists who want to control the contents of our global diet. This serious European problem is being used by social activists as leverage in an effort to scare the heck out of anyone who likes the taste of a good steak.

A just-released report from the Guest Choice Network (visit www.GuestChoice.com) shows how these zealots are working together, hoping to convince us all that the U.S. meat supply is unsafe, despite the assurances of our best scientific minds.

Thinking people should take the activists and their scare tactics with a grain of salt – and a pound of sirloin.