Letters to the editor: Nov. 16

November 16, 2013 

Meat the scariest, deadliest, dirtiest of industries

I was not scared of all the witches, zombies, and assorted goblins wandering about on Halloween. What really scares me is the meat industry.

This is the industry that:

■ Mutilates, cages, and butchers billions of cows, pigs and other sentient animals.

■ Feeds carcasses of cats and dogs killed in pounds to chickens.

■ Exposes undocumented workers to chronic workplace injuries at slave wages.

■ Exploits farmers and ranchers by dictating wholesale market prices.

■ Punishes documentation of its abuses through unconstitutional "ag-gag" laws.

■ Promotes world hunger by feeding nutritious corn and soybeans to animals.

■ Generates more greenhouse gases than any other human activity.

■ Generates more water pollution than any other human activity.

■ Created a permanent "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico that dwarfs the BP oil spill.

■ Creates deadly antibiotic-resistant pathogens by feeding antibiotics to animals.

■ Creates epidemics of Salmonella, Listeria, and other infectious diseases.

■ Promotes mortality from diabetes, heart failure, stroke, cancer, and other diseases.

Now that's really scary. And this is why I am dropping animal products from my menu.

Lyle Rutter


Prather on target

I read Paul Prather's article in the Herald-Leader on parenting. As an Assistant Superintendent in Webster County, I can testify to the validity of his conclusions. I intend to share this with our administrators and teachers. Although we have to be careful with separation of church and state, I think I'll be fine in doing so. As a parent and grandparent, his suggestions are right on target and hit home, although I haven't subscribed to them all throughout my life. It was a pleasure to read this article but also depressing to realize the times we live in.

Alan Lossner


More praise for Prather

Thank you Paul Prather for your column in the Oct. 26 Lex-Herald-Leader. I agree with you 100 percent. I hope that this will open the eyes of a lot of parents and they will step up to the plate and take responsibility for their children. I agree that too much blame is placed on teachers for the failure of some students.

Barbara Coleman


Overreach not right

There are some worthy conservative goals, but their strategies for reaching those goals counter honorable legislative processes and history. It is not surprising that politicians who hate the government would shut it down, so is it surprising that they would use dictatorial means to accomplish it?

Both the Senate and the House need to examine their rules and assure people that their procedures are grounded democratically and constitutionally.

That the speaker of the House can prevent the majority of Congress from considering the motion for a clean bill to go to conference is dictatorial.

The idea of a smaller government is not only worthy, it is a necessary goal. Some of the bloat is due to 9/11 which invented Homeland Security and increased the size of the military. Both of these are bloated and wasteful institutions and should be reduced commensurate with the threat of terrorism to the homeland. The specially selected House and Senate conference committee might want to consider either cutting these two mammoths or raising taxes on the 10-percenters. Those would be positions worth negotiating.

The danger of the radical right has been clearly demonstrated these last two years, in that they will use any means possible to stop "Obamacare" (or any other institution they don't like) including shutting down the government and threatening default.

What do you think a right-winger would do with the power of the presidency?

Jesse Mark


Sin is (usually?) sin

I agree with the Rev. Calvin Banks in his recent letter to the editor when he criticizes Christians who condone homosexuality, saying "sin is sin."

He's right and sin should not be tolerated by real Christians like Banks. So I assume the good reverend also believes that those who eat pork or shrimp, or are married to a previously divorced woman, fornicate outside of marriage, participate in gossip, work or shop on Sundays, have tattoos, shave their beards, wear clothes made of mixed fabrics and don't visit their parents in the nursing home also do not deserve equal treatment under the law.

The same Bible the Reverend uses to justify discrimination against homosexuality also says that all of those acts are sins. And, like he said, sin is sin.

Here's what Jesus said, "Judge not lest ye be judged."

Greg Kring


Get what you vote for

In 2012, Kentucky got what it voted for: three Republicans to help shut down the government and vote to tragically repeat history on women's issues.

Now, Mitch and Co. lambast Alison Grimes' fundraising, saying she wants to "hob-nob with Harry Reid's cronies." Personally, that's a group of which I would gladly be a part. As far as fundraising, McConnell is showing his true hypocritical colors.

As a Kentucky native I am ashamed that our state, except for Fayette and Jefferson counties, has gone Republican, even as far right as the Tea Party. The old adage "vote for the rich, vote Republican" has certainly gotten Kentucky far, hasn't it?

It's time Kentuckians again measure candidates on issues, instead of the mudslinging by those who should have stepped aside long ago, or who should never have been elected to office in the first place.

Debra L. Stewart


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