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November 23, 2008 at 4:12 PM

Thanksgiving dinner

Better Homes and Gardens / MCT

Not everyone is thankful for the classic Thanksgiving turkey dinner.

No more gobble gobble

Editor, The Times:

President-elect Barack Obama has risen from humble beginnings to the power of the presidency. But, every one of us has the power to pardon a turkey on Thanksgiving.

In fact, here are some reasons to skip the turkey this Thanksgiving:

You are what you eat. Who wants to be a “butterball?”

You won’t have to call the poultry hotline to keep your family alive.

You won’t sweat the environment-and-food-resources-devastation guilt trip.

You won’t spend a sleepless night wondering how the turkey lived and died.

Your body will appreciate a holiday from saturated fat, cholesterol and hormones.

My family’s Thanksgiving dinner will include a “tofurkey,” lentil roast, mashed potatoes, corn stuffing, stuffed squash, chestnut soup, candied yams, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and carrot cake.

An Internet search on vegetarian Thanksgiving got us lots of recipes and other information.

— Alex Nelson, Seattle

Can’t keep a good man down

On Nov. 20 I saw my first letter-to-the-editor from a holier-than-thou vegetarian reminding me not to eat turkey on Thanksgiving because it is cruel.

I should just eat vegetables like her.

This has caused me to decide to add some veal to the feast. We already had turkey and ham planned. Why not add meat from little baby calves confined in stalls where they can barely move until they are slaughtered for me to eat?

The next letter from a whiny vegetarian will cause me to add foie gras as an appetizer. Nothing like some goose liver specially fattened by force-feeding the poor helpless goose.

These vegetarians always make me think of the missionary who went to the island to convert the headhunting cannibals to Christianity. Of course the cannibals killed and ate the missionary, but the next day the cannibals were all violently ill.

It just goes to show, you can’t keep a good man down.

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody.

— Dennis Doucette, Auburn

Thanks-taking day

It can get rather tiresome to hear the platitude about how we all need to give thanks, especially on Thanksgiving Day, for the bounty of food that currently exists in the Western world.

Especially around Thanksgiving Day, I cannot but reluctantly find that, for example, by saying grace before a meal we, the well-fed, are in effect assuming that our creator has found one portion of this planet’s populace worthy of nourishment while allowing another to starve.

What also bewilders me is why we also believe that God found one entire family worthy of life while allowing another to lose a child to a disease, car accident, etc.?

But having said that, it’s not that God does not care about his creation; he’s just allowing humanity what we so crave, as did Adam and Eve who chose to eat the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.

I believe that God is quite unhappy with the human condition. However, we simply are harvesting the produce of our own doing, even though innocent people too often share in the resulting suffering.

Thanks-taking Day Dinner

Give me another of that big baked bird; it’s for me, isn’t it?

Give me another of the mashed potatoes; I said thanks, didn’t I?

Give me another of the stuffing; I take it that there’s more, isn’t there?

Give me another of the honey-buttered carrots; didn’t I say please?

Give me another of everything.

— Frank Sterle Jr., White Rock, B.C.

Keep it local

On Wednesday Nov. ember 12th, an article was published about trying to eat locally in Seattle for Thanksgiving. “Those apples are from New Zealand? Thanks for Playing! Eat local for Thanksgiving.”

People don’t understand how easy it is to eat local in such a unique and diverse city like Seattle [“Those apples are from New Zealand? Thanks for Playing! Eat local for Thanksgiving,” Food & Wine, Nov. 13].

We have many different local farmers markets that are going on everyday of the week. But If you probably think that all you can get there are s vegetables and fruit, but you are mistaken.

Our local farmers markets include items such as fruit, vegetables, bread, pastas, ice cream and dairy products. The biggest market of all, Pike Place Market, has even more to offer with items such as fish, meats, honey and jam.

Trying to eat local for Thanksgiving should be no problem for people who are willing to give it a shot.

Seattle is a city that can offer all of your traditional Thanksgiving foods. Get your apples local for your apple pie, find a local farmer who sells his turkeys for your main dish, and everything else you need from a local farmers market for your appetizers and side dishes.

— Jennie VanDyk, Seattle

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