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Seattle Times letters to the editor

November 26, 2008 at 5:20 PM

Holiday musings

Happy Turkey Day

So I visited seattletimes.com to read the letters-to-the-editor like I do every day, and found a letter from Alex Nelson about not eating turkey on Thanksgiving that struck me as oddly familiar [“No more gobble gobble,” Northwest Voices, Nov. 24].

A similar letter last year prompted me to respond with reasons why I would be eating turkey instead of “tofurkey.” So I searched for the letter online in The Times’

archive. Sure enough, Eugene Krautt’s “Martyr less foul” letter on Nov. 19, 2007, [Northwest Voices] was worded very similarly to Nelson’s letter.

In fact, both letters’ “My family’s Thanksgiving dinner will include” section contained exactly the same menu items, from “toforkey” to carrot cake.

Last year The Times was kind enough to print my response [“Just eat around the sage flakes,” Northwest Voices, Nov. 21] and since the anti-turkey crowd has demonstrated their unoriginality from year to year, I will likewise take this opportunity to do something I’ve never had the pleasure of doing: quoting myself.

Sayeth I, “Eating healthy and fighting for worthy causes are great things we all should practice. But let us eat candy on Halloween, eat turkey on Thanksgiving, and shoot off fireworks on Independence Day even if it scares your dog. Let us keep our holidays.”

Happy Thanksgiving!

— Michael Blake, Seattle

Fur-free Friday

The day after Thanksgiving is generally known as a shopping day, but it’s also nationally known as Fur-free Friday — a day to discourage buying fur and to support the fight against animal cruelty.

Animals used for fur are subjected to horrible abuses, including slaughter methods that range from anal electrocution to having their necks snapped to being poisoned. No animals deserve such suffering and we can prevent it by not buying their fur.

We have so many fashionable clothing options that aren’t a product of death, and real lives depend on us not buying the fur or skin of animals. This Fur-free Friday, please consider the compassion with which animals should be treated and show that to them by not buying fur or leather.

— Amanda Schemkes, Seattle

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