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July 8, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Hot dog contest winners

Item not worthy of reporting

Joey Chestnut holds the Mustard Yellow belt as he celebrates winning the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating contest. [AP Photo/John Minchillo.]

Joey Chestnut holds the Mustard Yellow belt as he celebrates winning the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating contest. [AP Photo/John Minchillo.]

Given the annual press, radio and TV outpouring of requests for food donations for the homeless and hungry, it was ironic to see page-two coverage of Joey “Jaws” Chestnut consuming 69 hot dogs in 10 minutes. [“Hot-dog winners,” Newsline, July 5.]

Chestnut and the female winner, Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas, downed a total of 105.75 hot dogs combined. This is news?

This is an example of gluttony as a national pastime. It is sexist in that he receives $10,000 in prize money, while she receives $5,000. It is an acknowledgment of male-female earnings disparity.

This “Chestnut” needs roasting — not a page-two toasting.

Mike Kirk, Vashon Island

Comments | Topics: hot-dog, hot-dog eating contest, hunger

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