November 26, 2013 at 7:34 AM
Give thanks with a cruelty-free feast of vegetables, fruits and grains
President Obama will get a break from Obamacare when he pardons the traditional Thanksgiving turkey [“Let’s talk turkey about shopping on the holiday,” page one, Nov. 25].
Each of us can also set aside our cares by pardoning a turkey and choosing a nonviolent Thanksgiving observance — one that gives thanks for our good fortune, health and happiness with a life-affirming, cruelty-free feast of vegetables, fruits and grains.
And here are more terrific reasons:
• You would stay alert through the entire football game.
• You are what you eat. Who wants to be a Butterball?
• Your vegetarian kid would not have to boycott the family dinner.
• You would not have to call the Poultry Hotline to keep your family alive.
• Fruits and vegetables don’t carry government warning labels.
• You wonuld not sweat the environment and food resources devastation guilt trip.
• You would not spend a sleepless night wondering how the turkey lived and died.
• Your body would welcome a holiday from saturated fat, cholesterol and hormones.
Our own dinner this Thanksgiving will feature a Tofurky, lentil roast, mashed potatoes, corn stuffing, stuffed squash, candied yams, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. An Internet search on “vegetarian Thanksgiving” brought us more recipes and other useful information than we could possibly use.
— Sherman Peters, Seattle
October 31, 2013 at 2:13 PM
Did we forget our commitment to a healthy country?
Halloween is not just another holiday [“Don’t be a deadbeat on Halloween,” Opinion, Oct. 30].
It is a celebration of the sugar industry (subsidized by all of us), food manufacturers (who inundate our society with junkie, processed, high-sugar foods), the weight-reducing industry and others who capitalize on a society replete with lousy health habits.
It’s also a way to teach young people to expect things (candy) from others by doing nothing in return.
You can condemn us Scrooges all you want. But if we really are committed to a healthy country, lines need to be drawn. We have epidemics of overweight people, diabetes and other out-of-control preventable diseases.
Following The Times’ philosophy, let’s just teach the kids to demand candy, stuff it into their mouths now and then cluck our tongues when they become adults.
Matt Nadler, Seattle
March 26, 2013 at 5:02 PM
Seattle’s superrich should contribute to public event
What’s wrong with Seattle? With the number of multimillionaires in this city — Microsoft, Starbucks, Amazon, Vulcan — and who knows how many more, are we really going to let the tradition of the July Fourth fireworks that are enjoyed by thousands of people go away because of the lack of $400,000 [“Fundraising campaign launched for July 4 fireworks show at Lake Union,” seattletimes.com, March 5]?
Come on — instead of spending millions trying to steal someone else’s basketball team for the benefit of those who can afford the price of a ticket, how about a few thousands (pocket change to those ultra rich folks) to keep the fireworks from disappearing for the other 99 percent?
–Clydia Pappenfus, Shoreline
July 15, 2009 at 4:00 PM
Wasteful spending on fireworks matches what WaMu did
Editor, The Times:
You still don’t get it, do you? Isn’t making a spectacle of $500,000 going up in sparkly smoke exactly why Washington Mutual is now JPMorgan Chase & Co.?
“It could be quiet in Seattle next July Fourth.” Boohoo. I don’t know what neighborhood you live in, but in 20 years of living in West Seattle, I have never braved the sweaty, mobbed shores of Lake Union or Elliott Bay — and it has never been a quiet Fourth of July in Seattle.
Now that the greedy have become the hungry, other corporations with money to send up in smoke should follow Ivar’s lead and spend their marketing budgets on more socially relevant projects.
Blowing things up has never been my idea of fun anyway.
– Patti Williams, Seattle
Fireworks spending no laughing matter
Your editorial “Funds for the Fourth” [Opinion, July 13] asks, “Wherefore art thou, sponsor?”
That sentence belongs in the Sunday comics, in the “Non Sequitur” strip.
You’re asking, “Why (wherefore) are you, sponsor?” Why are you, sponsor? That sentence wouldn’t pass a fifth-grade punctuation quiz even if it made sense.
Your feeble attempt to insert a bit of Shakespeare into the editorial would be hilarious if we weren’t spending hundreds of millions each year in this state on education.
Surely there must be one board member familiar with the expression “whys and wherefores.” Obviously it’s redundant, but it simply means “why and for what reason.”
When Juliet asks, “Wherefore (why) art thou Romeo?” she is, in fact, summarizing the entire play in just one sentence. If he were anyone else, there would be no family feud and probably no objection to their marriage. And no play.
– Karl L Kurtz, Kirkland
Bow out of doing business with Chase
If I were a Chase customer — thankfully, I’m not — I would certainly consider “bowing out” of doing business with them. A contributing member of our community, indeed.
– Francesca Shultz, Mercer Island
July 6, 2009 at 4:00 PM
Fireworks lawsuit might not have been too off target
Even a callused fool could have seen the irony in a sign reading “No dogs at public beaches” at many of Seattle’s beaches after the Fourth of July festivities concluded. The irony and disgust sure didn’t slip my mind as I walked down to North Seattle’s Haller Lake. With trash from discarded fireworks (many unlit) scattered heavily throughout the newly renovated park, it was a sight that I wish Ken Schram of KOMO-TV could have seen.
Schram had just given one of his prized Schrammie awards to a man who filed a lawsuit to stop the fireworks display at Gas Works Park ["Suit objects to Gas Works fireworks," NWTuesday, June 30] until an environmental study was done. He wanted this done not for any damage that the fireworks themselves might do to the environment but for what all the people who showed up at Gas Works might do.
I agreed with Schram’s assessment of the man — that there must be something “seriously absent” in the life of anyone who could file a lawsuit such as this.
I don’t think that way anymore. If Schram had seen some of the damage that we humans did in “celebrating our independence,” he would have given some of his awards to those who truly deserved it.
The brainless: those who bring their kids to a park to watch them play with explosives in the dark.
The heartless: those who don’t care about all the toxins from the fireworks that will be seeping into our lakes once it rains.
And the Grand Schrammie goes to the clueless: those who walked away from these public beaches on the Fourth of July without even a notion of what they just witnessed.
At least they don’t let dogs on the beach, right?
– Marty Zupan, Seattle
Patriotic spirit needs a little control
I admit to having left the fascination of blowing things up well after my preteen years, and I know fully well that my stance will seem that of a dour killjoy. But I equate an all-out surrender to the current state of fire-play during the Fourth of July in the Washington state to insanity.
This holiday, I witnessed continual volleys of “legal” fireworks detonating within yards of an active eagle aerie containing two unfledged eaglets. I found an ancient dog rambling along a highway on Bainbridge Island and gathered its befuddled soul into my vehicle. And I saw a video of the destruction of several homes from fireworks landing on rooftops in the greater Puget Sound area.
Controlled public displays of patriotic spirit and celebration should be allowed. But can we not possibly find a common ground in allowing celebration without destruction to property and cruelty to creatures — all because there is no legislative backbone to confront the profit motives of the fireworks culture?
– Daniel J. Hinkley, Indianola
Enforcement of fireworks laws nonexistent
Every year, I write a letter complaining about the fireworks. This year, it is not only illegal as usual, but tinder dry so that one spark can set a hillside or home on fire.
Yet, crazy people are lighting huge aerial displays like it is their civic duty. Big booms are going off in every direction with people yelling at the top of their lungs.
Cities could reduce their deficit significantly by just nabbing these irresponsible lawbreakers on the spot. Where are the police? Are they just watching the craziness?
– Marietta Alexander, Everett
July 6, 2009 at 4:00 PM
Fremont Zombie Walk coverage made light of serious holiday
Of all the Fourth of July front-page stories you could feature — about our troops, our Northwest military pride, the freedom we enjoy today — you chose to print some obscene picture with a nonsense zombie story with the headline “Spritzing up for the red, white and dead” [page one, July 4]? What were you thinking?
Thank you, though, for your merchant marine story ["Merchant marine veterans wage battle for recognition," page one, July 4]. That was worth it. Too bad it was so badly overshadowed.
Give us more insightful, personal and newsworthy front-page features like these Marines’ story and choose your publication days wisely.
Thanks to our fighting men and women for allowing me the freedom to vent.
– Gib Hinz, Freeland
No to zombies on front page
When I glanced at the page-one story with the headline “Spritzing up for the red, white and dead,” I thought it might be about our military on the red, white and blue national holiday. How disappointed and dismayed I was to see this article featured the Fremont Zombie Walk, which hoped to attract more than 5,000 zombies and break a Guinness World Record.
From someone who attended, I learned the event was a lot of fun, and I’m not taking umbrage with that. But the cover picture of fake blood on a young participant is an insult to our young military men and women who suffer wounds with real blood.
What incredibly poor judgment you used to herald this event so prominently on the Fourth of July.
– Eleanor G. Nash, Kenmore
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