published Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Points for vegan living and other letters to the editors

Points for vegan living

Looking through my calendar of national observances, it appears that October is turning into “food month,” beginning with World Vegetarian Day and World Day for Farm Animals on Oct. 1-2, continuing with National School Lunch Week on Oct. 14-18 and World Food Day on Oct. 16, and culminating with Food Day on Oct. 24.

World Day for Farm Animals Day (, on Oct. 2, is perhaps the most dramatic of these. It celebrates the lives, exposes the abuses, and memorializes the slaughter of billions of sentient animals raised for food. Recent undercover investigations showed male baby chicks suffocated in plastic garbage bags or ground to death, pigs clobbered with metal pipes, and cows skinned and dismembered while still conscious. Moreover, a recent Harvard study of more than 120,000 people confirmed once again that meat consumption raises mortality from cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Animal agriculture accounts for more water pollution than all other human activities. A 2011 United Nations report recommends eating less meat to reduce greenhouse gases.

The good news is that our meat consumption has been dropping by nearly 4 percent annually! Enter “live vegan” in a search engine for lots of useful transition tips.


Saving the planet is a costly venture

Once again Pam Sohn dazzles us with her journalistic brilliance. She chides Chattanoogans and Americans for our backward resistance to change for not lining up to buy Volkswagen’s VL1 diesel-electric plug-in hybrid, a sure sign we are brain-damaged by inhaling hydrocarbon fumes when we fill up our gas-guzzlers. But, hey, I’m ready to get with the program to save the planet. I’ll follow Pam’s example as soon as she ponies up the $146,000 to purchase one of the 250 two-seaters available worldwide. Oh, she neglected to tell you knuckle-draggers the price-tag, a regular omission whenever the Times writes about green technology. Now all we need is a Clay Bennett cartoon ridiculing us for our stingy reluctance to stop global warming. After all, 250 of these precious cars will undoubtedly halt climate change in its tracks.


Reader appreciates paper’s appearance

You brighten my day and make me smile.

The new larger colorful photo’s of people and pets with the delightful captions are a great addition to the new format.

In this world of some good news and mostly bad news, this is a welcome change. Thank you for making things more cheerful and homey.


Thoughts for today's world

Here are some thoughts that apply to our culture today.

“Tolerance is the virtue of a man without conviction.” G. K. Chesterton.

“To employ the soft words and honeyed phrases in discussing questions of everlasting importance; to deal with errors that strike at the foundations of all human hope as if they were harmless and venial mistakes; to bless where God disapproves, and to make apologies where He calls us to stand up…is cruelty to man and treachery to Heaven. Those who on such subjects attach more importance to the rules of courtesy than they do to the measures of truth do not defend the citadel, but betray it into the hands of its enemies. Love for Christ, and for the souls for whom He died, will be the exact measure of our zeal in exposing the dangers by which men’s souls are ensnared.” Sermon, June 7, 1885, Bishop George Sayles.

“When the Church of Jesus Christ becomes weaker and more timid in the face of sin, the enemies of God become stronger and more arrogant. This is precisely what we are seeing in our cities in America today—a timid and fearful church surrounded by enemies who are emboldened by the church’s passivity and unwillingness to proclaim Truth.” Flip Benham.


Obamacare and shutdown failures

Democrats and Republican leaders have failed the people. Democrats; Barrack Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and Republicans; John Boehner, Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell are spineless weaklings that don’t care what the people want! The people don’t want Obamacare and don’t want government to spend more than they take in. Is that too much to ask?

They are all about posturing and blaming the other side but neither has addressed the concerns of the people. Obama out of hatefulness has wielded his presidential power just to spite the people and upset them to no end. Obama is good at dividing the people by giving to one while taking from the other. John Boehner has zero principals and only confuses the issues by his crazy shenanigans. Neither wants to balance the budget or save the people from this new form of taxation with layers of regulations known as Obamacare. We do have some new principled leadership on the horizon and their names are Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Justin Amash, and Paul Broun. The people deserve leaders that actually care about their well-being, make decisions based on whether we can afford it, whether it is constitutional, whether we really need it and ultimately consider the consequences of their action or inaction.


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ToHoldNothing said...

So because the church is adjusting to the new reality of the present times (gay people aren't monsters, nor is homosexuality some barbaric practice, and you CAN coexist with nonbelievers and not shove your faith down their throat, but still evangelize in your actions ) you feel that somehow it's going to be horrible? Where's the evidence of this supposed rapture and end times prophecies you most likely believe in as well?

October 24, 2013 at 2:47 a.m.
anniebelle said...

Lee Shuff, thanks for your letter. I have been vegan my entire life and most of my family also. We have a well-balanced, healthy diet and my husband and I, both in our 80's, take no medications, have very few health problems -- sinus problems being the biggest and have held our high school weight. There is so much to be gained by eliminating animal products from your diet. Your heart will thank you and so will the planet.

October 24, 2013 at 6:31 a.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

GENENDAL FRATANTUONO wrote: "to bless where God disapproves . . ."

Which god is that? There's thousands of gods. Are you referring to Apollo, Zeus, Helios, or Ba'al?

"When the Church of Jesus Christ becomes weaker . . ."

Which church? Southern Baptist, Catholic, Pentecostals, Assemblies of God? There's thousands of churches, believing different things with different dogmas, so again, please be specific.

" the enemies of God become stronger and more arrogant."

Who are the enemies of your undefined god? Why are they enemies?

"a timid and fearful church surrounded by enemies who are emboldened by the church’s passivity and unwillingness to proclaim Truth.”"

Maybe people no longer need the superstitious nonsense of fundamentalism where myths are taught as facts, the Bible has more holes than Swiss cheese, and science has passed the tribal understanding of the universe.

As long as fundamentalists hold to ignorance and servility as standards of faith, I say good riddance to the self-created bigotry and intolerance of your gods.

October 24, 2013 at 9:14 a.m.
conservative said...

LEE SHUFF, I thought you people opposed methane gas because it is causing global warming/climate change in your mind.

October 24, 2013 at 11:18 a.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

conservative said...

"LEE SHUFF, I thought you people opposed methane gas because it is causing global warming/climate change in your mind."

It's Christian wacko fundamentalism that produces the worst gas.

Did Jesus pass gas? How about Jehovah? Do angels fart? What does the Bible say about flatulence?

"Wherefore my bowels shall sound like an harp for Moab, and mine inward parts for Kirharesh." (Isaiah 16:11)

Conservative is strumming his harp again.

Now I realize what Michaelangelo meant when he painted Jehovah and Adam on the Sistine Chapel ceiling.

"Hey Adam! Pull my finger!"

God loves a fart joke.

October 24, 2013 at 12:04 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

That quote from Chesterton is utterly meaningless. Tolerance can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on what you happen to be tolerating. But then, I know that you fundie Christians don't believe in relativism, do you? Or at least, that's what you say. But the fact is, you wouldn't even be alive if you didn't accept relativism. We make choices every moment of every day based on each situation at hand. White lies are essential to keeping the wheels of society greased. If you didn't tell white lies or you didn't "tolerate" certain actions from others that you find distasteful or even repulsive you would be at odds with everyone you meet. And it wouldn't be long before you'd come across someone who didn't "tolerate" the rudeness or brashness of your unadulterated, "absolute" honesty and you'd end up getting your lights punched out in a painful and perhaps even a terminal manner. You absolutists are absolutely ridiculous. Life itself is defined by relativism. The only thing that's absolute is death.

October 24, 2013 at 2:29 p.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

The wacko side of Christian fundamentalism, while still strong in certain areas, is slowly losing its stranglehold on the populace.

They've been exposed as anti-intellectual, anti-science, suppressive of free thought, suppressive of women, war-mongers, and substantially ignorant by design. Except for pockets of religious dinosaurs like Caddy, Conservative, Orr, and others on this forum, their days are numbered.

How soon will they be gone? I don't know. But they'll be in the same category as flat-earthers, witch doctors, and chicken-entrails readers - artifacts in the past of self-induced ignorance and power-hungry religious charlatans.

October 24, 2013 at 2:55 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

I think you are right, DD. The thing that mystifies me, though, is how, in an age in which the myths and primitive thinking of peoples from earlier times can be so easily explained by science and our knowledge of history, there are still so many otherwise intelligent people who keep those very myths alive today, as if they really happened. It is so obvious and clear that the stories of the Old Testament and the Jesus story as well are mythological and the stuff of fairy tales, but what is it about their mindsets that they are even afraid to question the validity of them and want to get at the deeper truths? I just don't get it.

October 24, 2013 at 3:12 p.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

" but what is it about their mindsets that they are even afraid to question the validity of them and want to get at the deeper truths?"

Fear. Fear of their impotence in a universe that they can't explain except through literal belief in myths and fairy tales where they perceive some deity will grant them special powers if they believe in that deity's BS.

Another setback for Creationists. School textbook publishers say No to Intelligent Design!

October 24, 2013 at 3:35 p.m.
anniebelle said...

Conman doesn't realize, I guess, how much methane gas is put into the atmosphere by grazing cattle. Cows, sheep and other ruminants are thought to be responsible for around one-fifth of global methane production.

October 25, 2013 at 6:49 a.m.
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