published Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Give respect due to our veterans and other letters to editors

Give respect due to our veterans

This is an open letter to the Rev. Al Sharpton: I hope you say your thanks to our country's vets for protecting your First Amendment rights and other freedoms in this country. Can you remember the far left morons when they featured President Bush as Adolf Hitler? And now, we have our far right morons waving the stars and bars to no avail. I think you should give equal time to both types of morons. Never do I hear you or others discuss the great sacrifices of our brave soldiers dying on a daily basis. It is a mortal sin to allow our soldiers four, five and six tours of overseas duty in harm's way. Why not advocate for reinstating our draft, the great equalizers, rather than stirring the pot of sexual, racial and religious prejudice? Let's make our youth accountable to the U.S.A. For myself, I can't comprehend living in this country and not being a veteran. I am a proud veteran, as were my father, father-in-law and uncle. My niece proudly serves today. Now, are you a vet? If not, why not?

BENJAMIN W. SUTTON


Meat industry is frightening

I am not scared of all the witches, zombies and assorted goblins wandering about on Halloween. What really scares me is the meat industry. This is the industry that: Mutilates, cages and butchers billions of cows, pigs and other sentient animals. Feeds carcasses of cats and dogs killed in pounds to chickens. Exposes undocumented workers to chronic workplace injuries at slave wages. Exploits farmers and ranchers by dictating wholesale market prices. Punishes documentation of its abuses through unconstitutional "ag-gag" laws. Promotes world hunger by feeding nutritious corn and soybeans to animals. Generates more greenhouse gases than any other human activity. Generates more water pollution than any other human activity. Creates a permanent "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico that dwarfs the BP oil spill. Creates deadly antibiotic-resistant pathogens by feeding antibiotics to animals. Creates epidemics of Salmonella, Listeria and other infectious diseases. Promotes mortality from diabetes, heart failure, stroke, cancer and other diseases. Now, that's really scary. And this is why I am dropping animal products from my menu.

TRISTAN BELL

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ToHoldNothing said...

Not a veteran because: I wasn't drafted and the Selective Service never paid me any mind. Not to mention I think with an evaluation, they'd find me wanting.

I'm not itching to use a weapon to kill anyone, particularly because I started training in hand to hand combat. I wouldn't doubt that influenced my position as a martial pacifist (somewhat of a contradiction in terms, if you will).

It's not that I find war completely abhorrent, but I find it an unnecessary solution to many problems that could be managed in more peaceful ways.

October 31, 2013 at 2:17 a.m.
anniebelle said...

Mr. Sutton, what a hypocrite you are. You do realize that the war criminals, Bush, his father got him in the National Guard so he didn't have to go and actually 'serve', and Cheney, who proudly proclaimed "he had other priorities", sent thousands of our soldiers off to die in a war made up of lies. My husband served 30 years in the Air Force, I lost my father, my brother and my grandson to these filthy ungodly wars that you want to glorify. War is a 'game' played by the wealthy and mighty using the poor as their game pieces. I bet Al Sharpton has done more in one day to advance civil rights in this country than you EVER thought of in your life.

October 31, 2013 at 5:27 a.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

There's a big difference between the veterans of WW2, Korea, and Vietnam and the veterans of today's wars.

With the debacle of Vietnam, the rise of military/corporate/defence suppliers and contractors, the profitability of continued US imperialism, and the use of the US military as mercenaries for corporations and Congressional and government neo-cons, it is no longer the case of Americans fighting for America.

Today's military has become corporate, killing and being killed, not to protect the homeland, but to protect and increase profits.

I can not, in good conscience, support those who participate in such actions. While there are good people in the military, and I wish them no harm, they have become part of an ever-increasing force used in dishonorable ways.

I will not encourage anyone to join today's military, and will encourage anyone in the military to leave before they are killed or kill in the name of corporate profits.

October 31, 2013 at 9:34 a.m.
moon4kat said...

Annie, don't forget war profiteers . . . like the friends of Cheney at Halliburton, Blackwater, et al., who were given no-bid contracts for billions of tax money, much of which was wasted, lost, or spent on faulty construction (like showers that electrocuted our soldiers). Profiteering scum make tons of money from the military-industrial complex, and will gin up myriad "reasons" for spending endless amounts of tax money on making war.

October 31, 2013 at 9:35 a.m.
Ki said...

What Freedoms Mr. Sutton? America incarcerates more of its population than any developed, developing and even some undeveloped countries in the world. That is, outside of Israel, where it heavily incarcerates mainly its African migrant population.

America's laws are some of the most oppressive in the developed world. In one instant, they can forever change and alter your destiny for the worst, and even your family members for the next one or two generations.

Mr. Sutton

November 2, 2013 at 9:21 a.m.
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