Letters to the editor
There are alternatives to going vegan
Re “How can so many Christians be indifferent to animal suffering?,” Jan. 25: There is a remedy that falls short of a completely vegan lifestyle. That remedy is to buy grass-fed, pastured, humanely raised beef and animal products (milk, cheese, eggs) and free-range turkey and chicken. Refuse to eat the factory-raised, inhumanely bred animals. This is relatively easy to do in our area. Many local places sell these items. The Second Street Market has a farmer who also takes meat orders. I have used him for four years and am always pleased. Is it expensive? Yes. To “do the right thing” is usually expensive. And as more of us do this, the price will come down.
We do not claim to be perfect about this. In fact, we have looked without success for a butcher in our area who will make sure the animals are killed in a humane way (using Temple Grandin’s techniques developed to prevent fear) and draining the blood correctly.
The writer shouldn’t assume that Christians are the only group of God’s people who should be concerned with the animal suffering that takes place as a result of our greedy lifestyle. Jews, Muslims and other non-Christians should be concerned. Examine the effects on our health as we consume unhealthy animals raised on corn, hormones, chemicals and other items not meant to be a part of their diet. You will reap what you sow. PHILLIP AND LINDA LESTER, WASHINGTON TWP.
Re “Butler to pull levy off ballot,” March 5: Hey, Centerville, when are you going to pull the levy off the ballot? Kettering and Butler have. Do you really need the money?
Re “Flyers not in Big East yet,” March 1: I was shocked by the UD athletic director’s comment that there had been no communication between UD and the Big East. I thought he would be out selling the virtues of UD’s basketball program, at least reminding them of UD’s past. I would kind of skip over the current achievements.
The recent announcement by the Big East that Xavier and Butler have been asked to join the new league is a blow to UD’s faithful fans. One has to wonder why UD’s program has stalled the last 10 or so years, allowing mediocre programs to rev up and run past them. Somebody took their eye off the prize.
Re “Mayoral candidates differ in addressing gun violence,” Feb. 28: It was telling reading about the candidates’ solutions to crime (guns, whatever) in Dayton. None even came close to touching the third rail of politics. That is, exposing the real cause of crime in the inner city. It’s a seven-letter word: Welfare.