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Forum, June 3: Story glorified the nightmare of meat

Published: 6/2/2020 10:00:16 PM
Modified: 6/2/2020 10:00:10 PM
Story glorified the nightmare of meat

I am an online subscriber to the Valley News and I want to support local news sources. However, the recent article about Vermont Packinghouse has me reconsidering my subscription (“Rising to meat demand,” May 24).

Glorifying a slaughterhouse that has been under scrutiny for violations, and even had a petition against it, made me physically sick. The petition is still open and has more than 109,000 signatures.

The place is a nightmare, and the article talked about animals as if they are just blades of grass to be mowed. Would it have been so hard to interview someone who could have added another point of view regarding the animals themselves?

Let’s be clear and talk about facts. You do not need meat to live and be healthy. Meat production and raising livestock destroys the environment, even on cute little local farms. Humane meat and slaughter is a myth. Pigs like the ones that were pictured in the article being mutilated are actually smarter than the dog next to you on the couch.

In the future, it would benefit newspapers covering articles involving the unnecessary taking of the lives of animals to investigate the business and any controversy surrounding it and get a variety of points of view. Let the readers know all sides, please.


Chester, N.H.

The arts are more essential than ever

I beg to differ strongly with Dick Tracy’s recent Forum letter claiming that the arts are not essential (“Piling huge debt on future generations,” May 28). If he has never gone to a concert or a show, read a book or enjoyed looking at sculptures or paintings in private or public places, then I suppose he has a point. The arts mean nothing to him. However, they mean a lot to others, especially in times like this, when we are confined to our homes.

TV series and films are art. The actors, directors and producers are all part of an artistic community. So are the musicians and singers and authors who supply us with the songs we like to listen to and the books we like to read.

I do understand the plight of our farmers, who are struggling terribly and need our support in any way we can give it. But why is there a belief that if one group gets some help it is necessarily taken away from another? In a reasonably just society, there would be enough for all. And is the law of supply and demand really “natural”?



There’s a madness to Trump’s method

Bob Scobie’s opinion column (“Why Trump insists on ‘going it alone,’ ” May 28) was a poignant and insightful political and strategic analysis of the subject.

I was particularly struck with the first paragraph’s insight that President Donald Trump doesn’t actually ask his cult members for their “help,” but rather to trust him and follow him no matter what.

While Scobie’s political analysis is helpful, it does tend to presume that there is intentionality in Trump’s actions — that is, a method in his madness.

Taking a psychological perspective, I would contend that there is a madness in his method. Which is to say, the best way to understand anything Trump says or does is to remember that he is a megalomaniacal narcissist. Period.



Why are vape shops deemed essential?

I am concerned that vaping businesses are considered essential during this pandemic crisis.

These products have been deemed more dangerous than tobacco products. They are getting into the hands of our youth via adults and are being passed on. We have other businesses that are shut down and struggling to survive.

I have contacted New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu’s office, left messages twice and sent emails twice, asking for a explanation on this subject. I feel this deserves a response from the governor.



Follow the example set by Dr. King

For days, people have been destroying property, but President Donald Trump doesn’t know how to stop the destruction.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. set a good example of how to protest without destruction and burning property.

King was a leader, but he didn’t teach to destroy property while protesting.

Please, President Trump, tell the people to act like Dr. King.



Trump’s corruption and incompetence

Yo, America. How’s the Donald Trump thing working out for ya? Let’s see.

Start with the utterly botched COVID-19 response; the tens of millions of Americans abruptly unemployed; the deep tax cuts and other financial shenanigans for the uber-wealthy; and the mad, damn-the-torpedoes rush to “reopen” the economy, placing at risk the elderly, the vulnerable and those of us who don’t have the good fortune of getting paid to Zoom from home. And let’s not forget that, for days now, many of our nation’s cities have been blanketed by a thick carpet of smoke, tear gas and pepper spray.

Could it be that the people have finally woken up to the Trump administration’s corruption and gross incompetence? Are the chickens coming home to roost?



Those were the great old days ...

Whenever I see a MAGA cap or banners with “Make America Great Again” emblazoned on them, my first reaction is to ask in what period of American history do President Donald Trump and his supporters find the special “greatness” that they wish to restore?

Surely it can’t be the Roaring ’20s, with the evils of gangsterism and bootlegging spawned by Prohibition, nor can it be the Great Depression of the 1930s and the rise of Franklin Roosevelt’s quasi-socialist New Deal. And they can’t want to return to the years of World War II, when more than 400,000 Americans lost their lives.

It must be the 1950s, the great Eisenhower years, the happy years of my own youth. It was the time of LP recordings and paperback books, revolutionary developments for students of the arts and literature. An impecunious undergraduate could actually put together a library of great books at little cost. Record players were available at moderate cost, and recordings of great classical music, while not entirely inexpensive, were nevertheless within reach. Great films, too. It was a great time for anyone interested in learning about and celebrating the arts.

And the great smokes! I can still remember my first Lucky Strike, probably at 13; it’s a memory worthy of Marcel Proust’s madeleine. Medical doctors were featured frequently in the Saturday Evening Post and Collier’s. The ads for Camels included the great sales pitch, “Try their costlier tobaccos on your ‘T-Zone’ — T for throat; T for taste.” And, of course, they were right. They were doctors in white jackets. If they smoked Camels and found them soothing, why would I dare to disagree?

Doctors are once again being recruited, not by Camel cigarettes this time but by Republican political operatives to “publicly support the president” and come together for the war on health care.

Once again, I have a question: Will the president also want them to endorse his personal promotion of hydroxychloroquine?

A final word, from an old smoker and a registered voter, caveat emptor.


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