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Readers write: Letters to the editor, February 12, 2018

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
    | Opinion
  • Updated: February 11
  • Published February 11


Meat-free lifestyle is the way to go

Feb. 14 marks the beginning of Lent, the 40-day period before Easter, when Christians abstain from animal foods in remembrance of Jesus' 40 days of fasting in the wilderness.

The call to abstain from eating animals is as current as the teaching of evangelical leader Franklin Graham, yet as traditional as the Bible (Genesis 1:29). Methodist founder John Wesley, Salvation Army pioneers William and Catherine Booth, and Seventh-day Adventist Church founder Ellen G. White all followed this higher call.

A meat-free diet is not just about Christian devotion. Dozens of medical studies have linked consumption of animal products with elevated risk of heart failure, stroke, cancer and other killer diseases. A United Nations report named meat production as the largest source of greenhouse gases and water pollution. Undercover investigations have documented farm animals routinely caged, crowded, mutilated and beaten.

Today's supermarkets are well in tune with the call to abstain from eating animals. They offer a rich array of plant-based meats, milks, cheeses and ice creams, as well as the more traditional vegetables, fruits, and grains. Entering "vegetarian" or "vegan" in your favorite search engine provides lots of meat replacement products, recipes and transition tips.

— Art Doddermyer

Bigots come in all colors

I see that pastor Undra Parker (Point-Counterpoint, Feb. 9) doesn't think that certain people should have full civil rights. Bigots come in all colors. His rationale is based on an Iron Age group of writings that is a mishmash of many early religions from the Sumerians forward.

He wants to have his say on a political issue covered by the U.S. Constitution while his religion is being subsidized by all taxpayers. It is time for these people either to get out of politics or pay their full share. LGBT people pay their taxes and why should they subsidize a bigot like him.

— Jay Cross
Big Lake

Love thy neighbor; no on Prop.1

I thought I was properly stung when my state senator, who attended an Ivy League school and therefore might be educated to a degree, emailed me her opinion that transgender is a "life choice." But Undra Parker takes the cake (Point-Counterpoint, Feb. 9). His smug, better-than-thou face beaming out from Friday's opinion page is meant, I guess, to show readers how great it feels to have someone to look down on when we need to make ourselves feel more worthy.
Undra appears to find great joy in having discovered that he can interpret and share his version of God to accomplish this. I am so grateful that there are other versions of God to choose from. Please vote NO on Prop. 1 and make a "life choice" to love thy neighbor.

— Jeanne Ashcraft

Save PFD for future generations

When will all you PFD advocates get off your high horse and realize that the PFD is not an entitlement. If all the money was put into the fund then all generations of Alaskans would benefit equally — not just those of us around while oil is flowing.

— Greg Svendsen

Time to invest in our democracy

Because of the decline in government income due to the recent tax reform, Congress has raised the national debt limits. China and other foreign governments will own the bonds we sell to finance the massive debt. Permanent tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy ensure that the average person will pick up the tab. Since many congressional and Senate districts have a military base or defense-related industry, there is constant lobbying to add to the debt by increasing spending for the military. The men and women who serve deserve excellent pay and benefits. However, as the U.S. spends more on our military than the next seven countries combined, it is hard to see how we are underfunding that area.

The major threats to our country do not have a military solution. Our democracy is far more threatened by the manipulation of our political system by foreign powers, and the denigration of our courts, FBI, free press and civil servants. Our democracy is constrained by an outdated electoral college, gerrymandering and legally sanctioned corporate election and lobbying influence. I urge our leaders to reform and strengthen our democracy and investing in infrastructure, health and education for the well-being of our citizens.

— Mark Wolbers

Giessel wrong on abortion bill

Bravo to Sherry Lewis for so wisely calling out the full consequences of those working to abolish legal access to abortions! As a followup, if you haven't heard of Sen. Cathy Giessel's irresponsible proposal, Senate Bill 124, now is the time to speak up against it.

SB 124 would require physicians who induce or perform abortions to attempt to birth an unborn child so it can be put up for adoption. Sen. Giessel offers no process for funding the likely tremendous costs of care for an early birth, or subsequent care and education for babies who may be drug or alcohol damaged. Nor is there any concern for the poor woman who would be forced to go through this trauma, after making a tremendously difficult decision to pursue an abortion.

Why does Sen. Giessel believe she needs to try and push the government into a woman's body and her most personal decision? Sen. Giessel and other legislators' time would be better spent on state budgets, education for all our children, and overall public safety, rather than the personal business of a few women. Shame on Sen. Giessel.

— Ann Rappoport

Trump needs new role models

Democrats in Congress didn't clap sufficiently for Trump's taste during his State of the Union speech so he called them treasonous. His role-model Putin would have had them jailed, whereas his role-model Kim Jong-un would have had them machine-gunned or perhaps shot at close range with an antiaircraft weapon. So we have something to be thankful for.

— Rick Wicks

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