Monday, July 18, 2005

The Star & Sickle Mailbag

Two letters from today’s edition of the Star & Sickle struck me. I’ve printed them in their entirety.

Health risk to whom?
A July 12 letter writer stated that she believes a health-impact fee should be put in place on fast food and alcohol because they pose the same health risk as smoking.
My question to her is: How does one person's eating or excessive drinking threaten other people's health the way smoking does?
Jared McMorris, Plymouth.

Jared, Jared, Jared. Are you naturally stupid, or did years of attending public schools dull your brain almost to the point of nonuse?

Have you ever heard of drunken driving? It usually happens after someone has consumed copious amounts of alcohol. Very often, the one who drank excessively will hit and injure, if not kill, innocent bystanders. People who were just going about their business and, WHAM, had their life snuffed out by some asshole who decided getting shit-faced and driving was a good idea.

Other than that, I can’t think of a single way excessive drinking threatens other people.

As for secondhand smoke, stay away from cigarettes and you won’t have to worry, Jared.

Fact is, with the restrictions placed on smokers today, you have to go out of your way to be exposed.

I hate the very idea of a sin tax, but, Jared, you really should think more before you decide to pop off at someone.

I’ve included the next one for comedic value.

Cruelty defined
About foie gras and human cruelty (Commentary, July 13): There is never justification for cruelty.

When the cruelty is wielded against defenseless people, it is even more loathsome, if that is possible.

When the cruelty is implemented against undefended living creatures in order to obtain a superfluous food that nobody needs, there is no word in the dictionary to define such a situation of extreme cruelty.

This is the sad case with the foie gras.

Geese and ducks are beautiful animals, born to be free, not to be fed to death in order to please people.

I wonder if the undeserved and unimaginable suffering endured by these wonderful animals is worth it for those people who still are able to eat foie gras without vomiting.

Foie gras should be a historic, shameful occurrence only useful to teach our children about the past denigration of human beings in the time they did not respect other living beings and the earth.

I wonder if there is any limit for human cruelty.
Peter Lorenson, Rochester.

I’m off to 4 days of meetings.

Pray for me.

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