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Tuttle's Preaching on Vegetarianism Should Go to Hell

Tuttle's column (Feb. 3) on vegetarianism hit a sour note with me. I have no bone with people who choose a vegetarian diet, and I do enjoy vegetarian recipes, but her preachy, holier-than-thou proselytizing gives me the urge to go out and eat a bacon cheeseburger. With chicken tenders on the side. And pork chops for dessert.

I grew up on a farm where chickens were slaughtered for meals regularly, and I have no qualms over killing or eating meat. I did not appreciate her attempt to shock me by referring to meat as a corpse. I am fully aware of the fact it used to be a living creature, and I am OK with that. I have been both vegetarian and not vegetarian over the years, and I know it can be a sensitive issue for both sides.

Using terms like corpse and living beings reeks of the mudslinging that common in politics today. While we're mangling definitions, let's cover the fact that plants still count as living beings.

You'd think someone who claims to believe in all God's creatures would at least be mindful of her fellow man (and woman) and their opinions, considering that the gift of choice and free will is a gift between God and us, not God and Tuttle and us. While we're on the subject of right and wrong, I noticed she did not touch on the subject of ovo-lacto vegetarians or vegans. Maybe differences in diet are only wrong if they cover issues that you disagree with. Never mind that your precious vegetarianism is wrong according to the vegans.

Eunice Loh


Comparing Our Border to Israel-Palestine Is Ridiculous

Just a couple of points regarding the opinion piece (Guest Commentary by Seth J. Frantzman, Feb. 3) comparing Arizona to the Israeli occupation.

I'm reading a history of Tucson right now, and it says that this land was purchased from Mexico in 1854 for $10 million. It was called the Gadsden Purchase.

The current border between Arizona and Mexico is internationally recognized, and mutually recognized by both the United States and Mexico. Most can cross this border, legally. The settlements in Palestine are on land taken by Israel in 1967, not given to them by the United Nations in 1948. By the way, I wonder where all the sewage generated by these settlements goes.

If Israel had built the wall on their side of the border stipulated in UN Resolution 242, it wouldn't have outraged the international community. Every time I think of this wall, I think of President Reagan's "tear down this wall" speech.

Paul Podgornik


Where's Joe Kay's Insurance?

Concerning your article in the Jan. 20 issue of The Skinny entitled "Special Kay," it is indeed sad that Joe Kay was hurt. It is also sad to hear about the lawsuit. You don't bother mentioning the amount the family is suing for, but I can guess the sum is large. You say, "They have no choice." But what comes to mind is the question of why insurance is not paying for the medical bills. If a child of two attorneys cannot afford health and accident insurance, then who can? Are we to assume Joe was uninsured? More importantly, does TUSD not "require" insurance of its athletes before they can participate in these rough-and-tumble sports? And who normally pays for this insurance? I'd like to know a bit more about this before I would assume these parents are as "gracious" as you believe. And, to me, it matters not three beans whether Joe Kay is the nicest guy in town (which he may well be) or Tucson's version of Charles Barkley.

Steven Decker


Don't Like the Discovery Channel? Watch PBS Instead

Regarding Catherine O'Sullivan's Jan. 27 commentary on the Discovery Channel: The short-answer solution is PBS. The few times I've viewed the Discovery Channel, its programming has seemed like PBS rejects.

It's not possible to keep up with the good programming on PBS: Nova, Frontline, Masterpiece Theatre, Washington Week, The Desert Speaks, NewsHour, Arizona Illustrated, American Experience, Great Performances, American Masters, Nature, Globe Trekker and anything by Ken Burns, Michael Wood, James Burke or David Attenborough. Some of those shows have been beyond fabulous. A few have been not so good. PBS has great programming for kids as well.

Michael C. Carpenter


And 'The New York Times' Is Never Wrong!

Two of the three New York Times' movie critics listed Million Dollar Baby as the No. 1 movie of 2004. The third listed it as No. 6. Your James DiGiovanna ("Kick the Baby," Jan. 27) refers to the film as "a steaming pile of dung." I think that disparity sums up his capabilities as a movie critic.

Bernard Decker


Pickin' on Patty

John Zimmerman's letter to the editor regarding an alternate viewpoint on the Patty Weiss saga ("And Now, a Word on Patty Weiss," Mailbag, Jan. 13) rings true. She is the quintessential spokesperson of a homogenized, corporatized, melodramatic news media that trains us to fear the unlikely threat of the shadowy man in the bushes so that we ignore the employer who steals from us every day. The irony of Weiss' complaint against the system is that she has benefited from that system for many years. Faces of local news readers have come and gone under Weiss' watch. Where was her cry of injustice when they got the boot?

Web Staley

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