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Letters to the editor, June 29

Go veggie on July 4

Here are the Ten Best Reasons for barbecuing veggie burgers and veggie hot dogs at this year's Independence Day gatherings, rather than ground-up animal body parts:

Focusing on traffic and fireworks safety, rather than food safety.

Giving your eyes a break from reading government food warning labels.

Not sweating cancer-causing compounds if barbecue temperature is too high.

Not sweating nasty E. coli and salmonella bugs if temperature is too low.

Not wondering about the real contents of that burger or hot dog you're chewing.

Giving your body a holiday from saturated fat, cholesterol and hormones.

Not sweating the animal cruelty and environmental devastation guilt trips.

Not having to explain to your kids why we cherish Fido but eat Babe.

Enjoying the exploration of veggie meal offerings in your supermarket.

Celebrating a day of independence from the meat industry.

Wey Lin,
Denton

Incapacity to critically analyze

There always appears to be a flurry of apologetic letters in the paper defending each revelatory transgression by the Trump White House or administration.

The authors defend Trump and continue to ignore or overlook his poor performance and lies while calling these revelations "fake news."

This defense by his supporters is called "cognitive dissonance" by psychiatrists and psychologists. This is the incapacity to critically analyze information and revise closely held opinions.

Trump's base relies on conservative talk radio to support their opinions. This is called bias confirmation and this allows these supporters to righteously blame President Obama and his administration for Trump's failures. Of course, the "Deep State" reveals these failures, which are seen as lies and fake news. After blaming Obama, they conveniently dump on the Clintons.

We should try to understand that critical thought and rational thinking are an absolute necessity for an educated and informed citizenry.

Bob James,
Denton

Hurt the most

In your story, "Denton's tree ordinance could fall," you left out the people who are hurt the most.

The city gets millions of dollars in fees, the developer gets a better price for his lots, but the poor individual private property owner who sells is told by the developer that he can only pay $500,000 for the $1 million property because he will have to pay the city $500,000 to make the property usable.

The ordinance has turned what used to be a valuable asset into a terrible liability, like large hills or ravines that must be leveled. But then again we all know what flows downhill.

As usual, this has flowed down to the individual property owner.

Robert Donnelly,
Denton