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Letters to the editor: Saturday, Oct. 28

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Meat industry is scary

I don't fear goblins, witches, or evil clowns lurking on Halloween. What really scares me is the meat industry.

This is the industry that deprives, mutilates, cages, then butchers billions of cows, pigs, turkeys, chickens -- animals who feel joy, affection, sadness, and pain, as we do ... that exposes undocumented workers to chronic workplace injuries at slave wages, and exploits farmers and ranchers by dictating market prices.

The meat industry contributes more to our epidemic of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and cancer than any other, then bullies health authorities to remove warnings from dietary guidelines.

This industry sanctions world hunger by feeding nutritious corn and soybeans to animals, instead of people. It generates more water pollution than all other human activities. It spews more greenhouse gases than all transportation and destroys more wildlife habitats than all other industries.

These are the things that keep me up at night.

Fortunately, my local supermarket offers a rich selection of plant-based meats, milks, cheeses, and ice creams, as well as a colorful display of fresh fruit and veggies. It gives me hope and courage for my future. But I still fear for my friends and neighbors.

Wey Lin,

Denton

Trump's Benghazi

Is Niger Rex Tillerson's and the Trump administration's Benghazi?

John Zeigler,

Denton

Thanks to Flake

The word "complicit." Thanks to U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, for a catch-all word describing colleagues, supporters, the base -- all who witness but pretend not to see Trump's continuing degradation of values, which made America great in the first place.

The definition damns them.

Mark Spencer,

Cross Roads

Hudspeth totally wrong

Commissioner Hugh Coleman has been correct on all his decisions about the Confederate Monument. Willie Hudspeth has not.

Mr. Hudspeth is totally wrong when he thinks that when the Monument is removed, it will "bring the community together."

That will only come when all communities are ready to bring themselves together, not be forced to be together. Look up the word "assimilate."

Charlottesville, Virginia, is a poor reason to justify the removal of the Monument. That riot was nothing but a huge paid liberal crowd bused in by big money on the left. The only voting, like others on this letters page have written, should, be by the taxpaying residents of Denton County. They paid to put it up. Let's see if they want to keep it up or take it down.

Jim Penton,

Denton

'Morally treasonable'

Here's a quote from Republican Teddy Roosevelt:

"To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."

Jim Stodola,

Denton

Good on Long

Congratulations to Chris Long, defensive end for the Philadelphia Eagles. He is giving his entire $1 million salary in 2017 to education, saying that he believes education is the best gateway to a better tomorrow for everyone in America.

He recently established a foundation that works to assure access to clean water worldwide, to fight homelessness, to support veterans, and to help needy children.

Dolores Vann,

Denton