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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Pass the Tempeh

In regard to the exchange in your Letters section about soy and meat production between Robert Wolfe (“One Man’s Meat,” June 13) and Eli Ingleson (“Soy and Nuts, Not Meat,” May 30): Companies hawking alternatives to edible animal products may well be citing statistics about greenhouse gas emissions to move tofu. But Wolfe’s skepticism about the impact of meat on the environment is misplaced because the numbers come from a source with far less stake in the matter: the United Nations and the scientific community.

Wolfe is free to spend his time pushing his plate of tempeh away like a fussy four-year-old or speculating erroneously about the impossibility of getting human beings to stop eating meat. For the rest of us, I would suggest taking Mr. Ingleson up on his advice and looking into the many environmental benefits of giving up animal products.

C. E. Dunne

via Internet

 

Gomez a No-Go

I listened to last Tuesday’s debate between U.S. Senate candidates Gabriel Gomez and Edward Markey. I heard Gomez refer to his nine years in the Navy about a dozen times, with only one quick mention that he was a businessman and not stating what type of businessman he was in. He says he lived the American dream and everyone else should, too, but he doesn’t seem to be in favor of supporting education, a minimum wage hike or anything that would help. Romney made about $200 million from the private equity firm Bain Capital. Gomez is or was in the same type of private equity business. That means buying companies willing to sell, lowering wages, ending jobs, confiscating pension funds, sending jobs overseas or whatever it takes to wring some cash out of those businesses.

Gomez says he is a different type of Republican, but he looks like the same old type to me. He wants to deal with the deficit by cutting Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, education, infrastructure repair, Headstart, Meals-on-Wheels—that is, everything that helps the masses. He does not want anything to change for the one in four profitable corporations which pay no federal tax and still collect subsidies. He doesn’t want to see Citizens United overturned so the public might know who is supporting a particular candidate. He supports the XL Keystone pipeline, although the oil will be exported from a tax-free port on the Gulf and the U.S. will see no benefit but still incur all the environmental threat of that pipeline. Obviously, he doesn’t take global warming very seriously. He is being supported by the oil industry (BP, Exxon, Chevron) and the financial industry (JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo) and it is easy to see why. They are the people he will be working for, not us. He may be young and handsome, but that is not enough.

Malita Brown

Wilbraham

 

Taxes, the IRS and Karl Marx

When Marx and Engels wrote the Communist Manifesto in 1848, they presented 10 steps necessary to destroy any free enterprise system and replace it with communism. Step number two is to establish a heavy progressive or graduated income tax. At that time, this country did not have an income tax. It took 65 years for the progressives to sell it to the American people. Back then, it was hard to realize the dangers it brought to this nation. Today, we can see why Marxism considers it a necessary tool to bring down any productive nation and turn it into a socialist state.

The House Ways and Means committee oversees the IRS and is considering proposals to fix our tax system. Recent abuses demand the replacement of the IRS and its 70,000-plus pages of regulations. Kevin Brady, a ranking member of the Ways and Means Committee, recently wrote, “Americans shouldn’t fear the IRS”. I disagree. Every citizen should fear the IRS, and should have feared it 100 years ago.  The Marxists knew then it would grow into the monster it is today.

Roy Newsom via email

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A WORTHY PARTNER FOR SENATOR WARREN

I’m a progressive Democrat, closely following the Senate race. Though my vote for Ed Markey seems a foregone conclusion, it’s still no knee-jerk party line reflex.

As a woman, I’m concerned about Congressional decisions affecting all women. I marched for the E.R.A and choice in the 1970’s. I want my generation’s granddaughters to enjoy the advances my peers fought so long to achieve. Mr. Markey is a steadfast proponent of women’s reproductive freedoms, equal pay and equal health care. Every women’s advocacy group supports him.
Mr. Gomez, though, has tried to straddle EVERY position concerning women. No surprise that he’s “personally pro-life”, would have “no litmus test” for SCOTUS nominees, and considers a mandatory abortion delay reasonable. His conflicting statements call his integrity into question. He says he wouldn’t "change any laws", called Roe v. Wade “settled law”. That’s Mr. Gomez ideologically blurring the right-wing’s hard-edged agenda with “electionese”.
Rowe won’t be overturned unless more regressive Justices are confirmed. Yet there’s no assurance Mr. Gomez wouldn’t confirm a nominee who’d seriously degrade women's freedoms, even overturn Rowe.
Rowe v. Wade is “settled law” until it isn’t. Meanwhile, the right has long worked to erode women’s choice piece by piece. Although a 24-hour wait might seem a moderate concession, it's a slippery slope. Republicans say they're for freedom and liberty, yet they’d deprive women the freedom to control their own bodies, handing their personal lives over to Congress.
Mr. Gomez has punted on any real answers to these questions. We saw this kind of camouflage campaign when Scott Brown ran in 2010 as an independent/bipartisan. He sold it then, but failed in his re-election efforts. The same ploy to give “the new guy” a chance shouldn’t sway voters next Tuesday either.
Ed Markey defends the environment, advocates meaningful gun control, protects the social safety net, supports health care reform, and fights for tax fairness. His positions are clear. MA has renewed his mandate in Congress for 37 years because we know what he stands for; we value his leadership. I’m proud to give him my vote.
Posted by Dinah Kudatsky on 6.22.13 at 2:03

While I was unaware of how close the owners of the Northfield Drive-In were to closing down their theater,the recent news of the decision to continue operating next year is great news to my family.On the same day that I read the article in the Valley Advocate,I found a way that all of us can help to potentially help offset some of the expenses of a digital upgrade.Honda is sponsoring a program called "Project Drive-In where they will donate digital projectors to five drive-ins.Where these projectors go will be determined by public voting. By going to projectdrivein.com you can vote for a drive-in or make a contribution to help save these great pieces of American culture and history.Spread the word!

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