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February 19. 2013 5:59PM
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Prayer has place at Thanksgiving

Some people do not say grace before their meals on Thanksgiving Day. If they don't, then why would they celebrate the holiday? The purpose of Thanksgiving is to count our blessings that God has given to us.



Alex S. Partika


Wilkes-Barre


As jobs disappear food stamps swell

Does everyone understand why we have food stamps? It's not really that complicated.


In order for the 1 percent to make more money, they have to pay employees less. But to do that without causing an uproar two things were necessary. Do it slowly, by stagnating wages, and create a food program to keep workers healthy.


So, if you're not on food stamps yet, it might not be long. Or you might have been an oversight. It sometimes happens even with the best-laid plans.


Otherwise, job laundering would be necessary. Yes, job laundering – the quicker way to wealth.



Ed Cole


Clarks Summit


Many reasons to ‘pass' on turkey

Every year at Thanksgiving in the United States, hundreds of thousands of turkeys are slaughtered to celebrate the Colonists' survival in the new homeland. Most of these animals were raised under intensive factory farm conditions.


A few days after birth, thousands of baby turkeys are taken from their mothers and placed in long, windowless, environmentally controlled sheds to live out the remainder of their lives until slaughter. In factory farm conditions, turkeys undergo acute physical, social and psychological stress and deprivation. Unable to establish a normal social order in their grossly overcrowded quarters – which toward the end of their lives might amount to as little as one-half foot of floor space per bird – they become aggressive, even cannibalistic.


To counteract this, producers dim the lights during the birds' last weeks of life to near darkness. Debeaking of turkeys, a demonstrably painful operation, is now the general rule. Transport and slaughter methods also subject the turkeys to considerable stress and suffering.


Animal suffering is not the only issue involved in the traditional Thanksgiving dinner, however. There are also the problems of human health and world hunger. More than 40 percent of the antibiotics produced in this country go into animal feeds. In the case of poultry, almost 100 percent are given antibiotics to counteract the risk of disease, which arises largely from the stress attendant upon intensive confinement conditions. This poses a serious threat of resultant tolerance to antibiotics in humans.


Giving thanks for the American Colonists' survival by eating meat is also a moral contradiction, given the world hunger situation. While people in America consume turkey on Thanksgiving Day, thousands upon thousands of Third World peoples will be starving for want of adequate protein and nutrition.


We can no longer afford to be so parochial in our diets and oblivious to the world and our own country's situation. The use of land for raising animals for slaughter, land which could be better used for growing high-protein vegetable crops, and the feeding of high-protein foods to food animals, which could be used instead for feeding hungry people, is not in the spirit of a true World Thanksgiving Day. Visit www.goveg.com.



Patricia Marks


Wilkes-Barre


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