In his letter to the editor (Dec. 4), Ralph Rostock again delivers an emotional response rather than one based on facts and verifiable information. Though it is none of his business, I do support the troops. However, if they knew the truth behind the raising of animals for food some may choose to simply eat the trimmings.
People cannot ask for tofu if they've never tried a meatless alternative. It just might change some minds. Mr. Rostock obviously has no regard for human health, unnecessary animal suffering, hunger or the environment.
There are also many vegetarian restaurants and they are growing. Even the mainline restaurants and fast-food chains offer a vegetarian choice on their menus.
I would suggest that he and others go online and watch a short film narrated by actor Alec Baldwin called Meet Your Meat. It may just prick your conscience and cause you to choose kindness and not cruelty on your dinner plate.
For more information contact GoVeg.com.
As a Penn State graduate who has been a football season ticket holder for 44 consecutive years, I am quite pleased that the Maxwell Football Club has chosen to honor the Nittany Lions senior football players with the Thomas Brookshier Spirit Award on March 1.
Most of the country's sports enthusiasts, especially the national media, figured this team would be lucky to win three or four games at best. Most now are treating this eight-win season as a miracle of biblical proportions.
I'm sure that's why the Maxwell Club decided to honor this fine group of student athletes.
Ron Jaworski, president of the Maxwell Club, said he was astonished by the performances of these senior athletes. Interestingly, a vast majority of Penn State alumni such as me were not the least bit surprised.
Why might you ask?
These Penn State seniors were recruited and coached by one Joseph V. Paterno. This is the same coach Paterno whose Grand Experiment consistently turned out similar high-character young men each year of his sterling career.
Ironically, this is the same Joe Paterno who had his name stricken from the Maxwell Club Coach of the Year Award in November of 2011. Much like the Big Ten and others, the Maxwell Club rushed to judgment without the benefit of due process.
During the March 1 awards ceremony, I would suggest that Coach Joe Paterno be given some credit for this team's amazing performance in light of the unfair NCAA sanctions they were required to endure. I believe Coach Bill O'Brien would be the first to say that he inherited an outstanding group of seniors, all of whom exhibited success with honor on which he could begin building his own legacy at Penn State.
How could the Maxwell Club best honor these Nittany Lions on March 1? Announce that Joe Paterno's name is being rightfully restored on its Coach of the Year Award.
Patricia Marks Wilkes-Barre Thomas M. Bradley Altoona