Scary meat industry

To the Editor:

I have no fear of 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 industry that 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.

That sanctions world hunger by feeding nutritious corn and soybeans to animals, instead of people.

The industry that generates more water pollution than all other human activities, that spews more greenhouse gases than all transportation, that 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.

Cornellius Everhart

San Andreas

Tax or theft?

To the Editor:

I am constantly amazed by how misinformed some people are about our government and governments in general.

Governments do not create an economy. Governments “create” nothing. In fact, governments are themselves created by a society or culture with an already existing economy.

The only proper purpose of a government is to protect the rights of those who consent to be governed. The only proper functions of a government are the military, to protect us from foreign invaders. Fire and police departments, to provide public safety; and the courts to protect private property and contracts from fraud by others, and to settle disputes according to objective law. There is really no other reason for a government.

Of course a government must be supported. The best way to do this is with a fair and equitable tax that applies to all. We must remember that the government is not the owner of our income and, therefore, cannot hold a blank check for that income.

When a government takes more money from one class of people for the benefit of another class, that is theft.

JB Dugan