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Being ‘green’ just isn’t that hard
You know how sometimes when you drive through the woods, or walk through them, you start to feel really glad for nature being there? Well, what if one day nature wasn’t there anymore because we had used all of its resources and they were depleted? Everything in nature was wiped out; people were getting sick much more often, and we just finally died out.
Is that how you want the future of our world to look like? If not, then let’s try to find a way to be more green. I don’t mean go into a “freak mode” and recycle everything in sight, or sit in the dark to save energy. If more people would turn off all the lights in their house when they left or take reusable shopping bags to the store, we would save so much energy, and there would be a few less bags in a landfill.
Imagine if 1 million people did it ó or saved just a gallon of water or recycled a few pages of paper or even just carpooled to work.
If that’s not enough to get you thinking, what about us, all the children and the children of the future? Do want them to suffer life in a dirty world that’s falling apart around them? Then take a stand ó help prevent pollution, help conserve water and energy. You could be the next person to come up with a great idea to save the planet.
These are only a few of the easier things to do.
The Earth is a big place, and it’s going to take a lot of people to save it. In the end it will be worth it, so start today. You might even like it and want to help more, but as long as I can inspire you to think about helping, I’m happy.
ó Weston Ewart
Salisbury
Puerile rhetoric
In response to Joe Robert’s Oct. 13 letter:
It’s a shame Mr. Roberts had to resort to such puerile rhetoric to show his distaste for same-sex marriages. It’s one thing to respectfully express your dislike of a topic, but to write a piece of prose that seems like something out of Rick Santorum’s nightmares is a gross misuse of our First Amendment rights that so many men and women have fought so hard for.
Also, to compare the same-sex marriage movement to bestiality is appalling. These men and women, who had no more choice in who they love than the color of their skin or the shape of their nose, do not deserve such invective hurled at them.
I fervently hope that one day the political discourse in America can rise above such base insults and into a venue of mutual respect and enlightenment. Politely exchanging differing views on a topic can be a wonderful way to expand one’s horizons, and can be done with all the vigor of any other debate, but both parties walk away not filled with vitriol.
America is too good of a country, too great a nation, to have such trite and inane declarations as comparing same-sex relationships to bestiality.
LGBT people are Americans. They deserve every right that any other American does, and not just the rights of Mr. Robert’s beloved livestock.
ó Nate Lytle
Asheville

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