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Letters to the editor — Wednesday (3-25-15)

Community blessed to have this person living here

The other day I was in the McDonalds on Innes when a very plain, ordinary-looking gentleman walked in. I recognized this gentleman and knew he could have chosen any place in town to eat but selected McDonalds.

Upon leaving I witnessed an act of kindness that I thought exemplified this individual and his contributions and generosity for most of his life. He ever so discreetly handed a less-fortunate individual some money. I am probably the only person that saw this. I had to admire this act of kindness. We are truly blessed to have someone of his caliber living in our community.

This gracious gentleman who served our country in the Navy is none other than Mr. Ralph Ketner. A truly caring individual.

— John Mitchell

Salisbury

Being played for fools all year long?

With April Fools’ Day just around the corner, it appears that the meat, egg and dairy industries have been playing us for fools all year-round. Their more remarkable hoaxes include “California’s happy cows,” “Free-range chickens,” “Humane slaughter.” All lies.

Less fun is the stuff they never talk about. Like the hundreds of millions of chickens crammed seven into a cage designed for one, unable to move or spread their wings. Or their hundreds of millions of male counterparts ground up live at birth and fed to other chickens, or just dumped into plastic garbage bags to suffocate slowly. Or the miserable breeding sows producing millions of piglets per year while trapped in tiny steel cages.

All in the spirit of year-round April Fools’ Day, the meat industry has even developed a whole dictionary of fun terms to fool unwary consumers. Those filthy cesspools of animal waste that poison downwind neighbors with putrid odors? They call them “lagoons.” And to make sure that kids don’t confuse the pig flesh on their plate with “Babe” or “Wilbur,” they call it “pork.”

Ah, those meat industry folks are such kidders. But they won’t be fooling American consumers much longer. Anyway, happy April Fools’ Day, everyone!

— Shane Papadopolous

Salisbury

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