Letters to the Editor, Nov. 27

Nov. 27, 2013 @ 07:47 AM

Try vegetarian Thanksgiving

President Barack Obama will get a break from "Obamacare" when he pardons the traditional Thanksgiving turkey. Each of us can also set aside our cares by pardoning a turkey and choosing a nonviolent Thanksgiving observance --  one that gives thanks for our good fortune, health, and happiness with a life-affirming, cruelty-free feast of vegetables, fruits, and grains.

And here are more terrific reasons:

-- You will stay alert through the entire football game.

-- You are what you eat. Who wants to be a “butterball? ”

-- Your vegetarian kid won’t have to boycott the family dinner.

-- You won’t have to call the Poultry Hotline to keep your family alive.

-- Fruits and vegetables don’t have to carry government warning labels.

-- You won’t sweat the environment-and-food-resources-devastation guilt trip.

-- You won’t spend a sleepless night wondering how the turkey lived and died.

-- Your body will welcome a holiday from saturated fat, cholesterol and hormones.

Our own dinner this Thanksgiving will feature a "Tofurky," lentil roast, mashed potatoes, corn stuffing, stuffed squash, candied yams, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. An Internet search on "vegetarian Thanksgiving" got us more recipes and other useful information than we could possibly use.

Douglas Hines

Durham

Missed opportunity

Too bad Jasmine Guy or the writer (John McCann) of “Finding new reasons to cheer” (Nov. 25) missed an important opportunity to inform readers that seat belts save lives, and yes, prevent injuries.

That is the message the public should have taken away from this article. 

Very disappointing. I'm happy Ms. Guy feels her accident was "a blessing," but perhaps other riders and passengers could have benefited from her experience, and buckled up.  After all, it is the law!

Linda E. Browner

Chapel Hill

Some facts omitted

I agree with Evelyn Poole-Kober (Letters, Nov. 25) that facts, not ideology, should inform our decisions about Voter ID.

She cites as fact that North Carolina’s Voter Integrity Project (VIP) has referred 475 cases of alleged voter fraud for prosecution over the past four years. A fact she omits is that most of those challenges have been dismissed by the State Board of Elections.

Another fact omitted is that VIP is an affiliate of True the Vote, a Texas-based conservative organization whose sole mission is to investigate alleged voter fraud. Last October, Congress initiated an investigation into their actions, indicating that if their voter challenges were “intentional, politically motivated and widespread across multiple states, they could amount to a criminal conspiracy to deny legitimate voters their constitutional rights."

In fact, actual voter fraud accounted for just 0.00174 percent of the ballots cast in North Carolina in 2012. Ms. Poole-Kober fails to provide any evidence this justifies spending millions of our tax dollars (perhaps as much as $25 million over three years) to enact Voter ID laws making it harder for many legitimate voters to cast their ballots, especially those most likely to oppose thestate legislature’s regressive agenda.

Additionally, Ms. Poole-Kober deems it important to note “New York State electoral laws are more restrictive than North Carolina’s.” Is she suggesting that we should be content with knowing that we are not (yet) the worst? Perhaps she needs to be reminded that facts, and not ideology, should inform our decisions.

Vicki Ryder

Durham