Letters to the Editor, April 2

Apr. 01, 2014 @ 02:13 PM

Garden of Eden diet

TV host Glenn Beck and other stalwarts of the Christian right have attacked the recent blockbuster "Noah" as being "pro-animal" and unfaithful to the Bible. Well, yes and no. The film is both pro-animal and faithful to the Bible, at least to the Book of Genesis, our only source for the story of Noah.

After all, Genesis 1:29 admonishes "Behold, I have given you every herb yielding seed which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree that has seed-yielding fruit -- to you it shall be for food." It is only after the flood, with fruits and vegetables no longer abundant, that humans get permission to eat animal flesh. Even then, the Bible stipulates that lives of only select animals may be taken and always with reverence and minimal cruelty. This is certainly a far cry from today’s factory farm and slaughterhouse practices.

Regardless of how we may feel about "Noah’s" interpretation of the Bible, each of us can recreate the recommended diet of the Garden of Eden in our home by dropping animal products from our menu.

Douglas Hines

Durham

Hillside’s tradition of excellence

When I saw the article about the drum line competition (“Drums ‘keep the rhythm’ at Hillside,” March 23), I thought about the long history of Hillside’s marching bands under the direction of Dr. Mitchell and Clarke Edgerton, who is a legend in his own right.

I thought about my years in the band as cymbalist, tenor drummer and bass drum player.  We had many opportunities to show our stuff and we were one of the best bands around. 

I became drum major in my senior year (1972) and we had the opportunity to participate in parades across the state, and represent colleges that did not even have bands. 

We represented Shaw or Saint Augustine in Raleigh against Florida A&M.  We did not get blown away and got serious recognition from the Rattlers of FAMU.  That was saying something back in those days.  These are some things that being in Hillside’s band created memories that will never go away.

Thanks to Hillside’s tradition of excellence, we still march on with pride for our beloved Hillside.  Hillside was a beginning for me and many classmates. It is a point of beginning and pride for all of those who walked through the halls of the original Hillside (near N. C. Central University) and the New Hillside you see today.

Thanks to Hillside, our teachers, the band and all of the Hillside Family, we became great in our own right as citizens all across this country.

It is good to see the tradition continue. 

William H. Cogwell III

Plano, Tex.

Research letters’ accuracy

First, I want to thank J. R. Smith Jr. for taking 15 seconds to find the documentation of scientific consensus regarding climate change that the meteorologist Robert Medred had "never seen".  Second, I have a request for The Herald-Sun editors.  When you publish a letter which makes assertions that can readily be checked for accuracy, why not do the research and publish the results as an addendum to the letter?  It would be a service to your readers who rely on the newspaper for reliable information.

Donald Burdick
Durham