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Final Warming

I was dismayed to find I was quoted in "The Fly" (March 12) as "reportedly" making a slam against the San Jose Mercury News when I resigned from the paper this month—even though no one from Metro called me to verify it.

If a reporter had checked with me, I would have said that when I gave my resignation to the managing editor, Dave Satterfield, we had a very warm conversation. I told him how much I had loved working for the Merc and how much I respect my colleagues there.

If you can't be bothered to actually talk to the people you quote, at least now you should correct the record.

Sue Hutchison


Stay Conscious

Re "Save This Carrot," (Cover Story, March 19): It's all well and good that meat eaters want to have sustainably raised and humanely slaughtered meat. However, for the vast majority of people, this is simply unaffordable, hence, our current factory farming system.

I am not a radical vegan, I'm more like Michael Pollan, who Silicon Veggie disses in her column in the same issue.

I just ask that all of us eaters be more conscious of what we put in our mouths every day.

Noelle Gillies

San Jose

Approaching Meatlessness

Re "The New Meat: A Veg Response" (Silicon Veggie, March 19): This is one of the most articulate, logical, well-thought-out explanations for veg*nism I've ever read. Ms. Camahort has hit the nail on the head with this one.

The message I've taken away from reading this is: the very people who want to distance themselves from the animal kingdom are the same who eat meat and don't want to know where it comes from. Ironically, those who do not consume meat have achieved this separation already.

Lisa Jenkins

North Las Vegas, Nev.

Unkindest Cuts

Christina Waters' "Back in Rack" (Cover Story, March 19) represents sad commentary on our stubborn refusal to transcend our gluttony as a species. Despite the green pastures, and the relatively good treatment some free-range animals allegedly have, their deaths are just as brutal, painful and terrifying. What type of person would delude himself that there is any way to satiate one's lust for me in a "kind" fashion? Exploitation and killing are what they are, no matter how disguised by "soft" distractions. No carnivores are correct to feel comfortable with their lust for flesh. The icing on the cake might seem sweet, but the cake is moldy and rotten inside. Even if one deluded himself into thinking raising animals to kill them for the human appetite was acceptable, meat would still be unhealthy for human consumption (contributing to cardiovascular disease, stroke and cancer) and the planet (contributing to more greenhouse gas emissions than all forms of transportation combined).

Rina Deych, RN

Brooklyn, N.Y.

No Waiting

I breathed a sigh of relief while reading Richard von Busack's review of Waitress ( I'm not crazy. I'm not merely out of touch. I simply made a poor video selection. "Whew!"

I made the mistake of judging the film by its cover. I was looking for a movie to watch with my cross-generational family after Easter dinner. It looked—well—sweet as pie.

I squirmed through the first 35 to 40 minutes of it. The blue-lit don't-want-to-have-sex-scene put me over the edge. I looked at my parents and said, "Hmm ... I thought it was rated PG-13." We left the living room and found places to read our novels while the teenagers insisted on finishing it. My 20-year-old son said, "It's so bad—I have to see how it ends."

I would love to know of a good source for finding decent films before the damage is done!

Karen Strain

Rapid City, S.D.


Locals Care About CV

Re "Running Wild" (Metro News, Nov. 21): I think that it is nice to hear the issue of the EIR of Coyote Valley being spun in the direction of the people who care about it.

When it comes to our living space, no matter how much money other people have or could make off of it, they have to go through us first. 

This whole plan has been really sketchy from the beginning, and there are many more problems with the report than just the wild life being impacted. Businesses don't have the right incentive to move in the area, there will not be funding for the bus system to stop in Coyote Valley, and there isn't any planning for police or fire stations for the area.

I think the people want to be able to experience the Valley of the Heart's Delight for what it is.

Mike Wood


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