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If you continue to publish racist letters I'll get my news elsewhere

To The Daily Sun,

Recently you have published letters from an individual who has decided that using harsh language about a specific group of people is an acceptable way to get his point across. He has done this more than once — multiple times in the past few days in fact — but this letter was specifically inspired by his letter of April 8.

This individual is utilizing blatant hate speech, and you at The Daily Sun are allowing it to be published. To me, and I am sure to others, this is absolutely unacceptable. When a letter comes across your desks (metaphorically speaking, I suppose) that states a refusal to be "politically correct," calls Islam a "prehistoric religion," and implies that most Muslims are basically nothing more than killing machines, what would possess you to print that?

Yes, there are Muslims who have committed terrible atrocities, and no one is arguing that these acts should be overlooked or pushed under the rug. Here's the thing, though: people do terrible things every day, and it may surprise you to learn that many of those people are not Muslim. No race or religion is immune to having radical and/or violent followers, and calling out the Islamic religion in such a way is racism, plain and simple.

I am not a newspaper editor (obviously) and I do not know the exact intricacies of what can and cannot be published, but I am fairly certain that, if nothing else, it is just a good business practice to discourage and disallow discrimination and hate speech, especially when your business is a public forum available to anyone who walks into a Dunkin' Donuts in the Lakes Region.

Typically I look forward to the days that I have some down time to thumb through The Daily Sun, and I usually love reading letters from other local people. But if this is the kind of attitude and racism your newspaper is going to enable, I will have to get my news elsewhere.

This letter is not an attempt to start a dialogue with the author of the aforementioned letters. I simply hope that you at The Daily Sun will reconsider your policies for the language allowed in your Letters To The Editor.

Michaela Goodell
Ashland

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Plant-based diet saves equivalent of 20 pounds of CO3 per day

To The Daily Sun,

"Cowspiracy" is a 2014 documentary film produced by Kip Andersen. The discussion is about the damaging effects of meat production on the environment, especially the greenhouse gases produced. There is more information at http://cowspiracy.com.

Comments from experts are interspersed with interviews with representatives from environmental organizations such as Greenpeace and the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the U.S. government, among others. There is also an interview with a member of the Animal Agriculture Alliance. When Andersen asks her if her organization contributes to environmental organization, she clams up.

It seems very likely that meat producers contribute heavily to environmental organizations, in order to avoid attention to their contribution to climate change. This would be juicy stuff for their magazines. I have questioned the organizations to which I contribute.

Those who make a living raising meat want to put a good face on what they do, so they join groups like the Animal Agriculture Alliance, who have lobbyists.

Most of us don't want to give up meat; I don't. But I am willing to eat less meat after watching this.

According to a review on Ecowatch http://ecowatch.com/2014/10/10/cowspiracy-exposes-animal-agriculture/ :

"The average American consumes 209 pounds of meat each year. Everyday, a person that eats a plant-based diet saves 1,100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 30 square feet of forested land, the equivalent of 20 pounds of CO2 and one animal's life."

Dick Devens
Center Sandwich

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