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Halloween zombies, witches, ghosts and goblins lurking about don’t scare me; what’s really frightening is the meat industry.

This is the industry that deprives, mutilates, cages, then butchers billions of cows, pigs, turkeys, chickens— animals who feel joy, affection, sadness, and pain, just like us and exposes undocumented workers to chronic workplace injuries at slave wages, and exploits farmers and ranchers by dictating market prices.

The industry that sanctions world hunger by feeding nutritious corn and soybeans to animals, instead of people.

Fortunately, our local supermarkets offer a rich selection of plant-based meats, milks, cheeses, and ice creams, as well as a colorful display of fresh fruits and veggies. According to the meat industry publication Feedstuffs, sales of plant-based foods doubled from 2017 to 2018, jumping another 20% from 2018-19.

That’s what gives me my courage…and hope.

Sincerely,

Larry Rogawitz

Santa Rosa

Radiation Revolt

SMART METERS. They are smart at increasing speed on computers and other devices, but at what cost? How smart is it to expose people, animals and the environment too strong, harmful radiation that makes us sick and can even kill? According to many scientists, because of soft body tissue, infants and children—the most vulnerable among us—are absorbing dangerous radiation at much faster rates than adults. The elderly are also more susceptible.

This poisonous radiation has no odor or sound. It is a sneak attack on humanity. The smart meters and 5G towers being installed everywhere in communities worldwide have not been tested for safety. We, humans, are the guinea pigs.

Citizens of the world need to awaken and become united against this devastating disaster. Let’s be more like adults who have passed through the infant stage of instant gratification. Humanity needs it and our Mother Earth requires renewal from all the excesses perpetrated against her. Heed our courageous local schoolgirl, Kennedy Irwin, pleading at the “Youth March Worldwide” for a safe environment.

Ester Akersloot

St. Helena

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