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Mail November 21-26, 2007

Skip The Turkey. Here's Why

10. You will pardon a turkey—just like President Bush, but for the right reasons.

9. You'll celebrate life and good fortune, rather than death and misfortune.

8. You won't suffer nightmares about how the turkey lived and died.

7. You won't have to call the Poultry Hotline to keep your family alive.

6. You won't have to sweat the saturated fat and cholesterol.

5. Your vegetarian friends will adore you.

4. Your kids will tell their friends about their cool "tofurky."

3. You won't fall asleep during the football game.

2. You are what you eat. Who wants to be a "butterball"?

1. Commercial turkeys are too fat to have sex. Could happen to you.

This Thanksgiving, let's give thanks for our good fortune, health and happiness with a life-affirming, cruelty-free feast of vegetables, fruits and grains. My family's Thanksgiving dinner menu will include a "tofurky," lentil roast, mashed potatoes, corn stuffing, stuffed squash, chestnut soup, candied yams, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and perhaps even carrot cake. An Internet search on vegetarian Thanksgiving got us more recipes and other useful information than we could use.

—Bradley Genna, Boise

Cope Makes Me Sick

After the nauseating morning relief session spent deciphering Bill Cope's insult-riddled column (BW, Cope, "Green With Gore," Nov. 7, 2007), a subtle contempt set against the pretentious pundit's worship of the climate change cult's priest, Al Gore. Perhaps it's time for Mr. Cope to consider at least some of the ever-growing facts that reside outside the narrow realm of his propagandist activism. An Inconvenient Truth was a guilt trip against the entire human race. Presently, Inconvenient is being exposed as the heap of misleading pollution that it is.

In October, the United Kingdom's High Court ruled the film must be accompanied by a warning statement when shown in public schools, as the film is not a definite, conclusive answer to the debated topic. Judgment on the ruling was based primarily on nine scientific errors found within the film. The most notable was the assertion that climate change was anthropogenic via unprecedented, irresponsible amounts of carbon dioxide ... not a natural phenomenon.

A growing number of climate scientists outside the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Control publicly refute Gore's claim of humanity's carbon footprint as the main cause in the coming enviro-apocalypse. Among some of the professional objectors: Professor Tom Segalstad of the University of Oslo, Dr. Vincent Gray (a member of the UN IPCC Expert Reviewers Panel since its inception), and the founder of the Weather Channel, John Coleman. He referred to global warming as "the greatest scam in history." Apparently Sali and Imhoff are not the only people who consider this issue a hoax. In fact, there is no consensus on the matter whatsoever.

Please take a look at some of the conflicting facts that exist outside of Gore's over-hyped "accomplishments," Bill. That is, if you are capable of ceasing the O' Reilly-esque name-calling long enough to do so.

—Austin Tromberg, Boise

Thanks For The Art

We wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed this year's Cover Art Auction. It was delightful and we love the art we came home with. How we made it home at all, is another story ...

I found it interesting that you brought out the firewater right as I cast my first bid. Was that planned? Did you tip off the hottie auctioneer to kick in the Patron at that moment? That was strategic. You might as well have brought a treaty out for me to sign by evening's end.

Heck, maybe next year, we could auction off my house for a few strands of beads? You could throw in a collage or pencil drawing.

Wow, since the Cover Art Auction is so close to Thanksgiving, perhaps next year, We could bring the snacks. In all seriousness, we love what you do. Thanks for giving so much to the community.

—Heather Rae, Boise

Ron Ain't Quirky

Quirky? There's nothing quirky about defending freedom and the Constitution (BW, Feature, "Ron Paul's Revolutionaries, Nov. 14, 2007). Long shot? Maybe in March or April. Right now, Ron Paul has more volunteers than all of the other candidates combined, and is on track to raise the most money of any Republican candidate in the fourth quarter. He has won more grass-roots Republican straw polls than any other candidate. He drew 5,000 to hear him in Philadelphia last weekend. Sounds more like one of the favorites to me. The New York Times has written a few articles about him, actually, including a lengthy profile back in July.

—drd6000, online

Watch Your Words

Overall, the article was pretty good (BW, Feature, "Ron Paul's Revolutionaries, Nov. 14, 2007). But, I sure don't know why you want to refer to Paul's supporters as shilling for him. The word shilling means: an accomplice of a hawker, gambler, or swindler who acts as an enthusiastic customer to entice or encourage others. Ron Paul is hardly a hawker, gambler or swindler. When journalists use words like these to describe honest individuals, it just shows they desire to affect the way people think instead of just reporting the news.

—libertyinmo, online

Those Words Again

It's nice to see coverage of some local grass-roots campaigning, although some of the wording in the article (BW, Feature, "Ron Paul's Revolutionaries, Nov. 14, 2007) is very manipulative. The subtitle reads "A presidential candidate for lost Republicans takes hold in Idaho," yet from what they are quoted as saying, I doubt that the Paul supporters considered themselves "lost Republicans." They appeared to be looking for someone more trustworthy than Bush—aren't we all? I do applaud the author for doing the interview, however.

—phil, online