While we debate the composition of our nation’s Supreme Court, there can be no debate about the supreme suffering taking place in our nation’s factory farms.

Recent undercover investigations show male baby chicks suffocated in plastic garbage bags or ground alive because they can’t lay eggs. Laying hens are packed into small wire cages that tear out their feathers. Breeding sows spend their entire lives pregnant in metal cages. Dairy cows are artificially impregnated each year, and their babies are snatched from them at birth, so we can drink their milk.

I found more details at https://dayforanimals.org — World Farmed Animals Day, launched in 1983 to memorialize the tens of billions of animals tormented and killed for food. I learned that raising animals for food is also hurting our health and the health of our planet.

Each of us has to choose whether to subsidize these atrocities with our food dollars. My choice has been to replace animal products in my diet with the healthful, cruelty-free plant-based meats and dairy products, as well as the rich selection of fruits and vegetables offered by my supermarket. A quick internet search provided lots of recipes and sound advice.

Amir Zadeh


Why is Cleveland

still the Indians?

Hello, Cleveland! Why is your city’s Major League Baseball franchise still called “The Indians?” It’s 2020, you know — time to let the 1950s go.

Just like the Cleveland Indians franchise gave up their unbelievably offensive team logo “Chief Wahoo” (also known as Red Sambo) during 2018, after persistent public pressure, Cleveland will be shamed into finally ridding itself of its racist team name “The Indians” after the current baseball season ends.

In 1996, the Cleveland Browns National Football League franchise changed its name to “The Ravens” after relocating to Baltimore. So what’s Cleveland’s argument for keeping the inexcusable team nickname “The Indians?”

Considering Cleveland’s long history of losing, any one of these 10 alternative team names below would be a much more appropriate moniker for Cleveland’s baseball team: Cleveland Indefensibles, Cleveland Incompetents, Cleveland Irrelevants, Cleveland Incontinents, Cleveland Indignants, Cleveland Irredeemables, Cleveland Indigents, Cleveland Indolents, Cleveland Indigo Girls and Cleveland Idiots.

Jake Pickering

Arcata, Calif.

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