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King would fight

for animal rights

The 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington was observed with marches, speeches and speculation on what causes Dr. King would embrace today.

He certainly would continue to work for racial equality. But he also would likely advocate for a rapid withdrawal from Afghanistan, workers’ rights, gay rights and animal rights.

Yes, animal rights. Although he is best known for advocacy of racial equality, Dr. King opposed all violence, like the Vietnam War. And there is no greater violence than that perpetrated each day against billions of cows, pigs and other sentient animals in America’s factory farms and slaughterhouses.

The day before his assassination in 1968, Dr. King arrived in Memphis to champion the most oppressed human beings in America at the time: African-American sanitation workers. Today, it would also be about the most oppressed living beings in America: animals raised for food, experiments and entertainment.

Although Dr. King never lived long enough to extend his circle of compassion, justice and nonviolence to non-human animals, his wife Coretta Scott King and his son Dexter Scott King did by embracing the vegan lifestyle. A great way for us to honor the King legacy is to follow their lead.

Trenton Lloyd


Visit can’t erase

Obama’s failures

The “Obie and Joey Show,” complete with parked presidential aircraft at the airport, lacked only one asset: Michelle’s 747, also parked there, as she and family lost a golden opportunity to vacation in the Poconos.

It seemed that the show’s intent was not to remind us about jobs and education; rather, it reminded that the heart of the valley was again being tugged at as the only place left in the country to lend approval to an administration’s decades-long inability to sell such bills of goods to its people. How can they fool us today?

Of course, honor was sought by the usual politicians in good standing, despite the fact the short show in total amounted to about the newest thing since sneakers.

The parking of aircraft lasts a day; the failures of an administration to conduct the people’s business honestly do not persuade.

Edziu Antek Silvent

West Wyoming

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