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Who are they fooling?

With April Fools’ Day just around the corner, it appears that the meat, egg, and dairy industries have been playing us for fools all year-round.

Their more remarkable hoaxes include “California’s happy cows,”

“Free-range chickens,” “Humane slaughter.” All lies.

Less fun is the stuff they never talk about. Like the hundreds of millions of chickens crammed seven into a cage designed for one, unable to move or spread their wings. Or their hundreds of millions of male counterparts ground up live at birth and fed to other chickens, or just dumped into plastic garbage bags to suffocate slowly. Or the miserable breeding sows producing millions of piglet per year while trapped in tiny steel cages. All in the spirit of year-round April Fools’ Day, the meat industry has even developed a whole dictionary of fun terms to fool unwary consumers. Those filthy cesspools of animal waste that poison downwind neighbors with putrid odors? They call them “lagoons.” And to make sure that kids don’t confuse the pig flesh on their plate with “Babe” or “Wilbur,” they call it “pork.”

Ah, those meat industry folks are such kidders. But they won’t be fooling American consumers much longer. Anyway, happy April Fools’ Day, everyone!

Samuel Alexander

South Lake Tahoe

Senate and sedition

Webster’s states, “sedition” is “conduct or language that incites others to rebel against the authority of a state.” So what did U.S. Senators do or intend to achieve, when they signed a letter sent to Iran about the trustfulness of our President? Their conduct raises questions about their judgment, if not their sanity.

Clearly their conduct puts a black-eye on the honor of the Senate as a governing body. They have fallen from the standard of conduct as stated by Vice President Aaron Burr in his farewell address to the Senate. Burr said, “This house is a sanctuary, a citadel of law, of order, and of liberty and it is here in this exalted refuse; here, if anywhere, will resistance be made to the storm of political frenzy and the silent arts of corruption; and if the constitution be destined ever to perish by the sacrilegious hands of the demagogue or the usurper, its expiring agonies will be witnessed on this floor.”

It appears that political frenzy and corruption are in charge of the U.S. Senate, not reason, not order. The citadel is in peril. Sedition is “conduct or language that incites …” So what can one think?

Bill Crawford

South Lake Tahoe