BILLIONAIRE CHRISTIANS

This is a Christian nation, billionaire Christians like to say

We have the best holy book and Jesus taught us how to pray

But I’d like to know what billionaire Christians truly do believe,

Because they seem to have a different Bible from the one I like to read

Who knows if they have Christian faith, because faith is hard to see?

And heavenly faith needs earthly acts to ground it in reality

Their money could be used to rebuild Flint and feed our hungry kids,

But they hoard it off and in Geneva, wherever it can be hid

Even one of their own kind, Edmund Burke, said the rich should protect the land,

Yet they exploit it recklessly for profit and now it’s gotten out of hand

Those pesky Kochs are real smart alecks and they pay top dollar to get their way

Where are the billionaires hiding, those who want to save the earth and who are willing and eager to pay?

To change the script of billionaires hoarding money for self-gain, to sharing generously

We must create a new equation

So it’s time those stingy oligarchs stop saying they are good Christians

When they stiff the poor and needy and then use all their gold and silver just to buy up Caesar’s nation

~  DAVID NILE CHASE

PASADENA

ANIMALS MERIT COMPASSION

We are a nation of special observances. There is even a World Day for Farm Animals, observed on Oct. 2 (Gandhi’s birthday). Apparently it’s intended to memorialize the tens of billions of animals abused and killed for food.

Like most others, I always thought of farm animals as “food on the hoof.” But when a friend sent me an amazing, endearing Facebook video (www.facebook.com/LeoJuniorBulldogFrench/videos/1198548160234565/), it dawned on me that farm animals are much like our family dog, fully deserving of our compassion and respect.

My Internet search showed that they get neither. Male baby chicks are routinely suffocated in plastic garbage bags or ground up alive. Laying hens are crowded into small wire cages that tear out their feathers.

Breeding sows are kept pregnant in tiny metal crates. Dairy cows have their babies snatched away immediately upon birth, so we can drink their milk.

It was enough to drive someone to drink. Instead, it drove me to replace the animal products in my diet with a rich variety of plant-based meats and dairy items offered by my grocery store. I have since learned that a cruelty-free diet is also great for my health and for the health of our planet.

~ PHIL GARGALIS

PASADENA

BE DISCREET 

I am totally in favor of breastfeeding, both private and public. It has been proven that breast milk has all the nutrients a child needs and that cow’s milk and formula are not as beneficial.

However, I truly feel that breastfeeding in public should be done discreetly, i.e. mom’s boobs can be covered in such a way as not to draw the attention of adolescents, teens and adult male gawkers. We are not living in a country where this is acceptable to most and it is so easy to breastfeed without drawing attention to oneself.

I think a lot of these women are displaying their entire breast for shock value. I breastfed my two children in public without anyone reporting me. Be discreet, ladies!

~ CONNIE BRESCHER

VIA EMAIL

FACELESS CLOTHING 

We have seen the future of fashion, and it is vegan.

“Blade Runner 2049” costume designer Renée April used laminated painted cotton to make Ryan Gosling’s slick, knee-length shearling-look coat.

Luxury fashion brand Gucci is going fur-free starting with the spring/summer 2018 collection.

New York’s Museum of Modern Art is currently displaying a dress by designer Stella McCartney that is made entirely of vegan silk.

Today, more and more consumers are seeking clothing that is stylish, sustainable and ethically produced. And with so many innovative vegan options to choose from, including pineapple leaf leather, microfiber made from recycled plastic bottles, Ultrasuede, down-alternative technology and wool made from bamboo and hemp, designers don’t need to contribute to the horrific treatment of animals in order to be successful in the fashion world.

To find out how you can “wear vegan” today, visit PETA.org.

~ PAULA MOORE

THE PETA FOUNDATION

NORFOLK, VIRGINIA

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