Wallet found, life returned

Did you attend the Allan Hancock College football game on Saturday, Nov. 11, and find a wallet?

If you are that person, please accept my profound thanks for turning in my wallet. I had no idea I had lost it until I heard my name over the PA system.

My life is in that wallet, and I want you to know I sincerely appreciate you as an honest and decent person to have done this kind deed.

Ida Clark

Santa Maria

Gas taxes’ poor math

It is interesting to note that already the gasoline tax is equal to 66 cents per gallon, but now, without voter approval, a further 10-cent tax is levied on each gallon sold.

However, oil companies have trouble with their math, as gasoline at $3.09 per gallon is now $3.35, or is it greed?

David W.K. Godrich

Santa Maria

Give turkeys a big break

President Trump is getting his pardon pen ready, as the special counsel’s investigation starts indicting his associates. He plans to practice on two very innocent Minnesota turkeys.

The other 244 million turkeys killed in the U.S. this year have not been so lucky. They were raised in crowded sheds filled with toxic fumes. Their beaks and toes were clipped to prevent stress-induced aggression. At 16 weeks of age, slaughterhouse workers cut their throats and dump them in boiling water to remove their feathers.

Consumers pay a heavy price, too. Turkey flesh is laced with cholesterol and saturated fats that elevate risk of chronic, killer diseases. Intense, prolonged cooking is required to destroy deadly pathogens lurking inside.

Now, for the good news — per-capita consumption of turkeys is down by a whopping 34 percent from a 1996 high of 303 million, as a third of our population is actively reducing meat consumption. Our supermarkets carry a rich variety of convenient, delicious, healthful, plant-based meat products, including several oven-ready roasts.

This Thanksgiving holiday, as we give thanks for life and good fortune, let's also skip the gratuitous violence and grant our own pardon to an innocent animal.

Sedrick Mackenzie

Santa Maria 

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