The power to change
One of my friends was traumatized when she saw a truckload of pigs, piled on top of one another, going off to slaughter a few days ago.
We meat (and egg/milk/cheese, etc.) eaters need to hold ourselves accountable for making what was once called “animal hubandry” such a heinous corporate practice. If you BUY the product, then you SUPPORT the practices used to produce it, plain and simple. There are plenty of locally owned businesses that sell “happy meat,” as my family calls it. You can buy 1 lb. or you can buy half a cow.
Not only do we need to treat our fellow earthlings with humanity, we need to support local businesses instead of (or at least as well as) Amazon and Harris Teeter. Trump isn’t going to change America. Hillary certainly wouldn’t have changed it either. The only thing that is going to change America is for Americans to change.
Note: Rooney, a former columnist for The Durham News, can be reached via her website at www.melissarooneywriting.com
Go quietly, Pat
As Democrats across the country are being urged to accept the reality of a Trump presidency, Gov. Pat McCrory must also accept the reality that he lost the governor's race to Roy Cooper.
Rather than put our state through further unscrupulous, behind the scenes, dirty dealing of his administration, just accept the will of the people and "go gently into that good night."
Hasn't he done enough to this state already? The people have spoken.
Time for us to heal
I tremble for the future of my polarized country. The election is over, but the fear, the fear-mongering, the rancor and the mistrust that have dominated this too-long election season will linger. We need to take a long, hard look at the kind of society we want to live in.
Do we want to stereotype people we don’t know, or do we want to recognize the inherent worth and dignity of each human being? Do we want to shout at and insult each other, or do we want to listen with compassion so that we begin to understand each other? Do we want to promote an all-or-nothing attitude that excludes people who disagree with us from the conversation, or do we want to create a community that values the arts of compromise, dialogue and diplomacy as essential to peaceful coexistence? In each case, I prefer the latter alternative.
I yearn for leaders who can help us to heal and to create a diverse, cohesive, civil community. Yet, in my heart I know that the work of creating such a society falls to us.
Let us begin this work together.
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