Thursday November 15, 2012

Romney would make a good compromise choice

Perhaps others have made the following suggestion, but I have not heard it. The suggestion is that, since Tim Geithner has announced that he will be leaving the post of Secretary of the Treasury, President Obama should offer the position to Mitt Romney and encourage him to accept it.

Rationale: (1) We desperately need healing. (2) The financial problems we face, both immediate and long-term, cannot be solved without high-level cooperation between elements of both parties. (3) Romney has the financial experience and connections needed to be effective as the Secretary. (4) He owes absolutely nothing to the Tea Party, Grover Norquist or any extremist group currently savaging him. (4) Romney has nothing to lose and much to gain by accepting such an offer at this time. (5) There is good reason to believe that the more centrist stance he has taken in the past, and was moving to at the end, is much closer to being the real Romney than the candidate in the Republican primaries. And (6) It would be consistent with the intentions both men expressed as the long election day night drew to a close, and would show that they really meant them.

DAVID A. DURFEE

Bennington

You can end the slaughter: Choose vegan

If you were touched by news reports about Bill and Lou the oxen who labored for Green Mountain College’s agricultural program for 10 years and were to be slaughtered and served in the school’s cafeteria, please remember that you can save other unique individuals every time you eat, just by choosing vegan meals.

While Lou was recently euthanized because of a hock injury, Bill’s fate is still unclear. The college may still decide to send him to a slaughterhouse, where he will have a bolt shot into his forehead, be strung upside down, and be bled to death, just so students and faculty members can eat his flesh.

His death will be no less terrifying and painful than the deaths of billions of other animals who are killed for human consumption every year. Many of these sentient animals are dismembered while they’re still conscious. Others are scalded alive. Just because people like the taste of their flesh.

In honor of Bill and Lou, and all the other charismatic animals like them, please visit www.PETA.org and pledge to go vegan for at least 30 days.

HEATHER MOORE

PETA Foundation

Norfolk, Va.