As someone who has spent a lifetime promoting kindness to animals and humane education, I've always found Chick-fil-A's ad campaign - cows wearing signs that say "Eat Mor Chikin'" - to be an egregious trivialization of the immense suffering that billions of factory-farmed animals go through. It's just another example of Chick-fil-A's clueless insensitivity.
Jim Harris, Philadelphia, email@example.com
Must all sports at PSU end?
Is college athletics a bad thing because of Jerry Sandusky's crimes ("Penn State sports machine churns on," Sunday)? Should Penn State stop taking donations and just shut down 29 men's and women's teams, dozens of club sports, and the vast intramural sports program that touches thousands of students?
The national flogging that Penn State is receiving doesn't harm a hair on Sandusky's head. However, it is punishing young people who didn't abuse anybody, from the football players transferring to colleges where they are unlikely to ever earn a degree, to countless kids now in high school who will never have the chance to compete in college if Penn State's "sports machine" is destroyed as the NCAA clearly intends.
How does this help the victims exactly?
Tom Boyer, Philadelphia
Beware voter-ID scaremongering
Linda Kerns argues that "Opponents claim that voter fraud does not exist," and that "certain groups and individuals have gone on an all-out scaremongering rampage" to overturn Pennsylvania's voter-ID law ("Voter-ID law ensures no fraud," Sunday).
Contrary to Kerns' assertion, we believe that voter fraud exists, but it is far less widespread than Kerns and her ilk have claimed, and a picture ID will do nothing to alleviate the type of fraud that exists in Pennsylvania. Not only has the Corbett administration admitted as much in Commonwealth Court, but Kerns proves this second point with the one concrete piece of evidence she offers - a woman who voted twice in two different voting divisions in a single election, leaving the reader to wonder how a picture ID would address this problem. Surely if she were registered in both districts, the same picture would suffice in both polling places.
Perhaps Kerns should examine her own scaremongering rampages regarding voter fraud before she makes such an accusation of others.
Coleman Poses, Philadelphia
OK to root for Team USA
Thanks, Stephen M. Walt, for coming down from your lofty, leftist Harvard perch and giving cover to us knuckle-dragging proletariats by suggesting that maybe it's OK for Americans to support American athletes in the Olympics just because they're Americans ("Nationalism: An Olympic force," Friday).
Ed Lawrence, Kimberton
The risk of Clinton's return
Bill Clinton speaking at the Democratic convention risks reminding the electorate that Barack Obama is no Bill Clinton ("Look who's a player again," Sunday).
Tom Messmer, Blue Bell