End Patterson trial stories
It’s about time The Monitor drops its daily write ups on this dog-and-pony show, the capital murder trail of Monica Melissa Patterson. I wholeheartedly believe she will be found innocent; she is family to the blue blood of Hidalgo County. Stop wasting all our money on this dog and pony show. She will walk, then run for some hand me down county job.
John Veracruz, Donna
Fear slaughterhouses instead
I have no fear of goblins, witches, or evil clowns lurking on Halloween. What really scares me is the meat industry.
This is the industry that deprives, mutilates, cages, then butchers billions of cows, pigs, turkeys, chickens — animals who feel joy, affection, sadness and pain, as we do. It’s an industry that exposes undocumented workers to chronic workplace injuries at slave wages, and exploits farmers and ranchers by dictating market prices.
This industry contributes more to our epidemic of diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer than any other, then bullies health authorities to remove warnings from dietary guidelines.
This industry sanctions world hunger by feeding nutritious corn and soybeans to animals, instead of people.
This industry generates more water pollution than all other human activities. It spews more greenhouse gases than all transportation put together. It destroys more wildlife habitats than all other industries.
These things keep me up at night.
Fortunately, my local supermarket offers a rich selection of plant-based meats, milks, cheeses and ice creams, as well as a colorful display of fresh fruit and veggies. It gives me hope and courage for my future. But I still fear for my friends and neighbors.
Bill Motter, McAllen
Protect pets on Halloween
This Halloween, pet owners partaking in frightening family fun should remember to keep all their little ghouls and goblins safe — including the four-legged ones.
Tricks for treats? Only if those treats are safe for pets, since many Halloween candies can be toxic to animals. Chocolate and sugar-free candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can be particularly dangerous if ingested, so keep your pet from sniffing around the candy bowl.
With trick-or-treaters roaming the streets, pets can become disoriented and scared. Be sure to provide a safe, quiet space they can retreat to if needed, and watch the door for escape artists: Many pets will try to disappear outside if given the chance.
Keeping your pet safe this Halloween doesn’t have to be tricky. With a few simple precautions, the entire family can safely enjoy the holiday’s spooky scares.
Dr. Kwane Stewart, chief veterinary officer, the American Humane Society