A SELECTION FROM THE COMMENTS ONLINE:
Re: Jonathan Kauffman's "Slices of Life" (Jan. 23)
I've been a vegetarian for 17 years. You've written a great, informative, well-rounded article. Thank you.—Debbie
I live in Bulgaria and just spent a snowed-in winter holiday on the Danube. Yes, it included a pig kill and 10 days of feasting. Our pig was young, about 1/3 the size of Hector—personally I think they are tastier at this stage. The killing was done by a female chef in her own backyard, and the bacon was salted in the snow.
I have no problem with vegetarians—it's a personal moral choice. But middle-class American squeamishness is hypocritical. If you're going to eat it, 'buy local' and see the process from start to finish. It's a lot less freaky than you might imagine, as the author so clearly suggests. It tastes a lot better, too.—Burke Kirova
Meat's meat and a man's got to eat. I think y'all need to get out of Seattle more often! To be so disconnected from real life that you feel it necessary to dress up butchering a pig as a party is bizarre.—Dan Springhorn
"...and the unchained leg bicycled hard, pumping out the blood, clipping Claycamp in the ear hard enough to draw blood."
Really the only bright spot in the article.—Travis Hartnett
The killing scene reads like an account of a woman being gang raped, a black man being hanged by slave owners, or a gay man being brutalized by homophobes—all hateful and ugly but completely justified by perpetrators throughout history.—Diane Venberg
It's amazing—your ability to remain detached as you coolly observe another being bleed out its life, then put pieces of its corpse into your mouth. And it wasn't even necessary. You don't have to eat animals if you don't want to. I wonder what other brutalities you'll have no problem witnessing.—David Shirk
Re: Aimee Curl's "Won't You Ride the S.L.U.T.?" (The Cutting Room, Jan. 23)
Don't believe all you hear coming out of Portland's City Hall.
Streetcar ridership is half or less of what Portland officials will lead you to believe. Each time a person gets on the streetcar they are counted as (1) passenger. Example: Person A gets on and travels one block and exits, this equals one Passenger Trip. They get back on and travel another block to the next Starbucks. Person A is now counted as a second Passenger Trip. As you can see, distinct ridership numbers are nonexistent.—Carol Why wait to calm down and get your facts straight? Our Web site's new functionality lets you comment on all SW stories immediately! You can also still send letters to firstname.lastname@example.org.