A big thumbs up on your recent article in the Phoenix! (See "Eating, My Words," by Deirdre Fulton, December 28, 2007.) I was on the bus from Bangor to New York City last week, and during the brief stopover in Portland picked up the paper. Your write-up on eating less meat in the new year was very refreshing to see.

My wife and I made that same new year's resolution back in late 1993 and haven’t eaten meat since. Knowing that we are using far less resources, contributing far less to global climate change, have removed ourselves from the road to heart disease and cancer, and are each sparing the lives of at least 90 animals per year, every year, is a fantastic feeling! We feel better than ever.

You are choosing an incredibly compassionate and beneficial direction. If you have any questions or concerns regarding choosing veg more often please don’t hesitate to drop me a line. In the meantime feel free to check out our Web page:www.myspace.com/BangorVegetarianNetwork.

It is a regional/community resource site that we’ve been working on since early August, trying to do our part to make it as easy as possible for folks to choose veg. Maybe you can get some food ideas from there.

Tom Winton
Bangor

SPEAKING LOUD
I saw the article yesterday (see “After a Lull, Portland’s Spoken-Word Scene is Getting Loud,” by Deirdre Fulton, December 28, 2007).

I hope it receives as much attention as the effort invested. I recall attempting to deluge you with as much information as possible, plus Nate Amadon contributed as well. I thought the article was insightful and balanced the enthusiasm of Port Veritas and its mission with interesting back stories, history and quotes from the audience.

Well done! And thank you. There is a lot of soul expressed in the swells and harbors of Port Veritas. It’s a wonderful moment when a window is opened to all that light. Sean was especially moved when he read the article.

If there is anything I can do to support your efforts, please feel free and welcome to ask.

Gil Helmick
Bailey Island

SPEAKING LOUDER
I’d like to add to Gil's thank you. Over the past several years the Phoenix has offered its support to our group. We greatly appreciate it. I enjoyed getting the chance to talk to Deirdre Fulton. I hope that her work will help bring people out. In fact I know it has. While I was outside last night I overheard someone talking on their phone. They told their friend that they had read about our venue in your article and wanted to come check it out. It put a smile on my face and I immediately thought of you. Thanks for your help.

Nathan Amadon
Portland

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