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;Shoot first

;We may never know what truly happened that night ["Unhappy New Year's," March 15]. Before we can come to any conclusion we need to know what caused these two men to take their gun out in the first place. Did they feel threatened? Were they just looking for trouble? Why weren't they allowed to drive through on a public road? Did they just drive up with their guns and start shooting or were they being harassed and they were defending themselves?


;;Anonymous, via

;;March of crimes

;This month the March of Dimes Walk America events will take place in Central Florida. Thousands of naive people will give their time and money and may not realize where or to whom their donations are going to. Most people are unaware of the cruel and unnecessary animal experiments that the March of Dimes funds each year. March of Dimes vivisectors have sewn kittens' eyes shut, implanted wires into pregnant monkeys' uteruses, and administered cocaine, nicotine and alcohol to pregnant rats, while birth defects continues to be on the rise.


;In 2007 and with today's technology there are so many alternatives to animal testing. There are also many organizations that do the same work that the March of Dimes does for children that do not torture animals. When donating, you should know your money is going to help people, not fund Frankenstein science.


;Carla Wilson, Winter Springs

;;It's all meat's fault

;The past three months have brought us a stream of bad news about rising rates of obesity, cancer and global warming — all linked conclusively to the production and consumption of meat and other animal products.

;;This week brings good news about the advent of spring, flowers and the Great American Meatout ( Fashioned after the Great American Smokeout, Meatout provides a superb excuse to turn over a new leaf, kick the meat habit, and get a fresh start with a nonviolent diet of vegetables, fruits, grains and legumes.


;It's a diet touted by all major health advocacy organization and leading health authorities; a diet that means never ;having to say "I'm sorry" to our family's health record, our planet or the animals suffering in factory farms and slaughterhouses; a diet reportedly practiced in the Garden of Eden.


;Ollie Beardsmore, Orlando


;Sounds like a party


Billy Manes: In the words of William Baldwin as Ivan in The Squid and the Whale: "What's up, brother?"


;;You mentioned The Squid and the Whale in Blister [March 1]. I didn't rent the movie to watch for Valentine's Day. I always watch My Bloody Valentine for Valentine's Day. I get a little depressed when I watch My Bloody Valentine when I think about what happened to the screenwriter; he died of AIDS. But I get more depressed when I think about how most of the blood in the movie was cut.


;;I didn't go around smearing my pre-teen semen on lockers like the kid in The Squid and the Whale in school, and I didn't claim I wrote a Pink Floyd song like that other kid in the movie.

;;Wes Pierce, Orlando

;;Department of Corrections

;In the March 15 Culture to Go, there was a photo from the Crealdé School of Art's Southeastern Photography Invitational that was misidentified. The portrait, "Sam London, owner of Sam's Place, Humboldt, Tennessee," was taken by David Wharton of the University of Mississippi.


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