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TERRE HAUTE — Curiosity over Sterling scandal

A pervasive, pungent stench abounds in the air over this Donald Sterling affair. It was his girlfriend who apparently dimed him out with a recording of his anti-minority racial remarks. The salient question is — why?

I find the timing of girlfriend going to the media with this recording relative to this whole affair quite suspicious given the NBA playoffs are well under way. As it is said in marketing circles, publicity, whether good or bad, is a valuable commodity.  

Moreover, since the girlfriend is 20-something, and Sterling is 80 years old with a net worth of $1.9 billion, obviously their relationship has been couched in, and based upon money, luxury, her expensive “digs,” jewelry, cars, clothes, and leisurely lifestyle.

Given this, why would the girlfriend dime Sterling out by shooting herself  in the foot by such a public disclosure, when in essence she’s killing the goose which has given her the golden egg? Fascinating.

Something’s up whereby the media is not devoting much attention to this ratting-out issue. Whether someone has something on the girlfriend to compel her to release this recording as a means to embarrass her man, or if it’s a setup to get the man to sell the Clippers and to get him out of the NBA once and for all, the fact-based answer at this point-in-time remains an elusive unknown.

— Earl Beal

Terre Haute

Bundy himself on public dole

It’s perversely ironic for rancher Cliven Bundy to excoriate poor people for collecting government subsidies, while ripping off the federal government of a million dollars in grazing fees. But, even if he were to pay up, Bundy and his fellow ranchers, would still be living on government welfare.

Livestock grazing is subsidized by federal agencies on 270 million acres of public land in 11 western states to the tune of nearly $300 million annually. Monthly grazing fees per cow and calf on private rangeland average $11.90, but corresponding fees on federal lands are set at a paltry $1.35.

Even so, grazing subsidies are dwarfed by other government subsidies and the medical, environmental, and other external costs imposed on society by animal agriculture. These extra costs have been estimated at $414 billion annually, or $3,600 per household.

Each of us can make our $3,600 annual contribution to the common good by replacing animal products in our diet with the rich variety of grain, nut, and soy-based meat and dairy alternatives in our neighborhood supermarket.

— Tommy Caton

Terre Haute

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