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June 17, 2014

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Kasem lent voice to help animals

PETA joins in mourning the passing of American Top 40 host Casey Kasem, who used his distinctive voice to support many social, political and humanitarian causes, including animal protection.

A longtime vegetarian, Kasem served for years as the co-chair of the Great American Meatout and once refused, on principle, to lend his voice as “Shaggy” to a Scooby Doo–themed Burger King commercial. “Whenever I do interviews on radio and television, I speak out on the importance of becoming a vegetarian — for nutritional, ethical, and ecological reasons,” he once said.

Kasem knew how tough show business could be, which is why he thought animals should be left out of it. He once flew, at his own expense, to Las Vegas for a news conference in support of PETA’s First Amendment right to expose the vicious backstage beatings that entertainer Bobby Berosini administered nightly to the orangutans in his casino act. It took two decades of legal battles, but PETA prevailed and all the orangutans were ultimately sent to a sanctuary.

Kasem took his own advice by always “reaching for the stars” — and he reached a lot of people in the process.

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, president

People for the Ethical

Treatment of Animals

Washington, D.C.

What are we  paying for?

I worked for over 50 years, full and part time, to pay for stuff we could not live without, or at least that seemed to be the goal. The only bonus I ever got was a paycheck for time toiled. Job security was pleasing my boss and taking care of the work assigned.

When retired from full-time work in 1987, they offered a set amount for years worked. The retirement check has remained the same for 27 years. If I wanted a bigger check each month, I could have worked more years. Thank God I was luckier than others. Some poor souls have lost their pensions or have had them greatly reduced.

Now let us discuss what burns me. The following is what you and I are paying for. You know, us, the stupid, dumb taxpayers that shell out our hard-earned dollars so that government workers can have yearly raises, bonuses, cost-of-living increases on their pensions and a job they are unable to be fired from no matter what lousy work performance they do.

I personally know a fed retiree that has a pension check that is larger than their base salary was when they retired. To give them some credit, the government employees seem to be working tirelessly, day and night, to calculate ways to increase our taxes, run our country deeper in debt and restrict our constitutional rights in pursuit of happiness.

Last and not least, for the last six years, they’ve tried to remove God from our country’s foundation to be replaced by a fanatical religion whose goal is to rain down death and destruction on all nonbelievers.

— Sam Wallace

Casey, Ill.

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