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Can Charlie Trotter make a good corned beef on rye?

Charlie Trotter

Charlie Trotter

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Updated: October 3, 2012 6:10AM

Does Charlie Trotter deserve all this hoopla because he’s leaving?

Did all his culinary talents pass the extreme test?

Which is:

Could the man make a good corned beef on rye?

Charlie Yates, Edgewater

Killing animals doesn’t make you manly

I believe that Logan Cummins’ quest to become a “manly man” is way off track [“Suburbanite’s quest to be a manly man,” Aug. 30]. A manly man never has to prove to anyone that he’s a manly man. Hunting defenseless animals definitely does not make a man manly. I think it would be more manly to preserve life than to snuff it out. I could think of many, many things that would complete Mr. Cummins’ “mansformation.”

How about opening doors for women, mentoring a child, volunteering at an animal shelter, feeding the homeless, donating to the poor, training for a marathon, becoming a coach, joining a team . . .

Killing an animal that raises its young, with a deadbeat dad from Alaska, is definitely not manly.

Rob Dybas, Palos Hills

Reusing plastic bags beats recycling

In response to the Aug. 28 editorial, “Let’s not sack the recycling of plastic bags,” I thought Gov. Quinn made the right move vetoing the Plastic Bag and Film Recycling Act, requiring plastic bag manufacturers to set up recycling programs to increase the percentage of plastic bag and film being recycled. But I disagree with his motive.

The problem with the legislation was not that it doesn’t promote plastic bag recycling enough, but that it’s promoted at all. A recent study by the UK Environmental Agency found it’s actually better for the environment if plastic bags are reused or repurposed rather than recycled. A survey conducted by the American Chemistry Council found 92 percent of American consumers already reused their plastic bags.

Government has no reason to interfere with how free people and businesses use plastic bags, and legislation to promote plastic bag recycling will burden businesses and consumers and have little if any appreciable effect on the environment.

Taylor Smith, policy analyst,

Heartland Institute

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