Gloria Ferris

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Speak Out: Orca Whales Are More Than Entertainment

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Friend Kathleen Nemeth on the West Coast toggled my awareness of Macy’s plan to feature a float featuring Shamu the Orca Whale  that will promote SeaWorld.  It started me thinking of what the Macy’s Parade means to me and how it became a ritual for my daughters to watch growing up while I fixed Thanksgiving Dinner.  They would call to me so that I could share their glee at seeing their favorite characters travel down Fifth Avenue.

One year, my cousin Kathy had the pleasure to hold one of the tethers for one of the larger than life balloons. Later, she told us that it was very hard to do and would be a “once-in-a-lifetime’ event for her because it was much more enjoyable to watch the parade from the sidelines.

Personally, I decided that this “new float” sets a bad example for children. To take whales out of what is real” and placing the mammal into a fantasy realm does a disservice to all of us.   

My email to Macy’s:

Why would Macy’s tarnish the image of the popular Macy’s Thanksgiving parade by portraying an Orca Whale as a cartoon character to promote Sea World? Children associate the large balloon floats with their favorite "animated" characters and fantasy. A whale is a living, breathing mammal. The more we learn about mammals we find that they grieve, suffer, experience joy, compassion and many other traits that humans felt made them a unique species. We now know that is not so. Therefore, I for one will not be turning on the Macy’s Day parade or purchasing items from your corporation.

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October 16th, 2013 at 10:58 am

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The Arrogance of Power is appalling.

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Let it be known that these House Reps holding our country hostage are NOT I repeat NOT in any way shape or form the least bit like the revolutionaries that formed our country. Those men and women faced bankruptcy, ruin, homes destroyed by fire, loss of life and oh so much more.  These yahoos continue to draw salary and reap benefits from special interest lobbyists for global corporations which have no loyalty to country only to shareholders.  

I am appalled! For this man to compare himself and this Congress to the American Patriots of the American Revolution is the epitome of ego gone wild.

Virginia Representative Morgan Griffith and others of his ilk should be voted out of office as soon as possible.

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October 12th, 2013 at 5:14 pm