Letters: Snake Milker, Tiger Woods Ad
ROBERT SIEGEL, Host:
It's time now for your letters. Last Friday, we aired a piece about Ken Darnell, a snake milker. He collects snakes' venom to be used for research and for anti-venom, and we referred to snakes both as venomous and poisonous.
H C: My 4H Club students in the elementary schools where I give lessons on insects and arachnids would never forgive me if I did not point out that snakes and other animals that bite and inject a toxin, are venomous, not poisonous. A poison is generally something that is ingested, inhaled or absorbed through the skin. Poisonous plants, poisonous liquids and poisonous gases are examples. I write you in good fun.
SIEGEL: I was bitten by a venomous snake in 2004. It took six units of anti-venom to stop the poison - or I guess we should say the venom - from continuing to be active in my body. It is now six years later, and I still have some issues with the leg, but thanks to people like Ken Darnell, there was medicine to save my leg.
SIEGEL: We received many comments about Brian Unger's commentary that criticized the new Nike ad featuring Tiger Woods. The image is simple enough: the golf star staring into the camera. The audio is the voice of his deceased father. Unger offered these thoughts to the golfer and his sponsor:
BRIAN UNGER: At the very least, Nike, sell me shoes, not a comeback. Here's a one-man focus group, Nike, free of charge: Shoes make me run faster. Tiger Woods makes me run away from Nike.
: Dueling listeners in Tennessee reflected much of what we found in our mailbox. Mark Barr(ph) from Murfreesboro writes: I am so tired of Tiger Woods, and you just add to the annoyance by running that useless commentary by Brian Unger. What a waste of my time.
SIEGEL: I loved it, appreciate it, and I agree.
SIEGEL: We had quite a few letters about yesterday's interview with Kathleen Weil, the minister of justice for Quebec, about a bill introduced there that would bar women from wearing a niqab while they're giving or receiving public services. A niqab is a veil that leaves only the eyes visible.
DJ D: I would have preferred that Ms. Norris present two opposing points of view, the minister's and another's, rather than Ms. Norris herself representing the other side.
: Brian Pew(ph) from Bronxville, New York, wrote with this comment, following yesterday's coverage of the Pulitzer Prizes: ALL THINGS CONSIDERED didn't comment on the poetry winner. And he asks: Why, why, why? Does ALL THINGS CONSIDERED have something against poetry?
SIEGEL: If you want to offer us your poetry or prose, come to npr.org, and click on contact us at the bottom of the page.
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