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Should the Dodger Dog go vegetarian?

To the editor: I like the Dodgers as much as the next guy or gal. I cherish my 1960s Sandy Koufax button. ("For the nostalgic, the Dodger Dog is a home run," Oct. 6)

The Dodger Dog evokes nostalgia and fond memories for many. It has become a part of the culture and is backed by the institution, and even becomes the identity for some. Joe Fabrocini, the owner of Fab Hot Dogs and a local hot dog specialist, is quoted in your article as saying: "It's OK. It's for the masses. It is what it is."

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I beg to differ. It's not OK.

What is a Dodger Dog, really? It was once part of a once-sentient animal that was ruthlessly and needlessly raised and slaughtered. It is animal agriculture, which has a devastating impact on the environment. It is bad, bad, bad for our health.

Let's keep it but make it a veggie dog with all the trimmings. Then we can add compassion to the Dodger legacy.

Patricia Todd, San Gabriel

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To the editor: Vin Scully vouches that Dodger Dogs are "as good as I've ever tasted" while acknowledging he can't remember the last time he ate one.

Since only a heretic would criticize Scully, let's compliment both his dietary choices and promotional talent.

Konrad Moore, Bakersfield

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To the editor: During the off season, how about setting up tables with umbrellas just outside the top deck gates at Dodger Stadium? Sell Dodger Dogs to workers from downtown L.A. We can eat and look out over the whole city.

Paula Parr, Santa Clarita

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