Letters to the editor for May 13
In response to your article on puppy mill rumors (May 9), I’m just sorry that I wasn’t one of the 900 included in showing concern over this new pet store. No code-of-ethics breeder whom I know will sell to a broker or pet store. This has been an ongoing problem for years, and fortunately most reputable pet stores no longer sell puppies and kittens.
I agree with the Humane Society of the United States that all puppy mills should be shut down. The conditions are so deplorable that the health problems of the puppies don’t show up right away. By the time they do, it’s too late. The owner has become attached, the vet bills start to pile up, and eventually the dog must be put to sleep. Buying a puppy on the Internet can also have bad consequences.
For those of you who are thinking of buying a puppy from any pet store, do your homework first. Take the advice from a code-of-ethics dog club, do research on where the puppy comes from or adopt a precious dog or cat from a rescue group or from our local animal shelter. Also, ads in the paper for puppies that have “both parents on site” are called “backyard breeders” and rarely are registered with AKC or have any show or obedience credentials. Beware there, also.
South Lake Tahoe
Janis Brand’s response (April 25) to my letter while I was traveling requires my response.
Why is it that everyone who has an opinion different than the conservatives is an “elitist, America-hating liberal?” I was taught that it’s the responsibility of the citizens of a democracy to stand up when they feel their government is wrong. That doesn’t mean I hate America. I’m just being a good citizen.
President Bush squandered the support of the international community by invading Iraq. The majority of the world stood with us after the attacks on 9/11.
Many military experts feel there are no military options available in Iraq. I agree with the “china shop” theory mentioned by Colin Powell. We have an obligation to the Iraqi citizens to rebuild their country’s infrastructure.
How many actually know the benefits of the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans? They benefit from “qualified” dividends taxed as low as 5 percent. Not everyone has the assets to benefit from the 15 percent capital gains tax. Fewer than 1 percent of the families in this country pay the estate tax.
Tax cuts don’t create jobs. Demand for products and services creates the need for an employer to hire more workers. The estate tax was designed to prevent the creation of an elite class in this country. Some of the wealthiest Americans agree about the need for this tax.
Congress has the responsibility to hold hearings and monitor executive branch activities. It’s called oversight. The president isn’t king.
Our next president will need to unite this country. We all have an opinion as to who will do it best. We need someone who can make correct decisions and won’t pander to special interests.
South Lake Tahoe