Letters To The Editor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

October 20, 2006

Neutering animals is the only solution

I applaud Jennifer Mead, the executive director of the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, and all who are responsible for making the city's animal shelter a more caring and humane facility ("City's shelter adopts kinder, gentler policy," Oct. 12).

Officials at the shelter are spending considerable time and effort to save the lives of animals and reduce euthanasia rates by increasing adoptions and working with private rescue groups.

While this is a tremendous accomplishment, it unfortunately will be virtually impossible to find enough responsible homes to deal with the flood of animals entering our shelters on a daily basis.

As more rescue organizations are striving to become no-kill shelters, they are beginning to face the grim reality that they simply cannot keep up with the steadily increasing numbers of unwanted cats and dogs.

Is there a humane solution to this dilemma?

Of course there is, and it is already being employed in New Hampshire, California, Delaware, Virginia and a host of other states and cities.

These states are providing the public with large-scale low-cost or no-cost spay-neuter programs in conjunction with local veterinarians.

And guess what? It's working. The programs are dramatically reducing euthanasia rates by preventing thousands of unwanted litters of pets, thereby reducing the tremendous burden placed on our shelters.

By supporting the efforts to bring these programs to our communities, together we can save millions of animal lives.

Shirley Keeling

Forest Hill

The writer is an independent animal advocate and rescue worker.

Cardin isn't really a peace candidate

Paul West's report on the Maryland Senate race ended up reading like a puff piece meant to rally support for Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin ("Iraq war is key point of dispute in Senate race," Oct. 19).

Mr. West even describes Mr. Cardin as "the dovish Democrat."

That might seem true when he is compared with other Democrats. But make no mistake: Mr. Cardin is no peace candidate.

If Mr. Cardin is willing to cut funding for the war in Iraq, why has he voted 14 times to approve funding?

Why did he vote against a resolution requiring the president to provide an exit strategy?

And how does Mr. Cardin's plan for a "gradual pullout" over 16 months give Iraq any "better chance for stability" than Kevin Zeese's plan to pull out in four months?

If Mr. Cardin really believes that the Iraq war is a "disaster" and a "colossal mistake," how does he explain his continuous support for bills funding the occupation of the country and permanent bases in Iraq?

Mr. Zeese is the only peace candidate in this race.

The Sun should be reporting that.

Blaise Strandquist

Silver Spring

The writer is a volunteer for Kevin Zeese's Senate campaign.

Getting in the ring with King is no help

Please tell me that Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele was misquoted when he appeared to compare Don King to Thurgood Marshall ("Steele calls in heavyweight," Oct. 17).

Surely, even in the midst of a political campaign, Mr. Steele knows the difference between a total huckster who was convicted of killing another human being and the first African-American to sit on the Supreme Court of the United States.

Perhaps Mr. Steele is somewhat confused about the other experience these two men had in American courts of law.

While Mr. King has battled against allegations by numerous boxers that he has cheated them or not done what he had promised, Mr. Marshall culminated a decorated career as a civil rights attorney by successfully arguing to overcome segregated public schools in the landmark case of Brown vs. Board of Education.

Of course, if Mr. Steele actually made the comparison, it has all the accuracy of his earlier comparison between the use of embryonic stem cell research to treat awful diseases and the type of techniques used by the Nazis.

Steven P. Grossman

Baltimore

N. Korea was hostile long before Bush

After reading the letters "Bellicose policies provoked N. Korea" (Oct. 13) and "Pushing enemies into nuclear club" (Oct. 16), I have to wonder if these writers, and people who think the way that they do, live in a cave or just landed from another planet.

I am not defending President Bush, as a lot of his policies have been less than successful.

However, anyone with a passing knowledge of history or who even pays the slightest attention to the news should know this much: In 1950, North Korea invaded South Korea, and North Korea has been a political and social basket case ever since.

Oh, well, if people can blame a natural disaster such as Hurricane Katrina on President Bush, I guess they can blame anything else on him.

I guess next we'll be hearing that he's responsible for the population drop in Western Europe.

Ken Leary

Essex

NAACP not neutral as monitor of polls

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