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Letters to the editor – Sunday (3-27-2011)

Drug cartels don’t care about laws
I so enjoyed reading the article by Dan Thomasson titled Guns across the Border. I find it extremely humorous that a seemingly intelligent individual can actually believe that tracking sales of firearms in America would result in fewer firearms being purchased by powerful drug cartels in a foreign country.
Let’s see, we have laws stating that drugs are illegal and can’t be brought across the border. We also have laws stating that crossing the border without proper paperwork is illegal. We all know that these laws are extremely effective. We have no drugs in the USA that come from Mexico and we have no illegal aliens in the U.S.A. So, let’s jump on Dan’s bandwagon and write another ineffective law that infringes upon the rights of American citizens.
The people who run the drug cartels in Mexico are not very concerned about violating American laws. Dan then proceeds to bash president Obama (Go, Mr. Thomasson) but for the wrong reason. The reason Mr. Obama does not take on the powerful gun lobby is that he knows the gun lobby consists of many voters like me. We have proven several times that attacking our right to keep and bear arms will result in a massive turnover of elected officials in the federal government. We have no tolerance for representatives who thumb their noses at our Constitutional rights.
Why is it that the Salisbury Post repeatedly prints opinion articles by those who hate guns but never prints any articles by those who support our Second Amendment rights? If you are reading this and want to live in a safe America; join the NRA, vote and get a concealed carry permit. Nothing scares the criminals more than armed citizens.
— Kirk Fessler
Woodleaf
Disregard for life
The case in which a Rockwell couple were arrested for allegedly allowing their animals to starve to death and forcing their children to live in squalid conditions may perfectly exemplify the fact that people who neglect animals often neglect their children or other human dependants, also.
There really are no species lines when it comes to the disregard for life and suffering. Let’s hope that if this couple is convicted, they receive jail time, counseling, a lifetime ban on owning animals, and close monitoring so that their children, if returned, stay safe.
If you know or suspect that someone is abusing animals, please notify authorities immediately—for everyone’s safety. If, for any reason, you are having trouble meeting your animals’ needs, please don’t let them suffer. Options and assistance are available—contact your local animal shelter immediately for help. To learn more about the animal-human abuse connection, visit www.PETA.org.
— Martin Mersereau
Norfolk, Va.
Mersereau is with the Cruelty Investigations Department of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

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